Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Format: Unabridged Audiobook from audible.com
Length: 10 hours and 7 minutes
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Genre: Historical Fiction
Audible: “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.”
Goodreads: “I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.
That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine – and I will do anything, anything to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.
He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France – an Allied Invasion of Two.
We are a sensational team.”
I cannot say enough good things about how much I loved this book; though I will say my fervor for this beautiful, haunting novel is firmly rooted in having listened to it via audio book. I have become a huge fan recently of reading by way of audio book through my various commutes. When I saw this book roll across my Audible feed as a daily deal, I decided to give it a try on a whim. Best. Decision. Ever.
Just reading the Goodreads description gives me chills all over again! I can hear Verity’s voice speaking to me in her beautiful Scottish brogue. The voice work done by both Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell as each heroine is superb. It even prompted me to buy Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (also narrated by Morven Christie) with my next Audible credit!
On to the actual story…not only is this the fictional tale of two kick-ass women assisting their male counterparts in WWII as a pilot and an intelligence officer, but their friendship gives me some serious relationship goals.
And the reveals in the second half of the book, oh man! I’m not going to spoil it but this book never failed to keep me on the edge of my seat!