Two young women's stories intertwine with the history of WWII, of women pilots and spies, of France, England, Scotland and Germany
Not telling. LOTS of memorable moments--even the small ones.
I think this might be my first. It will not be my last.
No. This is a book I loved listening to every time I got to it--and was glad it was the one on my Ipod.
Fabulous narrators, horrific detail, hard-to-stomach plot twist, wonderful connection among elements of story, flawless, satisfying resolution.
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!
Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.
It is elusive, yet it is accurate. The title fits perfectly.
I love the delicate weaving of the stories told by both women, and that the book was not a "I have already read some similar story". You need to pay attention and you keep wondering what will happen next. This book is a real "page turner". I will read it again! So worth the credit.
One of best narration I have heard in a long time. Especially Ms Morven Christie. Both ladies did a wonderful job!
I can't tell, I would give it away, but YES they are two or three moments. Love the aspect of the friendship
Get this book, you will not regret it! Well written, interesting, refreshing, heartfelt and just oh so good!
OCD over books, listening to 1 a day; ANY genre, fact & fiction. Influenced by Audible reviewers so I keep mine unbiased - FRONT to BLACK!
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.
* 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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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.
Gripping, intriguing, heart-wrenching
To tell any of them would ruin the story
This does not read like adolescent fiction; it's a complex story with fascinating character development.
I was ready to return the book soon into starting - the setting for the first half morally did not feel right... I didn't want to read the writings of someone on the Allied side committing treason, especially after reading a book on a war hero, though I understood the circumstances of the woman in doing so.
Before getting ready to return it, I reread the racvng reviews that compelled me to buy the book in the first place. Thankfully none of them had spoilers but did hint at a great story and reward for continuing the book (there are two halves / perspectives if you like me didn't realize that). The reviews re motivated me to continue with the book and I'm glad that I did. I now understand why so many people speak of rereading it...I'll be doing the same!
Beautiful story of enduring friendship. Also, wonderful reminder of the risks people take for the sake of humanity in the time of war and crisis.
Great narration, especially the different voices and accents.