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
They did great accents! It was very enjoyable to listen to!
This was a great book! I loved that it was told in the past tense while each character wrote about it in their various circumstances. (Like journal entries.) I would read it again!
I listened to the first half of this book and then switched to paperback (at the same time the POV switches).
First off - sometimes there is a narrator that is so flipping amazing you want to read everything they have ever narrated. I love love love loved the narrator who did the first half of the book. Fabulous voice, fabulous all-the-things-that-narrators-need-to-be-good-at. Fabulous. The second narrator was fine, but my library finally had the paperback and I'm a faster reader than listener.
I normally speed my audiobooks up, but I didn't want to with this one because of how awesome that narrator was.
I'm Australian, and there were several things in this book that I recognised that Americans might not, and I know how confusing that can be.
A lot of people said the book was slow starting and picked up in the 2nd half, but I found it the other way around. Some little parts bored me, but overall, this book. Beautiful. Heartbreaking. Made me want to hug my best friend.
Queenie. I don't need to explain why!
it's like being in love, discovering your best friend <3
Great book. The story captured me from beginning to end. The characters come alive with the rich and beautiful narrators' performances. I didn't want it to end. Pleasant surprise are the author's notes at the end of the book.
The performance was outstanding. Interesting way to tell an action packed story of two young women helping the war effort in 1940's. Enjoyed it very much.
The narration of the story is beautifully done, and because of that, I pushed myself to keep going because I found myself being frustrated that the storyline was so convoluted and difficult to follow. My hope was that it would all come together at the end, and it did, for sure, but I think I would have given up after the first few chapters if I weren't listening to it.
It was captivating from start to finish! I also enjoyed the author's note at the end. The readers did a great job portraying the characters in a believable way.
I really loved this book - I've been reading a bunch of novels and non fiction about ww2 and this one was on my list. I really enjoyed it - a great story with fun characters and a great way to telling the story of German held France. I of course cried while running a couple times which was a bit embarrassing but I got through it.
The narration was so great - think reading would have lost some of its magic.
The characters were wonderful and the twists were a genuine suprise!!
I believed them completely - they were the characters.
"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)
"THIS. IS. BRILLIANT."
YES. And I have, many times. It''s just one of those books that you feel like you have to read/listen to over and over again until you understand it to the extent.
I can't choose! I have so many favourites, but it possibly might be the "Kiss me Hardy! Kiss me, quick!" scene. It's certainly the most memorable. I think any of the moments with the good quotes are my favourite anyway ("Fly the plane, Maddie", "We make a sensational team" and "It's like falling in love, discovering your best friend" are just a few).
Morven Christie's reading as 'Queenie' was exceptional, I think. It was just like the characters my head, except maybe a bit older. There were moments where you really wouldn't remember that she was being tortured in a Gestapo headquarters, but then she would drop back into the present tense and it was like being hit in the face. Lucy Gaskell's performance was also brilliant. At points, I prefered Christie's Maddie to Gaskell's, but her voice acting did make me sob my heart out at said favourite scene above. As pretending to be twenty-something year olds, I think they did amazingly.
I'm not sure. There are so many incredible one-liners in this book, but perhaps it would be something else.
I LOVE this book. It has ALL the emotions, ALL the feels, it made me laugh, cry and has now shot straight up to 'Favourite Book' spot. Elizabeth Wein, you are INCREDIBLE.
"Fascinating and well read/written"
An engaging story written from 2 friends perspectives.. Full of life and intrigue and thoroughly entertaining
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