• The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

  • By: Simon Mawer
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 05-01-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
  • 4.0 (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The wonderful new novel from the Man Booker Prize shortlisted author of The Glass Room is both a gripping adventure story and a moving meditation on patriotism, betrayal and the limits of love.
Marian Sutro is an outsider: the daughter of a diplomat, half French, half British, naive yet too clever for her own good. But when she is recruited from her desk job by SOE to go undercover in wartime France, it seems her hybrid status - and fluent French - will be of service to a greater, more dangerous cause. Trained in sabotage, dead-drops, how to perform under interrogation, and how to kill, Marian parachutes into southwest France with an urgent mission....
©2012 Simon Mawer (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"The Girl Who Fell from the Sky comes from a long and glorious tradition of spy novels that you just can't put down. It's taut fiction at it's best." (Stylist)
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By Jennifer on 09-24-14

The "hook" is missing

Any additional comments?

The book got many great reviews and I was looking forward to a story about covert operations in World War II. There were some interesting sections on the training of operatives, but it felt more like a romance in a wartime setting - with neither angle being developed in much depth. The story is a bit thin and predictable. I listened to the end because the narrator was really good .

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By R J Bennett on 02-19-13

good read

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

good story, but finished very abruptly, just as I was begining to enjoy it

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

the training of these spy agent prior to work,
least interesting was the finish

What three words best describe Anna Bentinck’s performance?

enjoyed the reading

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By Jill on 05-10-12

A great thriller, but also beautifully written

Marian Sutro is bilingual and is recruited by the Special Ops unit in the Second World War to be trained to be a French agent. The novel follows her through this period and into France as she pursues her 'special mission'. I couldn't stop listening to this book - it has a great plot, which keeps you wondering what happens next and really getting involved in Marian's fate. Further though, this is not just a good thriller, the writing is at times absolutely beautiful, and some descriptions will stay with me for a long time.

The narration is also beautifully done, with each character having their own distinctive voice. I thoroughly recommend.

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By Kirstine on 07-05-12

An exciting story

I enjoyed this audio book and was engrossed by the heroine's exploits in occupied France as she evaded the Nazis, fell in love and helped the French resistance. The narrator brought characters to life and I was sorry when the book ended. I felt a sequel is needed to tell us what happened next to the players in this exciting story.

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By Qwerty1 on 06-03-14

Action packed great read

What did you like best about this story?

The ending was good, and I think it was very appropriate, and didn't require explanation, or continuance

Have you listened to any of Anna Bentinck’s other performances? How does this one compare?

First time with this narrator, and I think along with Jim Broadbent, occupies the No 1 spot. Accents were accurate, and managed a variety of voices to sound quite different from each other. In a word Flawless.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really. It isn't an emotive or sentimental book.

Any additional comments?

Some parts of the story were a tad slow, but in general it was a wonderful listen, lots of action, and a good length. Highly recommended.

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