I am photographer and mother of two. I am a lifelong bibliophile and lover of stories in general, and I discovered audiobooks because I no longer had time to read. It has been a beautiful friendship.
Undoubtedly, though I would like to read in print just to test if this is true. This is one of those books in which it is very hard to distinguish the skill of the narrator(s) from that of the author, and between the three of them the characters absolutely come alive.
I had no idea what to expect with this, and I fell madly in love with the heroines of the story. It manages to delve deeply into the madness and gravitas of a brutal war engineered by brutal people, while also pirouetting gaily through the capers of the two women. Because it made me laugh it also made me very genuinely horrified and sad. When it was finished I turned around and listened to it again, both to hear them tell their stories once more, and to appreciate with wiser ears the deliberate path of the journey. While I do on occasion re-listen to books, this was first time I've ever done so immediately.
No, I have not.
So many, but to list them would be to give too much away. One of my favorites early on is when Queenie and Madi first meet. It is so thrilling to witness (even fictional) people being ingenious and supremely competent in outrageous circumstances.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
This is a moving book that should not be missed. It is so accurately based on historical premise that every word is not only believable, but personal. Loved the narrators and found the story to be compelling and intriguing. There are few "happy endings" in wartime, and this one is no different, although the reader can't help but be well satisfied in the end. Don't miss the author's footnote at the end of the recording. It will further seal the deal for you that this is a great work.
I intend to listen again, as I think there are a lot of things I missed in the first performance.
Verity, as there are so many shades to her character.
I wasn't positive I would get into this book, so started listening very tentatively. Before I knew it, I was totally into the book, and looked forward to my daily walks and other activities where I can listen. I was amused, shocked, disturbed, surprised, and ultimately fell in love with this book. The narrators did a stunning job, and I would listen to it again just to hear them. I can't imagine why this is being marketed as a YA book. If you don't have some years of experience in life, I think you would miss out on a lot of the content. But what do I know?! I recommend this book to EVERYONE!
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
I tend not to like YA books. I just don't. I never would have listened to this one if I'd known up front is was considered YA - and that would have been a pity. I would have missed a terrific listen.
While not history but historical fiction, I thought much of what happened was possible. It seems that more and more I hear about specific women and their role in WWII. I am astounded that their names are not well known to all of us. This is a perfect illustration of the kinds of things women did during the war - often without recognition.
There are plenty of plot summaries already written. They border on being spoilers and that's unfortunate. Listen to this book with an open mind and just let it take you.
The narration is spot on. I cannot imagine anyone doing it any better.
Overall it was just too longwinded and boring for me. I know it was supposed to be "longwinded" in the fact that Verity needs to extend her tale as much as possible because she is a prisoner but there is only so much I can read about the different types of airplanes, controls, and flight patterns.
The performance was great actually in that she nailed the accent to my ear at least, was easy to understand, and not annoying.
Overall I just couldn't get into it, and sadly quit about a quarter of the way through. It's just that every time I tuned into listen I would get bored, easily distracted and pulled from the story, and then need to rewind to figure out what was happening. Especially as the main character has so many names and jumps from time to time.
Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.
For mature YA's and adults it's an award winning read, quite intense yet uplifting. Such a difficult story to tell right... Elizabeth Wein deserves accolades for her creative presentation. I was a little irritated with the point of view jumping around from first to third and back again... and also the inconsistencies in what Queenie should know of Maddie versus the great amount of detail she shares. Thus the four stars. However, once the tale is told the reader understands this and I found in going back and listening to previously irritating spots... knowing the end made them brilliant. WWII as experienced in occupied France as a prisoner and spy was new for me and I enjoyed the historical insight. The resilience of the main characters makes what they endure much more bearable for the reader. It has the feel of "The Potato Peel Pie Society." I will read again.
60 yr old retired
When this book began I was not sure I would like it. It is a story told in a story. I am so glad I listened to it. I can say it is one of those books that just will stay with you. The readers were all great. I laughed and cried. I felt a connection. (as a female pilot, I enjoyed relating to Kitty Hawk!)
This is classified as young adult and historical fiction. I generally read mysteries and thrillers. I can't say much about the content of the book without giving too much away; just give it a try!
Wein's voice keeps you hooked into the story told by a captured WWII Scottish female spy. Told in the first person, I kept wondering where this was all going -- then came the twist! So well crafted a story line. I really enjoyed this book. Not the best I've heard, but right up there with books well worth my time.