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
Readers were excellent
Julie. Strong, determined, goal oriented
Made me cry. Very sad. How in an instant we make life decisions which influence our lives from that point on
They could have left out the singing
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.
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.
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.
Yes, the narrator really brought the characters and story to life
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.
This book is billed as teen fiction but i would recommend it for all ages, a really terrific story full of suspense and emotion.
I love books!
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.
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.
Maggie for sure! She was very comical yet subtly heroic.
Absolutely perfect. Accents were spot on.
Maggie! She is the kind of person every female aspires to be!
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.
No I wouldn't. I just wasn't crazy about it, therefore, I will not recommend it.
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.
I won't read it
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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