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
This book is so much fun! That's probably quite morbid-sounding considering the storyline, however the excellent and lively narrations coupled with the endearing and genuine friendship of the two female protagonists made it a very pleasurable read.
The plot is original and interesting, and it's clear Elizabeth Wein did her homework on the subject matter. I did not predict the ending at all - not even close. In fact, it was so masterfully woven together that I never even attempted to figure it out, instead just sitting back to enjoy the ride.
Morven Christie's narration for the first half of the book was significantly better than Lucy Gaskell's for the second half. I was sad when the switch occurred. Gaskell was not bad at all, but her voice lacks the coyness and versatility of Christie's. Nevertheless, they both did excellent jobs, and the narration fit the story and the writing perfectly.
I highly recommend this audiobook. I can't imagine this book without the narration of these two women along with it.
I don't really know where to start; I can't say enough good things about this book. It's classified as young adult, but it is far more complex than much of YA literature, and holds its own as adult lit. The story itself is riveting, and the performances could not be better. The two protagonists are voiced perfectly. If the story itself weren't so compelling (which it is), you could just get lost in the characterizations. It's that beautiful. Neither narrator hits a wrong note. The writing is lovely, the story is intense and heartbreaking, and the two women are so *present* and believable. Just go listen to it!
Although slow in beginning, excellent story. Loved the characters and different take on WWII. Hard to put down.
Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.
It is elusive, yet it is accurate. The title fits perfectly.
I love the delicate weaving of the stories told by both women, and that the book was not a "I have already read some similar story". You need to pay attention and you keep wondering what will happen next. This book is a real "page turner". I will read it again! So worth the credit.
One of best narration I have heard in a long time. Especially Ms Morven Christie. Both ladies did a wonderful job!
I can't tell, I would give it away, but YES they are two or three moments. Love the aspect of the friendship
Get this book, you will not regret it! Well written, interesting, refreshing, heartfelt and just oh so good!
I would consider the audio edition of this book better than the print since I can hear the voices of the characters speaking, coming to life in my mind.
There are two characters telling their part of the story, what they were doing, when the mission fails. The two are so intertwined, I cannot determine my favorite.
I have not listened to any of Morven Christie's or Lucy Gaskell's other performances, but I will be on the lookout in the future!
This book made me 'think': about World War II, about the 'little people' -- the people who could be my neighbors -- during wartime. And also, about the part that those who, in times of war, question their suspects/prisoners. I felt I was looking into a window into the women's lives, it was so realistic.
A great listen!!
Yes! Although it was a heavy subject matter (POW in WWII) the author's style pulls you in to the point where you deeply feel for Verity & Maddie. Two amazing woman who even in the darkest times find goodness in humanity, humor, and reasons to do on. The readers were 2 of the best readers I have heard and brought the story to the next level.
The way Julie tells the story of how she arrived in France
The nuance of ther tone, you could hear the tears, the laughter, the exhaustion, the stress, every emotion in the voice. Their pace was perfect. I cant imagine the story in any other voice
Straight on till Morning
Yes. It is well written and narrated. The story is engrossing and keeps you guessing about the outcome.
The Light in the Ruins are both about WWII and with somewhat surprising endings.
The various voices and pronunciations of language really added to the story.
Don't rename it!
Although this is a YA book, and I'm well past young, I throughly enjoyed the story.
Not a book, but the movie Indiana Jones
She told them everything, but really nothing
The narration and the story. I was intrigued, and wanted to sit in my car and listen to the whole book!
I don't want to give anything away, there are multiple plot twists that you would never expect!
They really made you feel like you were sitting next to the characters in the story, experiencing what they experienced.
This is a great title!
I rather stumbled onto this book, having no idea that it was a YA title. It was a happy accident. The story itself is a good one, with intricate plot twists, suspense and interesting characters. Most noteworthy of all were the performances. They were nothing short of brilliant in bringing the characters to life. I will give any book read by either woman very serious consideration.
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.
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.
"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.
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