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 had no real expectations going in, but found this book wonderfully crafted, entertaining, at times, heartbreaking. I also found it educational and enlightening!
This story is so plausible and historically accurate that readers can't tell if it is true or not. Highly recommended to either history buffs or fiction readers.
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I really enjoyed this book. It was very well written and dine cleverly as a diary of sorts. It was suspenseful in its own way as you really don't know how it's not only going to finish up but what is going to happen to each of the secondary characters. And it didn't disappoint in tying up any of the story lines.
I thought the narration was was very good. It is rare that I think I'll relisten to a book but there is no doubt that I'll do just that with this book.
I really enjoyed this book a lot. It was exciting and kept me interested. I loved the two main characters. I laughed and cried with them. Even though it is a work of fiction, the author does a great job of making it realistic and believable. I intend to look for other works by this author.
Ms. Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell gave a very good performance. Elizabeth Wein's story seems an reasonably accurate picture of how women in the armed forces of WWII were treated. Up until the bridge I was enjoying the book and then, well the actions on the bridge were unrealistic. I don't want to put in a spoiler, but anyone with the proven ability to shoot as well as she could, would not have allowed the actions to get that out of hand.
Yes! I love WWII books of all types. This book leaves me almost speechless. I cannot imagine reading this book, the narrators are spectacular; the pauses, the sighs, etc., makes this book stand out. In my opinion, this is an amazing book that ranks up there with any classic book.
I have never read a book like this. Surprising details gradually are revealed, her writing style touched my soul. I intend to read her "Rose under Fire."
I think that their narration "made" this book and touched me so deeply.
This is one of those books that I would not like to be made into a movie. This audible version is perfection that I do not want ruined. Books are always better than the movie.
I will remember this book for the rest of my life. It shines bright. The characters are developed richly. Part 1 is the view of Julie (a spy) and Part 2 is Maddy's (a pilot) view. Maddy, Julie and then Julie's brother Jamie. The book ends perfectly. I also loved that the author adds her comments at the end discussing her research for the book.
I am in awe of this book and mostly the astonishing narration for the main character who has the first 2/3 of the book. It is about bravery beyond measure, a friendship that is enviable in its depth and a time period that is one of the darkest in history -- Nazi Germany. I confess that I did not like the ending, but that was mostly because it didn't go my way. I just finished this today and I think I will start from the beginning again tomorrow so that I can catch all the nuances that you tend to miss when you rush through a book because you just can't put it down.
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This sat on my wish list until it wound up on the Daily Deal special....but it was well worth a credit. Loved this book. And I actually had tears in my eyes when the story came to a close, which has only happened one other time. Heroism, danger, strong female leads telling a crucially important story about a critical time in WW II- just a fantastic novel!
Exciting. Suspenseful interesting
strong, confident, brave women with loyalty and friendship in worst of times
They provide lyrical dialect that enriches the differences of the two main characters while giving voice to the affinity and mutual respect that they develop for each other.
all characters were interesting
should be read by everyone
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Though not the type of book I might normally buy, "Code Name Verity" surprised me by its captivating, real life look at UK women aviatrix and their striving to be allowed to fly combat type missions instead of just being the ferry pilots.
Elizabeth Wein has authored a real tension filed novel that is beautifully narrated by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell as code name "Verity" and "KittyHawk"-Verity/Julie is captured and tortured while KittyHawk searches for her in war torn France and bemoans the fear she has of the loss of her pilots license.
Well worth the listen and credit.
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