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
I almost didn't listen to this book because I don't usually like "young adult" fiction, but I'm addicted to Foyle's War, so I thought I'd give this one a try. (As it turns out, the last Foyle episode was also about a female AOE agent.) The story was just riveting. I read a lot of books about WWII, but it's rare to find one with female protagonists. (Jackdaws, Enigma, and The All-Girl Filling Station Reunion being exceptions.)
As a retired US Air Force officer (who was stationed in the UK), I also enjoyed all the details about the aircraft & air fields and the camaraderie of the RAF and ATS. But best of all, was the friendship of the two main (female) characters.
Although the story is definitely brutal at times (as all war is), I would have loved this book as a teenager--I would have wanted to join the Air Force after reading it--but then I did that anyway!
This is a really good book....well worth the $$ or credit....not wanting to give away anything.....as many others have said- the twists & turns will keep you engaged...yes- a bit slow at first as others have said and I didnt ding the story for that - but I think it needs to be this way so that it comes together as well as it does....the narrators were top notch...they made this audio version what it is...I plan to listen again for sure....as I know I missed things thru out the story....and I know that listening again I will enjoy it once more with a new perspective.
The story was just a little slow for me at first but it made up for it as the book progressed. I don't know if it was just my mood, so others may not have the problem I did. It really clicked for me when I realized the character was writing about herself in the third person. It says that right in the summary...sigh.
The performances by the narrators were outstanding. I became immersed in the characters...I could believe it was our heroines speaking.
I love the way that all the seemingly trivial details of the story mesh together to make a satisfying conclusion to the story. Well done.
The narration is excellent. Probably the best I've heard in a while and is seamless, given more like monologues than reading. Both of the narrators are theater trained and the Scottish one, Morven, worked in the Royal Shakespeare Company.
The story is incredibly gratifying, bittersweet, exciting. If you're interested in stories about best best friends, spies, World War II, or girls defying the odds put against them, you will LOVE this book. I'm so glad I didn't know much about the book because as it developed I just kept thinking how clever the author was. I don't normally write reviews, but this was so satisfying a listen I felt like I had to.
My plan was to listen while exercising, so as to give me just that little bit more motivation. It worked for a while, but then I couldn't stand not to know what happened next, so I listened while folding laundry and knitting. My husband and I ended up in a race to the finish, sworn to gloat but not reveal any spoilers. He win but just by a little.
The characters are well drawn, the story is compelling, historical details are fascinating and the narration is amazing.
Well-written, suspenseful, believable, uplifting, exciting, and heartbreaking , this was a story that had me from the beginning until the end. I was truly saddened when it was over.
The performance was spectacular! The book was exciting, fulfilling and heartbreaking! It has been a long time since I have felt so utterly affected and moved by the characters of a book yet this book has broken that streak. I highly recommend it to anyone!
The 2nd time through I noticed so many connections that I didn't make on the first listen. I also called cried harder than I did the first time through. Such wonderful, real characters.
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