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 might have been misled, and skipped over buying this audiobook as it came out as a children's book; young adults.
I have been retired now ten years. My education occurred without TV and decades before personal computers and the internet Suffice it to say i have read an uncommon amount of literature. This is one of the very best performances and carefully written books in your inventory i wiil be looking for more, please.
High on my list. Great narrators enriched story. Heart warming and sad. Full of friendship and courage. Left my heart aching.
A great read, well developed, and without gratuitous violence though there's no way to escape such given the back drop of WWII. A story of the fierceness of friendship in the midst of chaos.
I loved all the historical information and the first part (the Spys point of view) although the second part was faster paced it seemed a little less mature. This could be to show differences between the two narrators however when the stories come together I feel the result was a little flat and lacked depth. The narrator was fantastic and I could actually see it being made into a movie. It struck me as a slightly more mature Enid Blyton style story without the all happy conclusion. Did not want to give spoilers so I know this is vague.
I wasn't sure what to expect with this story but I couldn't stop listening. There is suspense and heartbreak and overall sacrifice and survival woven into the story. A great listen - narrators are excellent also.
Exquisite, heart-rending, filled with virtue and performed with all-in perfection by two supremely talented actresses. Listen and get lost in fields of la Resistance:
Avid reader, goodreads-er, & instagrammer who always has an audiobook in the background (or foreground) of her life.
There are so many things that make this book work: Journal-style narration that weaves story and history, characters that are realistic for the period and full of personality, heart-stopping plot twists, and a story that is intense and emotional but not completely hopeless. On merit alone, I'd give this book 5 stars. It is excellent.
As far as my personal connection with the book, I'd give it more of an "I liked it" 3 stars, though towards the end (and upon post-reading reflection) I really like it. I enjoyed everything I mentioned above, but i never got truly sucked in, so it dragged in several places. I'd call this book memorable but not a favorite.
Narration was really excellent, especially the first half.
This was an amazing presentation of historical fiction but what made it work so well were the readers! They took written words and breathed life into the characters and story with passion and intensity very, very seldom found in audio books! As good as the writing is, the two ladies made this book!
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