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Code Name Verity | [Elizabeth Wein]

Code Name Verity

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....
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Publisher's Summary

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, and one of the friends has to bail out of a faulty plane over France. She is captured by the Gestapo and becomes a prisoner of war. The story begins in Verity's own words, as she writes her account for her captors.

©2012 Elizabeth Gatland (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    mizscience FAIRFAX, VA, United States 11-06-13
    mizscience FAIRFAX, VA, United States 11-06-13 Member Since 2013

    Psychology doctoral student, making time to read (and now listen!) as much as possible.

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    "Interesting story about oft-forgotten WW2 players."

    A riveting WW2 tale about two girls in oft-forgotten roles during the war (air transport pilot and interrogator). Has lots of the elements that make a book my favorite: intrigue, danger, suspense, multi-dimensional characters, etc. I also have a soft spot for the forever fascinating events of WW2 and this book gave me perspective on situations I'd never thought of before. I would recommend this for anyone who wants an interesting story with some memorable characters. (I gave the performance 3/5 because I wasn't as much a fan of the narrator's interpretation of the character Maddie, which I personally found irritating. The story is excellent though.)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jenn London, ON, Canada 11-05-13
    Jenn London, ON, Canada 11-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Exciting story"
    Where does Code Name Verity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It definitely ranks in my top 5.


    What about Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell ’s performance did you like?

    The story included many different types of accents and they were performed flawlessly.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    *Spoiler*

    It broke my heart my heart when Mady had to shoot and kill Julie to prevent her from being raped and scientifically experimented on in the concentration camp they were in the process of sending her to. It was Julie's idea but for Mady to be able to actually pull the trigger took real courage. I was really pulling for her to be rescued even though I knew it was unlikely.


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    Gayle Kesinger Dallas, TX USA 10-14-13
    Gayle Kesinger Dallas, TX USA 10-14-13 Member Since 2012

    audiobook fan

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    "Great performance, dreadful story!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing could have made this better. Way too violent. Need a disclaimer about the violence.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth Wein again?

    Probably not


    What does Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They are wonderful readers. The only reason I stuck with this audio was because of their voices.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I finally turned it off at the carbolic acid scene which was about 2/3 rds of the way through the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was violent but this is worse. Listening to violence is much harder than reading about violence. Maybe there should be ratings.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gayle Lodi, CA, United States 10-02-13
    Gayle Lodi, CA, United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Thanks, Elizabeth!"

    I downloaded this based on reviewer Elizabeth's recommendation. So glad I did. This was the first book in quite a while to actually make me cry. Love the two main characters, their friendship, and how each stays true to herself and their friendship.

    Highly recommend.

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    Heidi Minneapolis, MN, United States 09-29-13
    Heidi Minneapolis, MN, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Cracking good, but too violent for young readers"
    What did you love best about Code Name Verity?

    Extraordinarily well constructed spy story with wonderful details about WWII. Very well performed. I thought the details on torture would be too much for young adults.


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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 09-22-13
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 09-22-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Pick it up and read it!"

    This is a young adult book written by Elizabeth Wein, however, even though I’m in my 50’s, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. The historical details are interesting and I enjoyed listening to the author’s interview at the end of the story.

    Both Queenie (code name Verity) the wireless operator, and Maddie the pilot in the Air Transport Auxiliary, are great characters in the story. I feel this book can be enjoyed by both males and females of all ages! I promise it will be a pleasant surprise.

    The narrators, Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell, were both excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    oheo Port Townsend, Wa. 09-08-13
    oheo Port Townsend, Wa. 09-08-13 Member Since 2012

    kacey

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    "best and worst"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book delivers a visit to an important place in history. We should be required to feel the actual hardships surrounding war. Real people suffer real atrocities and events are not just in 'that' country where 'those' casualties are daily reports. There is also a celebration of talent, skill and resilience balancing the 'danse macabre' of our darker human selves.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The reader's beautiful voices and excellent reading skills both personalized but softened the main character's ordeal


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

    No favorites!!


    If you could take any character from Code Name Verity out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I don't know that my emotions if meeting any of these characters would be suitable dinner conversation or reaction


    Any additional comments?

    A great experience for my mind and my soul and my conscience as a U.S. citizen of this country so ready to take military action in a world where torture is real. This is truly the best of writing and performance delivery coupled with the very worst attributes of humanity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan San Dimas, CA, United States 09-08-13
    Susan San Dimas, CA, United States 09-08-13 Member Since 2010

    I'm going from chapter to chapter in life. Some are definitely better than others!

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    "Abiding Friendship"
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    The story was far different than I expected. In fact I had to go back and listen to the beginning again because I had such a different mind set than the story being read. In the end I'm glad the author didn't write the typical friendship book I had in mind. You must listen carefully throughout the story. Many things are set up by Julia in the first half of the story, Maddie then brings everything to light in the second half. This is no trivial BFF story. Julia and Maddie are thrown together by the war. From that shared experience a deep and mature friendship is formed. A friendship that reaches out farther than either woman feels capable of going. I highly recommend this book. It is fiction but well researched and could have actually happened. The narrators do a great job. This is a story that will stay with you for quite awhile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    N Dryden, ON, Canada 09-05-13
    N Dryden, ON, Canada 09-05-13
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    "Wow! excellent in all ways."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, without hesitation. This is a really good story and lends itself well to being listened to instead of read. The narrators did an excellent job and their voices were easy on the ears.


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    GPSTrailSource.com 08-23-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Beautifully written and moving story"

    This is a beautifully written and moving book about two young British women involved in the war effort during World War II. The story unfolds such a unique and clever way and I was immediately drawn into it. It is about deep and enduring friendships, the sacrifices people make during war, the extraordinary things that ordinary people accomplished during WWII, and how the lives of so many people were affected by this conflict.

    It is one of those books that will stick with me for a long time. I will definitely go back and re-read this one. Now that I know the full story, I think elements throughout the book will have more meaning for me the second time around. Even though this book is categorized under Young Adult, and has won numerous well-deserved awards for that age group, it is one that would just as easily fit into the historical fiction category for adults. Excellent, excellent book!!!

    The narration was wonderful. Both narrators have wonderful voices and did an outstanding job of conveying the emotions of the story.

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