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
Not my favorite book ever along world war tellings, but it was engaging and followed many of the same story lines of other true stories I have read. I suspected that many true facts were used. It was obvious that much research went into the story. Loved the narrator.
Compelling story. Started while cleaning the deck and ended up cleaning the whole house so I could keep listening. Both narrators did an excellent job and while some of the plot twists were expected (I think this was done intentionally?) others caught by surprised. Solid use of a credit.
You will be gripped by this story of friendship, bravery, challenge and love in a world that seemed to be falling apart. If we all took a short trip back in time when we are feeling disaster all around us, I think it would be easier to find our bearings.
Yes. I think I would have stopped reading the print version way before I got hooked.
To be honest, the torture scenes were so disturbing to me that I almost returned the book. I'm so glad I kept listening. It is such a beautiful story, and such a good reminder of the price so many people paid for the freedom so many of us enjoy today.
Yes, I absolutely would. This has been one of my favorite audio books so far. The story was captivating and the narrators did a wonderful job. This was such an amazing story of friendship, faith, perseverance, and love. Among much more!
The relationship between Maddie and Julia. :)
I loved their accents and the emotion in their voices. They did a tremendous job!
That really is a tough one... For me though it would have to be Julia. I absolutely loved listening from her point of view and following along with her story.
KISS ME HARDY!
Two aspects of this book make it an absolute joy to read: (1) the story itself, which is intriguing, intense, romantic, taught, unpredictable; and (2) the wonderfully developed narrative voices of the two main characters. Wein creates two distinct protagonists -- one Scottish, the other British -- and gives them fabulous dialogue (both internal and spoken). The main characters are all at once incredibly strong, yet highly vulnerable. They both assume the role of unlikely hero, which imparts in them a good dose of humility to balance out their swagger.
I loved both characters as performed by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell. I will say, though, that I was absolutely mesmerized by Christie's performance -- something about her Scottish affect and wonderful inflections made it almost impossible for me to press the "pause" button. I enjoyed Christie's performance so much that I chose my next audiobook (Burial Rights) almost exclusively because she narrates it. (fortunately, Burial Rights is developing into a really good book, as well).
If you're a fan of WWII fiction set in Occupied France and/or Britain (as I apparently am), you will love this book. It's a fast-paced, tightly woven, romantic, intriguing story that I found incredibly difficult to put down. And it will stay with you long after you finish it (that's the poignant part!)
This is a book set in World War II with great female main characters who are NOT just camp followers. They are primary actors – – a pilot and a spy. As impossible as that sounds, I've heard that such things happened, and the author makes it very very plausible. This was a great story, but it involves Nazis, so bad things do happen. Kind of a lot. But it's not all doom and gloom. This is one of those books that I recommend without reservation.
The story is about two girlfriends, and is told in two halves; during the first half you are just following along nodding and enjoying; and then the second half skips back in time again and follows the other friend telling the same story from her perspective, and you slowly start to realize the THE FIRST FRIEND WAS LYING in parts, and start to pick up why and how, it suddenly what you thought was just a good story turns into a multidimensional mystery I simply could not put down.
If you have the faintest interest in WWII historical fiction, flying airplanes, or interesting, strong characters, then I can't recommend this book highly enough. I picked it up on Audible and started listening on Sunday afternoon; could barely stop long enough to sleep and picked it up immediately again in the morning and listened till I was finished. The narrators Audible chose were brilliant as the story switches between Scottish and English accents flawlessly, taking you immediately into the story.
It's hard to talk much about the story without spoilers, but there are many plot twists, lots of suspense, moments that genuinely wrench the heartstrings, acts of great bravery, and you never quite know how anything will end for certain until the very last page. This is the first book I've enjoyed for years that left me feeling as bereft as if I'd lost a good friend when there was no more to it and I had to return to reality. Granted, I grew up reading Biggles books and I love the Connie Willis SF set in the WWII era, but I'd heartily recommend this to anybody.
"Great narration of a great story"
A Carnegie medal short listed book. This was a story that kept me intrigued from start to finish with characters that I immediately warmed to. The two narrators added to the story.
Thank heavens this wasn't longer as I listened to it in one go and stayed up very late!
A beautifully written story of friendship at a time of adversity.
The actual story is gripping, confusing and inspiring.
One of those books which is a novel, but has been based on events if not individuals. Maddie and Queenie are enchanting characters who you only wish you could have met.
I remember many years ago speaking to a lady who had been in the S.O.E. in France, who still would not talk about what she had done, because of The Official Secrets Act and Queenie reminded me so much of her. Quiet people who did an incredibly dangerous job, and whose main concern was that they put others at risk.
