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 took me three tries to get into this audio book because it was tough to keep track of who's who, but boy am I glad I kept trying. The readers' performances are the best of any audio book I've experienced. They don't really read but rather perform and they are stunning (especially the first reader).
I expected a book for a younger audience. I was hooked from the first paragraph of the first chapter. I was mesmerized -- I did not laugh but I felt every moment of angst that the main characters felt. And, Yes, I cried at the end. The first half was better than the second, but I could not stop listening.
I loved Julie -- for her strength and her sense of honor
Pate au Choux
This book was wonderful to listen to, and the story like everyone says cannot be explained without giving anything away. Tragic, beautiful, with humor and humanity.
I love historic fiction and I'm fascinated with WWII at the moment. I found the story very intense, definitely interesting, and utterly captivating.
The performances by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell were both excellent.
I would listen to it again!
Excellent characterization and plot make this one of the most compelling stories of WW2 I know. The role of women as pilots and spies, beautifully portrayed, was fascinating. The friendship between the two young women seemed authentic for its time, even in crossing class boundaries. Both readers were excellent. I recommend this novel highly!
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
(NO spoiler here.) So, I was annoyed at the beginning of the book, and numerous times throughout. The (English and Scottish) heroines are extremely chipper during war time in England and France. I thought Americans had a reputation for being upbeat, but these two characters kept smiling and making self-deprecating remarks and "golly gee whiz" comments even in the scariest and most desperate situations.
Now that I have listened to the whole book, I believe that the author used this cheerful tone to lull the reader into a state of relaxation and ease, so that - when she does throw something tragic at us - it hits harder. Good technique. It worked on me.
But it still seemed unrealistic and it still annoyed me, so I could not give this book a 5.
The narrator was fine.
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