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
Hard to parse out just one thing - everything about it came together to make for superior entertainment but also a thought-provoking journey that has stayed with me in the days since I finished listening to it.
Never heard either of them before but will look for them both now because they were superb.
I chose this audiobook based on all of its excellent ratings, and I was not disappointed. It was a great story, based on historical events, with wonderful main characters, and the readers expertly brought them to life.
Story of two young women in WWII, one an air transport pilot, the other a special agent, who become close friends. Story is told half by one, then half by the other as they explain from their own perspective what went awry in a special mission.This is a compelling storytelling device, because as one listens to the second half, one re-interprets the first. THe characters -- including secondary characters -- are well developed. I wished I could meet some of them. I learned a lot about women in special roles in the British military. Excellent narration.
This beautifully written book captivated me throughout the entire novel.
The story is exciting. The characters are fascinating, and the readers are absolutely perfect.
I'm glad I listened to this book as an audiobook because the voices added so much dimension to the book.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes audiobooks.
Fast paced trek through a few months in WWII with two best friends -- who happen to be a female pilot and a female spy. Told through journal entries, it is a poignant tale of friendship against a backdrop of moonlit night flights, secret missions and the horrors of war. The plot is fast paced and satisfying, the writing beautiful and the history well researched -- with just the right amount of fascinating detail. I liked it so much I listen to the entire book in two days.
Lover of books with a good plot, strong characters, lots of action, no whiners allowed, and only a small amount of well placed cheese
(This is not a review because it's impossible to write one without giving away details - loose lips cost lives and such).
I just finished listening to this book and even though I should probably wait until I can find them but I feel compelled to write this now. I can't remember when I've been so moved by a story as I am by this one. At the end of the book the Elizabeth Wein explains about some 'details that have been debated' Whoever questioned the accuracy of said details wasted their time reading this book because the heart and soul of this book is the story of the friendship between Julie and Maddie, the bravery of the men and women (military and civilian) who fought against the Nazi's, and ability to do the unthinkable when it has to be done.
We can all learn a lesson from those nameless people who were made to 'just disappear' or were used up and then sent to camps... These people knew what would happen if they were captured and they went on their missions anyway.
Fly the plane Maddie...
This book was part of a list recommended by one of the Audible editors, and it is a gem. I'm going to share it with my friends right away.
The first person account, plot, use of language, and attention to history are stunning. And the readers....DON'T read this book yourself. Let the actresses perform the accents and inflections as they are so richly able.
What a wonderful experience. There are passages of this book that I want to memorize because of how beautiful and heartbreak they are.
As for the readers, they've given perhaps the best fictional performances I've heard in ages.
I'll be listening to this again and again.
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