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
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
I usually really like historical fiction, particularly WWI or WWII timeframe. I found this one very fragmented, confusing and hard to follow. I don't feel that it's appropriate for YA readers or listeners. I kept trying to get in to the actual story line and just couldn't get vested in it,
AMAZING. AMAZING. AMAZING.
I enjoyed the tempo -- the unexpected turns and twists -- the author's ability to take a very delicate topic and write about it in an unexpected way.
The relationship between Verity and the Gestapo....
This is a MUST read. Not all books fall into that category but this book does.
I would listen to it again, because the portrayal by the narrators are fantastic and make me believe that I am there as I listen to them. They also give their characters such personality and feeling, you are completely drawn in. This is one of the few audiobooks that has left me so completely satisfied I don't feel any urge to want to try and read a paperback.
About the two characters, each giving their own side and things adding up together at the end.
'Kiss me Hardy!'
It was the scene toward the end but I shan't want to say more for fear of spoilers.
This was one of my favorite audiobooks of all time!
Although I usually enjoy books set during WWII, this one just left me feeling somewhat bored. It's not a bad listen, just not as gripping as I'd expected given the subject. You can find better novels to listen to.
I have listened to nearly 100 titles from Audible that received high scores and I feel are extraordinary, but I found Code Name Verity to be just ordinary. The characters are likeable, but the story much too long and laborious.
Really enjoyed the book. I learned so much and the story was gripping. Both readers were superb. I would love it if this author wrote more books from this era.
52 year old electrical engineer with a thirst for knowledge but who is nevertheless easily distracted by a great vicarious escape.
I loved it. It was well told and had me wanting to know more at every turn. It's real, a work of fiction yes but nevertheless real. It depicts war from the point of view of those who fought it, many of whom could not have felt celebratory when it was over, moving on with their lives, hoping against hope, to forget.
This book took my breath away - both women were strong characters and I loved how their stories wove together.
The plot and storyline had merit. The book was interesting at first but seemed to really drag on in the middle. With a bit more editing, this one would have been a much better read.
Avid reader. Baker. Musician. Did I say avid reader?
Absolutely. Amazing book, and harrowing, but just super
Their readings were perfect and I loved that they used two readers
Well, SPOILER, Julie is dead, so it would have to be Maddie and Jamie
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!
"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.
"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)
Not for a while as the plot twists are so good that remembering them would spoil the story
The ambush at the bridge and it's outcome.
It made me laugh and cry it is a very cleverly told tale and heart-rending.
I loved this book and will be recommending it to my GCSE English student tutee.
"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.
"Feels like a news report."
When I listened to this, the freshness and immediacy of it made it seem like an urgent news report. The switching between voices had me concentrating hard and brought reality to the book. It was hard to place it in time as it seemed to be happening now, not in the past. The best bit was the feeling of an ambiguous ending, too hard to guess how it might end, so I hated being interrupted and loved listening on my own. The narrators gave it a clean, modern feel and character, despite it nearly being a period piece. Well worth a second listen.
I have no problem recommending this book. I bought it to listen to on my drive to Paris.
The story was gripping, I didn't want to stop on my journey! The reading was superb by both readers.
I can't say that I can compare it to any other book I have read in this genre, most can be pretty boring set in the period, but right from the beginning it had me hooked.
They were both superb, I wasn't sure if I detected an American accent to start with, but
I soon forgot that! No Favouite
Of course, but that would give it away!
Make sure this is your next purchase!
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