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Code Name Verity | [Elizabeth Wein]

Code Name Verity

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....
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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

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    monica chapel hill nc, NC, United States 10-13-14
    monica chapel hill nc, NC, United States 10-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "well written"
    What made the experience of listening to Code Name Verity the most enjoyable?

    Readers were excellent


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Julie. Strong, determined, goal oriented


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me cry. Very sad. How in an instant we make life decisions which influence our lives from that point on


    Any additional comments?

    They could have left out the singing

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Westenhaver Austin, TX 09-30-14
    J. Westenhaver Austin, TX 09-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Gripping story, Great narration"
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    This was a really great story about two courageous women during WW!!. They're as close to being soldiers as was possible back then. This is an amazing tale of their friendship. I had no idea when I was listening to this book that it is considered a YA title. It's certainly more sophisticated that any other YA book I've read. I was wondering why there wasn't much swearing in the book. Not that I'm complaining! It's so nice to hear an audiobook with very little cussing. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

    While I adored Morven Christie's narration, I wasn't crazy about Lucy Gaskell. I wish they'd just let Morven do it all. Fortunately Morven's character does most of the talking.

    This was one of those stories that once I finished, I started it all over again.

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    Jamie Fox 09-26-14
    Jamie Fox 09-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Vivid tale of friendship and women's roles in WWII"
    What about Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell ’s performance did you like?

    The voices and reading suited the characters well. It was like listening to the characters telling the story rather than someone reading the story to me. The accents were appropriate without being distracting or difficult to understand.


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    Theresa algonquin, iL United States 09-13-14
    Theresa algonquin, iL United States 09-13-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing Narrators"

    Others have detailed the strengths of this excellent book, but I'd like to give praise to the narrators. A bad narrator can be grating in an otherwise good story, but I'd never before encountered one that added so much to the book. The woman narrating Queenie is perfect. Her pauses and intonation and breathing are perfect. It guts you every time she says "God," all pained and broken.

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    Linda 08-29-14
    Linda 08-29-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful narration really set the mood"
    Would you listen to Code Name Verity again? Why?

    Yes, the narrator really brought the characters and story to life


    What does Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The first narrator (for Julie) was simply fantastic, she really captured the changes in mood between happiness and despair and told the story in a way you would miss if you were reading it yourself.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is billed as teen fiction but i would recommend it for all ages, a really terrific story full of suspense and emotion.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 08-22-14
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 08-22-14 Member Since 2015

    I love books!

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    "a good story"

    First time author for me. One thing I do with every new author I read is to research the background of the author just to get a feel for where they come from. I bought this book without knowing anything about the author, just thinking the plot sounds interesting and I like WWII stories. When I started the book and did the background check I learned the author is an American that married a Brit and settled in Scotland with her family. Further, she first made her name as an author writing books for young adults. My first thought was that this book was being written for young people and might make light of the subject due to that. Then when you figured the two main characters were young women, another double take. But I still liked the plot and kept on with it. I was pleasantly surprised that in spite of my reservations this story stands on its own, my preconceptions were without merit. The author writes a good story. I wondered at times if the British really allowed women to fly planes to France during the war and did they send in female spies and the author herself makes a little diatribe at the end saying there weren't a lot but women did do both of these tasks during the war. I will look forward to her next book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    InsideADog 07-23-14
    InsideADog 07-23-14
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    "Well written, well read"

    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.

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    Emily J. 07-17-14
    Emily J. 07-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't stop listening!"
    Would you listen to Code Name Verity again? Why?

    Excellent narrator!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maggie for sure! She was very comical yet subtly heroic.


    What about Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell ’s performance did you like?

    Absolutely perfect. Accents were spot on.


    Who was the most memorable character of Code Name Verity and why?

    Maggie! She is the kind of person every female aspires to be!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Norman, OK, United States 05-10-14
    Sandy Norman, OK, United States 05-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I expected much more"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I didn't like that the entire book is told as a story and a great portion of it is told as the main characters are writing it down on paper. I liked the actual story but just not the way it was told.


    Would you recommend Code Name Verity to your friends? Why or why not?

    No I wouldn't. I just wasn't crazy about it, therefore, I will not recommend it.


    What does Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I had read comments about some listeners not liking the narrators but I thought they did a very good job. They kept me interested even though I didn't like the format of the book. If I would have read this book instead of listened, I'm not sure I could have read the whole thing. Also, one of them has a beautiful singing voice.


    Do you think Code Name Verity needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I won't read it


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca J. Leamon Ellsworth, ME United States 04-17-14
    Rebecca J. Leamon Ellsworth, ME United States 04-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "All-round Excellent!"

    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!

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