• by Simon Mawer
  • Narrated by Kate Reading
  • 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This captivating historical thriller brings back Marian Sutro, ex-special operations agent, and traces her romantic and political exploits in post-World War II London, where the Cold War is about to reshape old loyalties.
As Allied forces close in on Berlin in spring 1945, a solitary figure emerges from the wreckage that is Germany. It is Marian Sutro, whose existence was last known to her British controllers in autumn 1943 in Paris. One of a handful of surviving agents of the Special Operations Executive, she has withstood arrest, interrogation, incarceration, and the horrors of Ravensbruck concentration camp, but at what cost? Returned to an England she barely knows and a postwar world she doesn't understand, Marian searches for something on which to ground the rest of her life. Family and friends surround her, but she is haunted by her experiences and by the guilt of knowing that her contribution to the war effort helped lead to the monstrosities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. When the mysterious Major Fawley, the man who hijacked her wartime mission to Paris, emerges from the shadows to draw her into the ambiguities and uncertainties of the Cold War, she sees a way to make amends for the past and at the same time to find the identity that has never been hers.
A novel of divided loyalties and mixed motives, Tightrope is the complex and enigmatic story of a woman whose search for personal identity and fulfillment leads her to shocking choices.


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Interesting flawed heroine. A story with lots of questions wrapped up in the end but not too neatly.
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- diane daniels manning

Interesting. but disjointed

Would you listen to Tightrope again? Why?

No. It's an interesting book about interesting times but a little too long and disjointed into 3 overlapping stories

Would you recommend Tightrope to your friends? Why or why not?

I would only if they are interested (as I am) in the consequences and outwash of WW II.

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Any additional comments?

This book is actually 3 separate stories: the first is about espionage and punishment behind the lines in WW II; the second is about recovery from the horrors of war and the post traumatic stress disorder that a recovery must confront; the third part then shifts to espionage in the Cold War, an entirely different setting. These are all interesting topics and handled persuasively by Wawer but because of the separate trajectories, the book seemed disjointed to me and too long.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-03-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.