I did not care much for multiple actor narration - it was a bad acting, and it was distracting. The story is good, especially in the beginning - it becomes too predictable by the end. I did not think it was as good as other Ken Follett's book I read.
Yes. The various voices made it really rich. The female narrator was fantastic, particularly compelling as the lovely Lucy.
I was in awe of the bad guy, and almost wanted him to win sometimes; except that I liked the good guys even more. Real and engaging characters. Follett gives such an authentic feel to his period pieces like this.
This is my first time hearing Eric Lincoln.
I laughed, cried, cheered, worried, and even felt the lust of Lucy and "Henry".
Fantastic book. Follett just gets better and better!
I know this is a well known thriller by Follett and it is good, but I had just listened to "Day of the Jackal" read by the always great Simon Prebble. As a result, the quality of this story and the reading paled compared to the previous thriller. If you only have one credit to spend on a good classic thriller, go with "Day of the Jackal" and let this pass.
If you get both, then don't listen to them without a book or two in between.
A nice spy novel. This was pretty well developed for the climatic character meeting. The author made a fairly good separation of good versus evil. There was some analogy the author was trying to get at it with the murderous villain and the helpless heroine, but it wasn't well laid out in the story. I think it was something transparent like the evil Nazi Germany was defeated not by the Boys from Britain or the wounded soldiers, but by the souls at home, who were the only ones who could stop them.
Seemed a little trite, but a good thriller, nonetheless.
PLOT: DER needle the sleeper spy in England has the secret of D Day to get back to Germany.
Henry Faber is a sleeper Nazi Agent~ in plain sight for years he "radios' his secrets back to Germany. He kills his landlady who stumbles across him sending secrets....years later he discovers one of the screts of Overload (D Day) and now works to get the info back to Nazi Germany. This is a great story told by a very good reader. the first few chapters is a big laggy but it picks up and the details of the spy who sneaks across england to scotland avoiding an old enemy who can id him and cleverly sneaks into a high security area. This moves fast after that and has you glued to it~ I give this one 5 STARS for wonderful audiobook. I am now a Ken Follett FAN~
Someone who does not recognise how bad the accents are!
Yes! Well there are lots of them and they can not
The narration made many of the minor characters seem ridiculous.
Let the people at Brilliance Audio know that this one needs re doing with only one narrator that can do all the regional accents convincingly. Also improve the sound quality, as one reviewer said it sounded like it was recorded with a tin can.
I bought this audiobook after listening to "Pillars of the Earth." I throughly enjoyed Pillars, so thought I would try one of Follett's older books. As a resident of Aberdeen, Scotland I was even more delighted to find that much of the action took place here. Maybe I would have enjoyed the book more were I not a resident of Aberdeen. There are over 790 islands in Scotland, and Follett felt the need to make up a new one. Perhaps one of the best parts of fiction literature is being able to empathize with the setting and characters. Making a fake island made the whole story seem artificial. I decided to hang in there, and was let down my a number of other problems. Just to name a few: there were several references in action happening at dark, or for that matter Blogs arriving in Aberdeen two hours before dawn. The action seems to be taking place in mid to late may, which would put sunrise around 4:15AM. Who would refer to 2 in the morning as two hours before dawn? Other little things such as the women in bathing suits in Aberdeen. I would wager less than 1 in 100 residents have went swimming in the North Sea in Aberdeen as it is just too cold. On the same note I doubt a German who had been living in England would find Scotland stiflingly hot as once noted.
Other problems: the voices were horrible and overdone. The German accents sounded like something Michael Scott from the Office would do as a Nazi impersonation. The English and Scottish voices were just as bad on the whole. It sort of reminded me of something from 1940's radio. I agree with other commentators that the reader was a bit too fast. Also, I thought the characters were underdeveloped. Faber should have had something at the end of the book more definite as to why (Spoiler!) he would not kill the lady. There was never any resolution on his part. Other commentators seem to have thought the book moved quickly, but I (perhaps for the reasons mentioned above) too longer than usual to finish it. I was ready to move on.
Great story mostly well narrated, but a lot of the characters are voiced by separate people or one using many silly voices. Some of the voices sound like spike Milligan trying out new characters for the goon show.
Once again, I have been duped into buying the audio rendition of a famous book. It's entirely my own fault for not listening at length before purchasing the audiobook. The regional accents of the British Isle are a puzzle to most Americans, but one would hope that the narrator would have some idea of how they should be portrayed. It was difficult to listen to the strangled reproductions of British voices as evidenced in this audio reproduction. I found myself almost laughing out loud at the attempts to portray Cockney, Yorkshire, or Scottish voices. In such a book set squarely in Britain and during such a riveting time as the second world war, surely a true "Brit" could have been given the task of narration.