• Tightrope

  • By: Simon Mawer
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 06-04-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (1 rating)

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Publisher's Summary

Returned to an England she barely knows and a postwar world she doesn't understand, Marian searches for something on which to ground her life. Family and friends surround her, and a RAF officer attempts to bring her the normality of love and affection, but she is haunted by the guilt of knowing that her contribution to the war helped to develop the atom bomb. Where, in the complexities of peacetime, does her loyalty lie?
©2015 Simon Mawer (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By NIGEL on 07-22-15

Excellent sequel to The Girl Who Fell From The Sky

What made the experience of listening to Tightrope the most enjoyable?

Being able to pick up Marian Sutro's story from where the previous book finished. I Like Simon Mawer's writing style his characters are believable and it is interesting as the plot moves from the end of WW2 to the early part of the Cold War

What did you like best about this story?

Marian Sutro,she is a survivor, hardened by her SOE training & working undercover in France, her experience of prison,the Gestapo & the concentration camps.She remains true to herself, clinging to the wreckage of what's left of her personality, trying to do what she thinks is right and using what she has been taught to achieve this. I suspect many of the SOE agents returned psychologically scarred by their experiences, not all were feted, Simon Mawer has done a good job of showing what it was like for just one of them.

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

Marian leaving the cottage in the middle of the night, with the intent of killing herself, to put an end to the suffering caused by her experiences.

Any additional comments?

Listen to The Girl Who Fell From The Sky before listening to Tightrope. They are both excellent books.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Alia on 04-28-16

On the fence about a sequel that didn't need writing?

I know what other reviewers meant about the narration. Truly grating...the inflexions at the end of sentences was pretty irritating. Not one I could listen to for long periods. His voice changed the compelling heroine of Girl who Fell from the Sky into a simpering floosie...

Overall, it was one way to wrap up the life of Marian but a bit disappointing, for her as much as me! I almost wish I hadn't picked it up.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ms. F. Miller on 09-28-15


Excellent story about post war life and it's difficulties for normality when spies return from undercover activities. More engrossing as main character is female.

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