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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (525 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dorothy Gilman Narrator: Ruth Ann Phimister Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 1979 ISBN: 9781470324919
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“They’re going to kill me soon,” begins the note Amelia discovers in an antique hurdy-gurdy. From that moment on, the shy young woman finds herself doing all kinds of things she never thought possible. Between newfound intimacies and a risky journey into the past, Amelia comes to see herself in a whole new light.

The scrawled note drives Amelia to find out what happened to the person who wrote it, identified only as “Hannah.” Who was Hannah? Was she really murdered? Amelia’s investigation leads her to dizzying new heights of romance and danger. Like a tightrope walker, she must not look down—especially when she finds herself in situations uncannily similar to those Hannah faced just before her murder.

Like the Mrs. Pollifax mysteries for which Dorothy Gilman is famous, The Tightrope Walker features a spirited and unpretentious heroine and an intriguing mystery, enhanced by colorful settings and characters. Ruth Ann Phimister’s skillful narration adds a personal dimension, making you care about Amelia and the fascinating and dangerous people she meets.

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  • “Amelia’s a disarming narrator, and everything moves along with free-form jauntiness.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 1/28/2014

    " Great adventure. I liked the idea of owing an antique shop and the mystery of the Hurdy Gurdy was great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debi | 1/27/2014

    " Good, light read. Kept my interest but not as good as the Mrs. Pollifax series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/26/2014

    " I did really enjoy this novel. Good, solid characters. Good story. But I just couldn't give it 5 starts because I looked at some of the other books I gave 5 stars to and couldn't say that this one was as good as those. Plus, I know what Dorothy Gilman is capable of. Her Mrs. Polifax character is absolutley superb! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/10/2014

    " Amelia finds a note in a hurdy-gurdy and traces the owner to her mysterious death. I love this book, and I love the book within the book. I'm enchanted by Amelia and I adore Joe. It's a rare book that's alternately charming and heart-wrenching and chilling. I read it first a very long time ago, and all my rereads are wrapped in the reader I used to be, and I can't imagine not loving it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Anderson | 1/1/2014

    " I really enjoyed this novel. When juxtaposed against Uncertain Voyage, this heroine- although it is still in some ways a bildungsroman- is much less obnoxious than Melissa is. She is not really obnoxious at all. So, woot! The guy is quite amusing too. I must say... good book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 12/16/2013

    " This book was better than my inability to stay awake while reading it. Predictable but a cute read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lewestover | 12/7/2013

    " Good mystery, with a little love story, too. I'm liking Dorothy Gilman a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmussel | 11/23/2013

    " I always enjoy Dorothy Gilman's books - like the ways her characters grow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice Mcmullen | 11/12/2013

    " Dorothy Gilman is a treasure. All of her Mrs. Polifax novels were a joy to read. This is the first I have read of her non-Polifax novels and plan to read all of them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joyce | 10/20/2013

    " Fun mystery...but not as good as Mrs. Pollifax! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Bell | 7/8/2013

    " Dorothy Gilman is one of my favorite authors. Her main books are the Mrs. Pollifax series, which are all excellent, but I really liked The Tightrope Walker. It is a mystery, adventure, and romance all tied in together, which is typical of her books. She throws some humor in too - an added bonus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 6/14/2013

    " I read this as a teenager and fell in love with the book. I have not read it in years so I'm not sure what my impression of the book would be as an adult. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janis | 4/26/2013

    " I love the Mrs. Pollifax books - what fun. But her non-Pollifax books are real jems. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 3/26/2013

    " Love Gilman. Love her. Not Mrs. Pollifax, but a great story of a young woman coming into her strength. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeeperz96 | 2/26/2013

    " I like all of Ms Gilman's books that I have read. This one is another annual reread. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robin | 12/5/2012

    " Incredible shallow characters, very weak storyline. I'm surprised that this is written by Dorothy Gilman, because I really liked her Mrs. Pollifax series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara Carpenter | 11/8/2012

    " Perfectly old-fashioned and charming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 10/26/2012

    " Overall, and enjoyable read. I liked the main character, and I liked the central mystery. It's a little dated but then, it was written in 1979. It was actually fun contrasting how you'd investigate a mystery like this today. The internet really has changed everything! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emchait | 10/17/2012

    " Intriguing quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Williams | 9/5/2012

    " I picked this up thinking it was a Pollifax novel. After I got over my initial disappointment I rather enjoyed it. The plot deals with uncovering a family secret involving the murder of a writer. The mystery is easily solved before the end but it was still an entertaining diversion. "

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About the Author
Author Dorothy Gilman

Dorothy Gilman (1923–2012) is the author of the Mrs. Pollifax series, which began with The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax. In 2010 Gilman was awarded the annual Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America

About the Narrator

Ruth Ann Phimister has appeared off Broadway and in numerous regional productions, including Life with Father with Robert Reed. She has also worked in television, film, and commercial voice-over.