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Trapeze

Narrated by: Kate Reading
Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4 out of 5 stars (180 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A propulsive novel of World War II espionage by the author of The Glass Room

Barely out of school and doing her bit for the British war effort, Marian Sutro has one quality that makes her stand out—she is a native French speaker. It is this that attracts the attention of the SOE, the Special Operations Executive, which trains agents to operate in occupied Europe. Drawn into this strange, secret world at the age of nineteen, she finds herself undergoing commando training, attending a “school for spies,” and ultimately, one autumn night, parachuting into France from an Royal Air Force bomber to join the Wordsmith resistance network.

But there’s more to Marian’s mission than meets the eye of her SOE controllers; her mission has been hijacked by another secret organization that wants her to go to Paris and persuade a friend—a research physicist—to join the Allied war effort. The outcome could affect the whole course of the war.

A fascinating blend of fact and fiction, Trapeze is both an old-fashioned adventure story and a modern exploration of a young woman’s growth into adulthood. There is violence, and there is love. There is death and betrayal, deception and revelation. But above all there is Marian Sutro, an ordinary young woman who, like her real-life counterparts in the SOE, did the most extraordinary things at a time when the ordinary was not enough.

©2012 Simon Mawer (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“A war-torn adventure story that’s eerily erotic and tremendously exciting…[A] gorgeous novel.” ( Washington Post on  The Glass Room)

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Great personal look at history

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I enjoyed getting a glimpse into the secret lives of women undercover in France, and especially enjoyed the moral questions faced by these very young women who didn't have much life experience upon which to base their choices.

Well written and excellently read.

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Somewhat tedious

I loved The Glass Room, and was excited about this book, but I can't bring myself to finish it. I've tried to hang on to get to what other readers say is the exciting last part of the book, but I'm not going to get there (I'm two-thirds through it). The writing is clumsy, repetitive, and too literal. What should be implied is stated obviously, then restated a few times. It seems more like a romance novel than Simon Mawer. I had some difficulty with the narration: I loved Kate Reading in Pride and Prejudice, but here she seems to fall into the style of the book and over-play, over-emphasize the text. The male characters all sound monotonous and dull, due to the lowering of her vocal tone. I would rather have a higher voice with expression!

I'm disappointed! I really expected to love this book.

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Too much romance

Author tries to balance romantic story with historical narrative but there was too much romance for my literary tastes. Perhaps because the main character is a young female. Historical narrative flows well and the ending is a stunner.

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tight gripping and believable WW2 espionage

What did you love best about Trapeze?

Gripping story with believable characters

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This was a great listen. It caught my interest immediately. The characters were interesting and the time period ans situation of occupied France was great. I couldn't wait to get to the ironing so I could get back to my listen!

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Good story...distracting narration

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The story was interesting, but the over-the-top accents made me not want to listen. I might try to read it in print instead because my friends love this book, and I feel like I am missing out.

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Very good book; excellent narrator

An interesting story, well read. It lags a little bit in the middle but the last third is completely gripping.

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Fascinating Read

I felt I was right there with this woman. The plot was laid out so that I was not sure what would happen next. I learned a lot about the resistance and what that life might have been like for an average member. I was sorry when it ended.

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Trapeze is a pleasant mix of history and fiction.

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I enjoyed the fact that the romance did not overshadow the rest of the story.

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Parents beware--not for students

I am on chapter 26 of 63 chapters and have decided to abandon the book. The writing is excellent, the narration impeccable, the story compelling and the topic isvery interesting (the SOE during late WWII that trained female agents for highly specialized and dangerous special ops in France). The author includes a lot of well-researched historical detail. However, there have been two sexually explicit parts (one a paragraph and one a whole chapter) so far that have completely turned me off. Not only do they seem gratuitous and completely unnecessary to the plot, but I also feel they cheapen and insult the otherwise compelling 19 year-old heroine. (Ready to face death and torture and take on a new identity and parachute into a remote area, she says, "I don't want to go to France a virgin" and solicits loveless sex from a colleague--the detailed description of which fills a chapter. In what way would she be a less competent or valuable agent if she were to go with her virtue intact??)
I'm listening on Audible so could jump through these sections, catching snippets with every 30 second jump, because these are not the words and images I want in my head. I would not recommend it for high school or even college students--or readers like myself who prefer a book without an R rating
For me, it takes away from the value of the book as a historical novel and makes me think, "If that's what it takes (explicit sexual descriptions) to sell a book about an fascinating group of truly heroic women during a crucial period of history, we live in pathetic times indeed."

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great narration

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

The Narrater was so good. Enjoyed the story.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot was involved and interesting.

What about Kate Reading???s performance did you like?

Kate Reading has a wonderful nack for accents.

Who was the most memorable character of Trapeze and why?

Which name do we give to Alice?

Any additional comments?

I will look for more books by this auther and nannater.