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 didn't really understand what was going on until chapter 17. It wasn't as gripping as I wanted it to be. the narrator was fantastic. I can see why so many reviewers loved it, but for me it wasn't a bullseye.
I wish I hadn't waited to listen to this book! I've seen this book on the website and in book stores. It sounded interesting, but I always hesitated. I am so glad I finally listened to it.All of the characters were riveting. I am a bit of WWII historical fiction fan, but there were a couple of things that caught me by surprise!
At it's heart it is a story about friendship, sacrifice, and survival.
Elizabeth Wein writing rang completely true and both Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell were excellent.
It is such a compelling story. Beautiful to listin to. It made me think about my own courage and ability to go into dangerous places to fight for freedom.
Into the light I cannot see
I was able to get a strong sense of the women's personality and their friendship.
A wonderful story about a terrible time in history but adventures of a beautiful and loyal friendship.
This book was well worth the listening. The narration was excellent. The story is told in such a way that you feel as if you are watching a movie. The torture scenes were difficult but gave authenticity. I appreciate the authors extensive research and listening to her at the conclusion of the book.
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Sometimes I was a little confused in the change of characters and settings...but they may have been more my fault because I was busy doing other things.
It was not hard in that it didn't bore me, rather it was mysteriously difficult to stay awake. I kept finding myself asleep and having to back up to the spot where I fell asleep. This could be purely my health, but I think it is a combination of factors. The two main women characters are tremendous. Their stories are huge reminders of how easy Americans can have things, if they weren't alive and involved in any wars. We also learn the struggles of women and the ways in which they are felt with intensity that is unique from what men feel. It is not more or less important, but a vital understanding for all of us. From complete coincidence, I found myself reading two books about pilots in a row. I loved that, though I personally have no interest in doing it for myself.
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