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
It is hard to say a person enjoyed a book when it is about such a sad and difficult subject as a war. This was a great story, well put together, suspenseful, loving, believable. The readers were perfect. The reading perfect. I usually only listen in the car, but this one went with me everywhere until done as I was hooked.
Maggie for sure! She was very comical yet subtly heroic.
Absolutely perfect. Accents were spot on.
Maggie! She is the kind of person every female aspires to be!
A fascinating inquiry into what makes bravery and the elements of fear, coupled with a retelling of women's roles in the darkest flying days of WWII in Britain. Not my usual reading, but excellently written and read. BRAVA!
The book is from two perspectives. A spy first and then her best friend. It is like two books in one. How it is developed is very unique and I think more than a few will have a difficult time warming to it. I was close to giving up on it but stuck it out and was glad I did. I thought it turned out to be a very well told story in the end.
I laughed, I cried. Hearing the story of two best friends in WW2 England. The storytelling of the main character was incredible. At the end, you'll wish it was a series. Wishing the story didn't end.
5 stars except...I loved this story and the performance. There were a few times where the storyline got intense. There were times when the character was yelling. And the narrator yelled. I'm ok with that, but I wish the producer had done a better job of leveling the audio. There were a few times I had to yank the earbud out of my ear.
The read was great, a different view of the war and the influence women had on its outcome. I liked the characters a lot.
Yes, it was very well written and narrated. It would be perfect for that long drive with parents or teenagers.
Both women were wonderful. And it's the blend of the two that makes the story great.
I don't think I could have imagined the accents on my own. The cadence brings so much personality to the story.
Friends in War
There's history to be learned, the reality of war, friendship, enemies, hardship and bravery under fire.
Born in Ohio, lived in California, Alaska, and now Texas
I have listened to nearly 100 titles from Audible that received high scores and I feel are extraordinary, but I found Code Name Verity to be just ordinary. The characters are likeable, but the story much too long and laborious.
The plot and storyline had merit. The book was interesting at first but seemed to really drag on in the middle. With a bit more editing, this one would have been a much better read.
Avid reader. Baker. Musician. Did I say avid reader?
Absolutely. Amazing book, and harrowing, but just super
Their readings were perfect and I loved that they used two readers
Well, SPOILER, Julie is dead, so it would have to be Maddie and Jamie
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