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.
Though a fictional story it is captivating to be taken back to 1943 and the war in Europe. The heroes in this story are strong, smart women who are support each other. The readers were clear and read with just the right amount of emphasis. Great book.
wow what to say. did not know the full story behind this before listening. well done!
well done. throughly enjoyed the story. the narrators worked their magic and made me believe. can't ask for more.
Over the course of the last few months, I've read three books set in Nazi-occupied France: "All The Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr, "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah, and "Code Name Verity". All three of these books came highly recommended, with rave reviews. All were award-winning novels - the Doerr book even won a Pulitzer. All of them are compelling and kept me glued to the page. But by far, "Code Name Verity" is my favorite of the three.
I think a large part of that is the fact that, while all three of these books contain elements of hope and tragedy, "Verity" features a balance of humor as well. The other two, I suppose, are "serious" novels. But I can appreciate characters who can sometimes - even in the worst of circumstances - laugh at themselves and the mad world around them.
All in all, I can't really recommend this book too highly. It is one I will certainly read over and over again. :)
Code Name Verity opens with a young woman, a prisoner of the Germans in France during World War II, writing the confession they have demanded of her, in order to escape the torture she hasn't been able to withstand. As the story progresses, it become clear we are getting the stories of two young women. Onc is Maddie, daughter of a bicycle shop owner, who rescues a pilot from a crashed plane, starting a chain of events leading to her becoming a transport pilot once the war starts. The other is a young woman called Queenie, initially a wireless operator, who speaks German. She gets recruited first as a translator, and then as an interrogator.
Both women want to contribute more directly to the war effort.
In alternating chapters, we get the prisoner's account of Maddie's experiences, and her meeting with and growing friendship with Queenie, and the prisoner's experiences in the hotel the Germans have made their prison. And, gradually, we begin to understand her motivation and the real goal of her actions.
There's lots of tension and excitement, here, but also lots of character development. Wein explores what was until recently a largely overlooked part of the war: the participation of women in quite dangerous, critical wartime activities, including both espionage and the movement of planes. This was both an absorbing novel, and a fascinating look at a part of the war that was neither armed clashes nor cracking codes.
I bought this book.
Beautiful, sad, heart warming. An emotional ride. Couldn't put it down, I always wanted to know what would happen next to the characters. Although this is fiction, you know that events in this book probably did happen to real people.
Such an entertaining story and very well read; thoroughly entertaining!
The characters were all wonderful, I found myself becoming very fond of the main characters, even the Scottish accent was believable.
I'd take almost any of the characters out to dinner, but would leap at the opportunity to dine with the author!
The Second World War was a unique time in history, especially for women. This is a tale that sheds light on a corner of that history more often than not overlooked.
The book was good. It kept me interested, but not on the edge of my seat. It's not one of those that you hang on to see what's going to happen next. It's just a very pleasant story. Narrator was great!