I really enjoyed this fast-paced war thriller. The characters were great and the audio recording was one of the best I've heard. Eric Lincoln does a terrific job. He adds to the excitement of the novel by pacing his narration to the action in the novel.
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
Books often reflect the style of the period in the way dialogue is constructed and this has that elegant post war, black & white movie quality which is charming. I bought it to remind me of the films made about the book and it was all there. You could almost hear the background music in the tones of Eric Lincoln. A Classic of its period, of course and probably not to the taste of many listeners under the age of 45 unless you are an old movie buff, because people just don’t talk like that any more. But they did then, I remember!
I generally do not like a tag-team of narrators, so this did take a bit of adjustment. But beyond that, there are times where Lincoln seems to be just trying to get words out as fast as he can - as if that will heighten suspense. He reads in a monotone, which makes him sound bored with the story, even in the parts where he is speed-talking. The story is vintage Follett, so it is a pity that Brilliance did not use either a better or better-directed reader.
An excellant Follett novel that I had a difficult time when I had to stop listening. The narrator, Eric Lincoln was very good and the supporting cast kept it interesting and more dramatic. Eye of the Needle is another Follett masterpiece that Follett fans will enjoy.
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Another excellent Follett WWII novel, good reading of a German spy desperately trying to make his way safely out of England to report on the deception of where the D-Day invasion will take place. The final battle on the island was a bit unrealistic but made for pretty good fiction. I could hardly stop listening to this, as with all Follett's WWII novels. Thought the narrator did a good job.
I've read a couple Follett novels I liked and a couple that were just so-so. This one starts off like the first category and then devolves into the latter. There are two big problems. First, this is basically a time-worn plot line, where the spy is trying to reach his get-away point and the good guys race to try and catch him. Nothing new here. Second, it really gets old listening to the author trying to write love and sex. There are some authors that can weave engaging stories of affection and eroticism. Then there's the rest where it's just boring and you endure the gratuitous sex scenes in order to see how the plot moves forward. Follett just falls down on this. What can I say ... it passed the time.
I enjoyed this book with the different narrators, however I didn't think it came close to The Dangerous Fortune.
This is my first Ken Follett novel and it did not disappoint. The narration was amazing! I am 'performance-oriented' and so I appreciated the vocal variety. Eric Lincoln conveyed the suspense and action extremely well - loved his British accent which was so well suited to the story. I look forward to reading other Follett novels especially since other readers say that his other novels are even better. I would highly recommend this audio-read.