By: Elizabeth Wein
Narrated by: Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell
Writing a summary of this book is incredibly difficult. One of the best things about this book is untangling the truth from the lies. So, just know that this is historical fiction set during World War II in Nazi-occupied France. Verity's plane was hit by anti-aircraft gun fire, and crash landed. Verity is captured by the Nazi's and interrogated, and is writing out her confession.
Audio Review: This audio is going on my list of most favorites. Both narrators are superb and bring this story to life in a way that I would not have experienced if I hadn't listened to the audio. Their beautiful accents and diversity of voices were such a treat for the ears. There is even a point where one of the narrators, Morven Christie, sings two German songs. It absolutely took my breath away. Not only is her reading voice beautiful, but her singing voice as well. Even without any accompaniment! This is one I definitely recommend for an audiobook.
Review: You may think that you've read all you care to read about World War II. But, like The Book Thief, Code Name Verity gives a whole new perspective on the human condition during this conflict that changed the world. Choosing not to focus on the holocaust, but on the bonds formed by those who would not have ever met in peace-time conditions, Code Name Verity will move you. Both Verity and Maddie are some of the most beautiful characters that I've ever read. Both of them, through stories about their friendship, exhibit pure compassion and caring. Each experience that is told adds another layer to their perseverance to protect each other even in the most dire of circumstances.
In the author's note at the end of the audio, Wein explains some of the research that went into Code Name Verity to make it as realistic as possible. I was astounded at the level of detail, including some very interesting tidbits about the origins of the ballpoint pen. Though not every element of the story is airtight in regards to the historical accuracy, I think it provides a unique perspective on women's roles in the war effort.
Beware, this book will make you cry. I am usually pretty tough-skinned with books. But, I had several mornings where make-up had to be re-applied when I got into work. But, like I said, it's a book that will move you. And a few tears are always worth it.