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
The reviews were good and historical fiction is my favorite genre, yet for some reason, I wasn't expecting much. What a surprise when this turned out to be a great book! I made excuses to have to do things which would enable me to continue the story because I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. A significant novel that everyone should read.
I've enjoyed both Verity and Rose Under Fire so much that I hope Elizabeth Wein decides to expand her writings into a few more books highlighting the role of women in this time period, not matter where they were from.
It's like listening to the same story twice, but the second time round reveals some twists and turns.
This book was just okay. It became work just to finish it.
The story and the actors are great! A story about the courage of ordinary people, a story of friendship, and a story spy intrigue. Highly recommend.
Not only was the novel a great one, but the voice acting of the two main characters lent so much more to the story.
The emotional performances provided offered an additional layer to an already wonderful piece. It really made the words on the page transcend and I was swept away into the Maddie and Julie's world.
I had been wanting to read this book for a while, but hadn't the time. That was the reason I chose the audiobook version, as I could easily enjoy the story whilst completing other mundane tasks. The wonderful performances, though, make me wonder if I would have enjoyed the story as much as I did had I simply sat down and read the words off the page. Some truly superb voice acting culminating in an audiobook that I know I will listen to again and again.
The narration for this book was outstanding. The two primary readers read with such nuanced emotion and thoughtfulness, it sounded like they were both telling a story they really lived through. A lot of this book is told through a journal - telling rather than showing - and that story format can be hard to pull off. With this book it was wonderful. I don't think it would have kept my attention if I had a hard copy of the book but the narrators really made this story come alive. Highly recommend!
i know this is a work of fiction, but my heart is broken. i think i need a break. i actually cried & was in shock when it happened. had to go back twice to make sure i heard correct. i highly recommend this book.
A well-written, exciting story with interesting characters in an interesting time. Both narrators were wonderful. Only two minor quibbles: women are repeatedly referred to as "girls," both in the narrative and in the author's note at the end of the book. It made some sense in the narrative at times, but was off-putting coming from the author's lips. From a performance standpoint, the author's note was of a distinctly lower quality audio than the rest of the book. It was a jarring contrast to the rest of the professionally produced audiobook. Still, those two items don't detract from the overall excellence of the story and production.
I took a bit of a risk I think, my very first audio book AND Historical fiction… My most detested of all genres… But I enjoyed it! Just didn’t LOVE it like so many others seem to have done.
The story is written (or told in this case) by two best friends set in World War 2. The first part of the novel is written by Queenie who is a prisoner of war, caught in France by the gestapo. She is made to write an account of why she is in German occupied France, and of her friendship with Maddie, who was flying the plane that brought her into France. The second part of the book is Maddie’s version of events. The first part of the novel written by Queenie is obviously written under duress, and although entertaining, it is not till the second part that it all comes together and the whole truth is revealed.
It was a great book. Extremely well written. The characters were written flawlessly and the research that must have gone into this, especially the planes and navigation aspects, was amazingly thorough!
The audio version itself was impressive. The beautiful Scottish accent of the first narrator was wonderful. I really enjoyed the audio version. I don’t think if i read the written version of this book, i would have enjoyed it quite so much. I enjoyed the audio version because I could do other things. Unfortunately I am yet to master housework and reading at the same time so this allows me to do just that. Its funny, when I read a book I can’t remember much about where I was when I read it. With this audio version I can remember the EXACT moment of the most pivotal shocking moment of the book – I was unloading the dishwasher and nearly dropped a plate!
I really enjoyed how the story came together with the second narrator. Everything started to make more sense and it was extremely interesting. Overall though there were quite a few slower parts but then something really interesting would happen to peak my interest again.
It took me a while to get used to listening to a book being read for me. I haven’t been read to since I was a child so it was a bit difficult for me to stick with it at first. But as the story started to flow I was all in.
I would have liked a little bit of romance. I saw potential there, just to throw a bit in, but nothing really happened. I understand though it was hardly a romantic setting!
Overall I really enjoyed Code Name Verity. However I as I said, I didn’t LOVE it. But that’s not the books fault! Its all me! Its still the highest rating I’ve ever given a historical fiction before.
How deep is your courage and commitment to the ideals and values you stand for? What if the threat of the invasion of your homeland challenged you to stand up for those ideals, even if it put you in the way of serious harm? Even if you might fall into the hands of the enemy?
This is a riveting, moving and sometimes shocking story. Even though it is fiction, it is compellingly drawn from the true stories of those who stepped forward to do everything they knew they could to protect their country's freedom.
The narrator has a beautiful voice that is perfect for each character, particularly the females.
There is graphic violence and torture that could be a bit rough for young and/or sensitive readers. But those intervals do not dominate the book.
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