Father,Husband,Photographer,Book Fiend. 1st Audiobook was 1776 byDavid McCullough;listened while putting up Xmas lights in snowstorm-Hooked!
This sat on my wish list until it wound up on the Daily Deal special....but it was well worth a credit. Loved this book. And I actually had tears in my eyes when the story came to a close, which has only happened one other time. Heroism, danger, strong female leads telling a crucially important story about a critical time in WW II- just a fantastic novel!
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I wasn't aware that this book was considered to be in the Young Adult genre when I bought it. Not that it would have dissuaded me to pass on it. I bought it because of the huge array of glowing reviews. However, about 2 hours in, I thought I was listening to some other book. The way it's written is confusing with the "third person confession" aspect that I didn't really get at first. I couldn't figure out whom was whom and when certain events took place with respect to others. I had to re-read two dozen reviews just to discover that one of the key characters is a prisoner of war, being tortured and interrogated by the Gestapo as a spy!
Overall, the story is confusing and hard to follow. I love WWII stories, both fact and fiction, but this one was a disappointment. Maybe, after 2,000+ audiobooks, I'm a bit jaded but this book hardly qualifies for "the best book I've ever read", as claimed by other reviewers. It's not even in the top 50%! My advice to those readers is to get out more often!
I tried to put myself in the shoes of a YA reader yet I fail to see how this book really falls into that category. It's about grown women doing grown folks things. In some places it's a bit too violent for young people, even by today's over the top depictions of violence and sex. I think I may have enjoyed this book better if the reviews hadn't given me a false sense of its literary attributes. Also, the narrator(s) was just OK, not bothering to make much vocal distinction between the two main characters or even between men and women. Maybe I'm referring to only ONE narrator although two are listed - that's how confusing this story is. With one woman being from Manchester, England and the other one from Scotland, you'd think this would help in telling them apart. Perhaps, I missing something........ Just don't nod off or answer your phone while listening to this book! You will be even more confused!
If you liked this book, more power to you. I don't really buy into the idea that there are good books and bad books - only those which we either like or not. I did not like this one at all. However, I didn't hate it so much that I would warn others away. But neither can I truthfully recommend it.
The narrators, particularly "Verity's" were thrilling to listen to. Wry, witty, emotionally compelling and complex. This is an absolute must listen.
Read this. Read this now. It may tear your heart out, but read it.
I didn't like that the entire book is told as a story and a great portion of it is told as the main characters are writing it down on paper. I liked the actual story but just not the way it was told.
No I wouldn't. I just wasn't crazy about it, therefore, I will not recommend it.
I had read comments about some listeners not liking the narrators but I thought they did a very good job. They kept me interested even though I didn't like the format of the book. If I would have read this book instead of listened, I'm not sure I could have read the whole thing. Also, one of them has a beautiful singing voice.
I won't read it
I have listened to nearly 100 titles from Audible that received high scores and I feel are extraordinary, but I found Code Name Verity to be just ordinary. The characters are likeable, but the story much too long and laborious.
* Hated it! **Endured it, hoping it would redeem itself; *** Okay; **** Great listen! ***** Outstanding! I'll be listening to it again!
I spent my formative years soaking up every book I could find about WWII (both fiction and non-fiction), so I knew all about Allied spies, secret Lysander flights into France and other occupied territories, the French Resistance, and the Gestapo’s response to these activities, so I thought I knew what to expect from this book.
My initial reaction was that of disappointment. I’d made the selection based on overall reader ratings and had not read the detailed reviews; had I done so, I would have prepared me for how the book unfolds. The first half of the book is a narrative by a captured female spy, codename Verity. She tells of her relationship to her friend Maddie, a skilled pilot who ultimately ends up flying her into France, and details her treatment by her French and German guards and Gestapo interrogators.
If you’re squeamish and worried about hearing about the sadistic techniques uses by Gestapo torturers, you need have no fear because Elizabeth Wein uses such a light touch that Verity’s plight just does not ring true and I was ready to rate this as a three-star listen.
Halfway through the book, Maddie takes over as narrator, telling the same story from her perspective. That sounds like a bad plot gimmick, but one quickly realizes that not all is at it seems and forces one to rethink everything one has heard from Verity’s hand and mouth. Ultimately, I had to find a quiet corner and listen to this book through to the end – it’s that compelling of a tale, and cleverly written despite my initial misgivings.
The two narrators both do an outstanding job (Verity and Maddie have their own distinct and authentic voices) – full marks to both of them for bringing their characters alive.
Give it a listen – you won’t regret it.
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Oh – my – goodness. I haven’t cried at the end of a book since The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I mean, WOW. In this historical fiction filled thriller, we meet Verity who is writing journal entries while captured by the Gestapo. Now, let me be very clear that it WILL take you more than half of the book to get into this book, but other reviewers and readers are not exaggerating when they say that it will pay off. I, myself, was extremely skeptical – this book that was “meh” for over 50% – how could it possible turn around? BUT IT DID.
This book made me bawl like a baby and all I could think of was MY best friend, who I’m lucky to blog with, and what I would do if it were the two of us in World War II. If you don’t come away from this book thinking about your best friend, I don’t know what to tell you!
What can I say about Code Name Verity that hasn’t already been said? I agree with my friends here:
“Code Name Verity is one of those books that will be seared into my brain and heart” – Jamie
“This novel tells such a beautiful, moving tale of friendship that will be staying with me for a long while.” -Alexa
Please please make the investment of this book – it’s so hard to ask someone to give a book more than 50% when you aren’t really into it but I promise, it will pay out. (I have told the truth!)
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While this does take place during WWII, this is more about the friendship of two women from different backgrounds doing their bit in the war.
One woman is a German prisoner writing down any information she knows. The other is the pilot that took them to France when they were shot down.
While this isn't your typical war story, it is certainly well worth listening to. The narration is outstanding and the story hooks you early and keeps you riveted throughout. It seems to be a story you may need to listen to again to get all the details missed in the first listen. Not really missed but more like not fully noticed.
Didn't know it was classified as a YA book, but didn't notice during or care afterward.
This book exceeded expectations. And from the hype, mine were high. All I'll say about the plot, aside from 'clever' and 'delightful' and 'heartbreaking', is that you'll want to go back to the beginning to appreciate the brilliance of what you now know that you know. The narration enhances the complex and interesting characters and the entertainment value of the story. I thought this book was listed as young adult, but now I'm not sure. It never made me wish I was reading print so I could cross my eyes and skim over weak areas. No awkward squirming in your chair for this one. Plenty of anticipatory squirming, though!
Don't read anymore reviews. It's best to go into this book knowing only that you won't be disappointed.
Elizabeth Wein has crafted a story of strong young women you have to love and admire, living in a time of high drama. Surprisingly uplifting despite telling a story that is at times difficult to hear, the book has stayed with me, providing food for thought and a wish to know more about the role of women in what is too often depicted as strictly a man's world, the world of war.
If you like historical fiction, this book is for you.