This version is beautifully told with two voices to mark the divide.
Well worth a listen.
"I adored it!"
Oh yes, I have done and will. I will also recommend they try and get the audio version, as I think the narrators performance elevated the book to a higher level, and I did wonder if I would think it was as exceptional if I had just read it the traditional way. Why would I recommend it? Well because it's better than most books. It doesn't fall into the good while you are reading it, but forgettable category or an entertaining enough diversion, it is simply a great book. And great books are few and far between.
The two girls; their differences, their bravery and their love for each other. They were splendid.
I suppose I liked Julie best, but didn't get to know her very well under the circumstances. Maddie was lovely though, and heartbreaking and warm and brave.
oh God, yes. Both. And terribly sad...
I envy people who haven't read this as they get the chance to experience it for the first time.
"Best audiobook I've ever bought"
Absorbing, challenging, different
Blackout & All Clear - the same excellent storytelling and strong female characters.
That would give the plot away, but I can say, when the pieces of the puzzle fell into place.
Both - but mostly cry as it's quite a harrowing story
The narrator was fantastic - really captured the different characters extremely well. It's very unusual to have a story with so many female characters that doesn't lose it's way having them focus of men - none of that here. The writer captures their characters in a rounded way and concentrates on the events that move the plot forward. Amazing book - one of those you think about when it's finished.
Absorbing, "page-turner", Intrigue.
Oh yes! I just could not stop listening!
Initially I couldnt see where it was going. I was tasked to read/listen to it, so I was determined to keep going with it. Then the intrigue got me and I just could not stop listening! I loved it. I certainly did not see the twist coming and when they started, they continued until the end of the book. Fantastic book! I will definitely be seeking more from this author and more from the readers. The performances were superb! 10/10!
I defy anyone to not shed a tear at the end. The book is full of humour, emotion and historical interest. A truly heart warming read.
"Such an amazing story; heart warming and wrenching"
This is one of the most gripping audiobooks I've listened to so far. I'd look forward to my walk to and from work, just to find out what happens.
If I had the time I could easily have spent hours just listening to this book.
It is just a great but plausible story that encapsulates an era of great risk, terror, heart break and courage but also of friendship, love and trust. There are lots of twists in this story and I loved the detail that went into it. I also enjoyed how it was written in two accounts and how all the threads come together in the end. A beautiful story of friendship and a harrowing account of war.
"A great listen!"
I listened to the audiobook and have to say that it was very well read, with two readers doing the separate sections (there are two narratives, each written by one of the two main characters). It was therefore a very enjoyable listen, and also a rather quick one. The story itself is very engaging. It is aimed at YA readers, but I would say that it no less a novel for adults. It is a historical novel which takes place during the second World War. The novel details the friendship of two young women, one of them a spy and the other a pilot. During a mission to France things go wrong and the spy almost immediately gets apprehended by the Germans. The first half of the novel is her "confession", written out for her interrogator in exchange for more time alive. However, things are not all what they seem here... but I really ought not to give much more away in terms of plot.
There are some fairly graphic descriptions of the methods of torture used by the Gestapo, and other scenes that are similarly shocking. The narrative is rather fast paced and despite the overall horror of the situation that Verity has found herself in, there are moments of humour since she is able - despite her suffering - to crack jokes about her interrogators and herself. There are numerous references to literature, such as Kim by Rudyard Kipling and to the poetry of Robert Burns. Verity is a well read young woman, in addition to her education in a Swiss private school. What I also found interesting about this character is her native background; she is a Scottish aristocrat and a descendant of Mary Queen of Scots and William Wallace (or so she claims - it is implied that perhaps we are not meant to take this at face value). Her Scottish roots are important to the story in some ways, and her insistence on being Scottish, not English, is repeated several times in the narrative. One thing that bothered me, though, is the fact that Verity states that Wallace's execution consisted of him being torn apart by four horses. This is grossly inaccurate, since Wallace was hanged, drawn and quartered (horses were no part of it, except probably to draw the wooden hurdle that Wallace was strapped to and in which he was dragged to the place of execution). As a Scotswoman who is both fiercely patriotic and very much aware of Scotland's troubled and dramatic history, Verity would not make this mistake in reality.
All in all, this is an enjoyable and well written novel, and the story-line is in most parts a convincing one. There are, however, some plot developments for which this reader at least really had to consciously suspend disbelief in order to be able to enjoy the story to the full.
(this review originally published on Goodreads)
Tedious boring ,and laborious ,I was extremely disappointed ,I found it fragmented .i will be looking to returning this audio book
"Great read, listen to authors notes"
Wonderful story full of well crafted characters. I laughed out lied and wept big tears.
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