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sunshineuphoria

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  • Code Name Verity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (940)
    Performance
    (856)
    Story
    (850)

    Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

    Suzn F says: "Haunting, Beautiful, Exquisite, Special Book"
    "An Amazing Story Voiced by Amazing Actors"
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    What made the experience of listening to Code Name Verity the most enjoyable?

    The narrators of this story are pure magic. They brought the characters to life with humor and emotional that brought me into the story and wouldn't let me go. But the plot was not what I was expecting. It changed and developed and shocked me. I love that.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that you don't - and can't - really understand everything you're reading/hearing until the second half. It requires careful listening because there are a lot of important details. A few times I missed things that came up later and that frustrated me. But there is so much detail and color and pain and life in here.

    I love love loved when the story turned and I realized I had no idea what was going on and now I do and it's amazing!


    Which character – as performed by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell – was your favorite?

    Oh choosing between them is like saying "What do you like best about chocolate ice-cream? That it's chocolate or that it's ice cream?" Um, what? They go together. Without one you can't understand the other. Literally Verity's account would be confusing and misunderstood without Maddie's, and Maddie wouldn't even matter if Verity's story didn't explain their incredible friendship. They are a team to be taken as a whole. Christie and Gaskell are PERFECT narrators. Their characters are written very differently and they own their parts completely.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I both laughed and cried. I gasped. I sighed. I ached. When a writer can make you feel those things, they own you. And Wein completely owns me forever.


    Any additional comments?

    Take your time with this. And don't multitask. I did, and I missed so many things. The twists lack punch it you're not paying attention. I learned my lesson about a third of the way through but I wish I had give this the proper focus it deserves. It's beautifully written and wonderfully performed.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Intertwined

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (134)

    With no other family and a life spent in and out of institutions, Aden and the souls have become friends. But now they're causing him all kinds of trouble. Like, he'll blink and suddenly he's a younger Aden, reliving the past. One wrong move, and he'll change the future. Or he'll walk past a total stranger and know how and when she's going to die. He's so over it. All he wants is peace. And then he meets a girl who quiets the voices. Well, as long as he's near her. Why? Mary Ann Gray is his total opposite.

    C. Honohan says: "Intertwined"
    "Waste of a Credit"
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    What disappointed you about Intertwined?

    Everything. It overdid everything.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gena Showalter again?

    Listen? Probably not. No. Read? I don't know... Very slight change of that happening.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jessica Almasy?

    I don't know. But she WAY overacted this. I appreciate the effort to have very distinct voices for all the characters, but the rhythm of her narration reading is awful. It was torture to listen to. I couldn't stand it. I'll never listen to anything read by this narrator again. Sorry.


    What character would you cut from Intertwined?

    Um I thought Riley and Victoria had almost no purpose in this book whatsoever. I think the author is trying to set stuff up for later book, but I hated their characters. I hated their insta-love. I hated basically everything about them. If this story had just been about Aden and his four companions in his head and Mary Ann, it MIGHT have been okay. Those parts were interesting - even genius at times. But everything else - the attempt to make this the everystory of paranormal fiction - trying to *reinvent* vampires, werewolves, witches, goblins, fairies, zombies, future-tellers, AND time-travelers, etc..... IT'S WAY TOO MUCH. And it didn't successfully deliver anything. Honestly, it was a huge disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't get to audiobook. Do yourself a favor and skip it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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