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 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.
This book is detail driven and I feel that I would get something new out of it every time I listen to it.
The readers did an excellent job and I will look for more of their projects.
I wish that I could have had the luxury of listening to it in one sitting, but it is a good 10 hours. I got the e-book version on my kindle so that I could read along and backtrack when I needed to.
This book was purchased out of desperation as there was nothing else that interested me in the best sellers cue for Audible. My surprise was that this book totally drew me in after the first few chapters and I was just transported to another time. Very well written and well read. I must have looked like quite the site jogging down the road crying like a baby or laughing like and idiot. Very emotional, extremely gripping, and a story that I will never forget. If they make it into a movie I hope they do it justice. So well done!!!
I bought this book because it was favorably compared to the delightful The Guernsey and Potato Peel Pie Society. Other than the facts that they are set in WW2 Great Britain and the protagonists are female, they have nothing in common. There is nothing heart warming or redemptive about this book. It drags on interminably(even at 1.25x reg speed) to its miserable, depressing end. The reader was excellent, but even she could not save it. 😝
The narrators gave a powerful and compelling performance, however the storyline was nothing like what I expected. The plot was extremely hard to follow as it jumped from place to place and story to story. I was unable to keep all the characters straight and there was just too much happening all at once. The story was supposed to be about a powerful friendship between two girls during WWI and I didn't get that out of the story at all. I was left wholly confused and disappointed at the end of the story. I'm going to get my credit back.
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