Monday, 27 June 2016

Audio Reviews: Code Name Verity, The Jester, Professional Integrity

Oct. 11th, 1943—A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun.

When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.

As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage and failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy? 

My thoughts:
There are things in this review I can not tell, things that happen later, but I really can not say anything, so I will focus on the story being told in the beginning.

We have Maddie, who loves flying and working on engines. She is working on getting her license, and she is a woman in a man's world, but she loves it. But then obviously the war starts and she she will join in the only way she can. Ferrying planes. We also see how she meet her best friend Queenie.

But all of this is told in France, when the Gestapo is trying to get out every piece of information. Having her write it on whatever they can find. And the story is told. The crash, life in England, info on planes and such.

And there is also another story told, but hey, I already said I could not speak of it...

It took me almost a year to listen to it. Not that it was bad, but because I first had the book on my old phone, and then I got a new one and sigh, not compatible since I refuse to upgrade to win10 cos that sucks. SO put it in my old mp3 player...and yes it took some time to listen to it. But I was never bored, I think I had a rocky start but can not remember. I even started crying when out walking once cos it got sad, and I am so glad I did not meet anyone on that walk.

Is this YA? I guess so, bloody sad YA if so. With the torture and well war and so on...

Conclusion:
But it was good, and the narrator did a great job.

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Audiobook, 10 pages
Published June 6th 2012 by Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Code Name Verity #1
Historical fiction / YA
OWN
Morven Christie (Narrator), Lucy Gaskell (Narrator)


WHO WILL HAVE THE LAST LAUGH?
Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A thief, a candlemaker, an ex-mercenary, and a pig farmer walk into a trap…and what happens to them is no joke. When Riyria is hired to retrieve a jester’s treasure, Royce and Hadrian must match wits with a dwarf who proves to be anything but a fool. Difficult choices will need to be made, and in the end those who laugh last do so because they are the only ones to survive.

My thoughts:
A short story with Royce and Hadrian in a tight spot. There is humour, and a good little adventure. I can't say a lot really. They were like stuck in a cave most of the time trying to get out. It was good, and I have missed these guys.

Audible Audio, unabridged Audible download, 33 pages
Published January 17th 2014 by Audible Studios
Riyria #2.5, The Riyria Chronicles
Tim Gerard Reynolds (Narrator)
Fantasy
Own


Several years have passed since the war-weary mercenary Hadrian and cynical ex-assassin Royce joined forces to start their thieves-for-hire organization better known as Riyria. Things have gone well enough for the team as they do "jobs" for various nobles throughout Elan. Usually that means stealing something, but when a young heiress asks them to steal her…well, that's a first for the pair. All is not as it seems, but Royce is determined to get the bottom of what's actually going on. After all, he has his professional integrity at stake.

Originally released in the Blackguards anthology published by Ragnarok Publications, this is a standalone short story of 10,800 words. No prior knowledge of The Riyria Revelations or The Riyria Chronicles is required to enjoy it.

My thoughts:
A great narration.

Hadrian and Royce is an awesome pairing. They do bring out the best and worst in each other ;)

I like Sullivan's dry wit.

And last, a good little story to listen to

Audible Audio, unabridged Aubible download, 1 page
Published June 3rd 2015 by Audible Studios
Riyria #2.6, The Riyria Chronicles
Fantasy
Own


36 comments:

  1. A friend of mine has suggested this audio to me more than once.

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  2. I loved Code Name Verity so much, but I don't think it would work for me on audio.

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    1. I do wonder how it would have been in print

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  3. A year? You made me feel better about listening to a four hour audio six weeks

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  4. I tried an audio book but it's not for me.

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  5. Not a fan of YA, but it does sound different if a bit depressing.

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  6. I really need to get my hands on those MJS audiobooks. Don't know what I'm waiting for, since I see they're free on Audible. I've also always wanted to check out Code Name Verity, good to hear the audiobook is well done, I'll keep that format in mind.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. Yes freeeeee! I did love that so that I could listen to them :D

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  7. I didn't listen to Code Named Verity but did buy it for my sister who is made of tougher stuff than me. I know laughing or crying while out walking or whatever! Have done that too.

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    1. It does make me look insane, lol.

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  8. I started the audio of Code Name Verity, but didn't finish it.

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  9. the narration sounds well done there but wow a year? I forget already things after a week so a year?

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    1. I know, and it is not the first time!

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  10. I'm not sure audiobooks are for me - I am too impatient I suppose?

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  11. Code Name Verity takes forever to get into but the pay-off is so worth it. It's such a wonderful book--glad you got a chance to listen to it!

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    1. It was tough, but I am glad I listened to it, cos it was still there after months ;) So I continued

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  12. Glad both of these were solid listens for you! I've heard great things about Code Name Verity, but I think that one is a bit heavy for me at the moment. I'll have to stock up on chocolate before I can read it:)

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    1. I think that might be best, it's not an easy one. Oh now it breaks me just thinking of it

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  13. Oh, I really want to read Code Name Verity now.

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  14. I have the Verity book. Eventually I will get to it :)

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  15. I ended up DNFing Code Name Verify and I see some many reviews that despite some issues loved it..i really need to try again.

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    1. It did take me a year, and I really can not remember what I thought of the beginning, but I think it was tough getting into

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  16. Code Name Verity is my type of book. I love espionage stories, and I recently liked a few YA ones.

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    1. I think this one is for you then

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  17. I loved Code Name Verity. I think it would be interesting to listen to the audio version.

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