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
Christie and Gaskell were superb narrators...they "were" the two main characters in this unique story. I felt every emotion and physical reaction they experienced as narrators as though it was happening to them personally.
Heart breaking, funny at times and leaves you questioning why the wrong people are so often found in positions of authority. Why cruelty is a response when a threat to authority is perceived.
I never saw the ending coming. Maureen S.
I finished Code Name Verity yesterday and I'm already considering starting again right now. I loved this book. The plot was fresh and the narrator was fabulous!
I can't think of one.
I have not, but I'm going too!
Twists and turns around every corner.
I have never written a review for an Audible book before but this audio book blew me away. I binge listened and ignored everyone and everything until I was done. I was hooked from the beginning. I was totally blown away by the narrator, her accents were spot on (and there were a bunch, how did she keep them all straight?) and the expression in her voice was perfect and she has a great singing voice to boot. She was a delight to listen to. I hated to see this book end.
I listened to this book in a 24 hour period... not because I'm a speed listener, but because I was totally engrossed in the story. The narration was spot on and I felt as I did when I was a young child and my grandmother (who was a war bride in England) used to tell me stories. She could mimic accents from Welsh to Scottish and Irish. I loved this book; the way it was written, the attention to detail and the characters. I laughed out loud at times (there are some pretty funny parts) and I got teary at others.
Two women who become best friends fly into enemy territory. One is captured by the SS and the other hides in safety. We get the story from both their perspectives. It feels like a truthful account of what their lives would have been like. The torture scenes almost had a young adult fiction like quality to them keeping the gruesomeness out of the telling.
Doc mom, Voracious Audible Listener, and regular Amazon customer from way back when it was just an online bookstore.
The story is beautifully told, heart wrenching, chilling, raw, and while not true, most definitely honest in its depiction of the unspeakable horrors that took place during the Nazi Regime. I did not believe The Book Thief could be topped. This book is at minimum a rival. Thank you to the author for telling such an amazing story. The narrators were suburb, as well.
I most enjoy reading spiritual books to nourish my soul; psychology books to enhance my profession; & psych thrillers for fun escapism.
I am speechless. And in awe of the courage of so very many people who fought against and were subjected to the evil that was WWII.
I came to love Verity (who was Julie) and Maddie, just as they came to love each other through their friendship. This book was difficult to listen to, so much so that I had to return it shortly after Part 2 began.
As the months went by, I felt strangely guilty leaving them where I had left them when I returned the audiobook. So I purchased it again and completed it--and am glad I did.
I am grateful to the author, who dedicated her talent and hard work to this important work. And to both narrators for capturing every word, every pause so brilliantly.
Fiction it may be, but as the author stated in the afterward, she worked hard to make everything in the book "plausible". It is a fascinating story with characters one can identify with. WWII is a war everyone knows something about but a new story expands one's view of the whole experience.
This is an amazing story. I had no idea when I started this story that it would haunt me afterward. So touching, courageous, and thought provoking. The narrators do a wonderful job, and the production was engrossing. I highly recommend this book. I am not a crier, but the end really got me.
I felt that each of the characters were so well written that it would be wrong to pick one. They all came vividly into my mind as the story played out.
Code Name Verity is what I would choose. It's the reason I decided to look at the book for selection in the first place.
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