The reading of this was so terrible that I gave up. What a huge waste of money. The reader was so focussed on accents that he completely distracted me from the book as I was trying to figure out what he was saying. Truly awful. Wish I could get my money back for this one.
First let me say how much I love this book! I first read it perhaps 20+ years ago and was totally enthralled. It is a classic example of the genre and deserves a 5-star review! However, this recording is almost painful to listen to! The American(?) narrator mangles English and German accents (making Dick van Dyke's "Mary Poppins" chimneysweep sound like Sir Laurence Olivier), there are horrible, anachronistic edits to the original text (do American listeners really have to hear "diaper" in place of "nappy"?), and the changes in voice between characters are clumsy and instrusive. I don't know if a better audio version exists, but I may have to try to track one down. Very dissappointing!
this audiobook is a multicast performance , and a technically bad one at that,
I stopped listening after the first hour or so. while the main narrator is good enough , all character voices are done by different actors and spliced in in a very jarring manner.
I found my self dreading the next time a character talks rather then listen to the story.
the fact that this is a multicast performance is not mentioned in the book description and is a very disheartening surprise.
A real pageturner!
I like the storytelling style of the book and it compares favourably with The Pillars of the Earth. It's well told, and the narration is excellent.
The episode on Storm Island after the German spy landed was definitely my favourite. It was full of suspense.
World War II Action Adventure.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The beginning was captivating and it worked up to a wonderful crescendo with a delightful epilogue.
i had never read a Ken Follett book but this was on sale for $5 so i got it. it was a fun listen and the voice actor was great. but at least I now know this type of genre is not for me! this is what i understand to be a paperback novel? if you know what i mean
I have 3 times now. I enjoy the story. I liked the way the story built in intensity for the female heroine.
The courage of Lucy at the end and how her life changed going forward.
I like to 'hear' the characters say their own words, not just read them.
When you get toward the end you don't want to stop. Thank goodness for portable players.
The only voice I didn't really like was the little boy's. Felt that one could have been done better, but this is somewhat of a minor point.
After listening to Pillars and World a couple of years ago and absolutely enjoying them, I finally tried another Follett book. It really isn't much better than a cheap novel. You could stay with the listen and it was entertaining but not memorable. The book starts very awkwardly. The audio is 1985 and the different characters playing the first person roles as if you were watching a play didn't work for me. The brogue's were entertaining.
- skip the preface-
"Eye of the Needle" is a study of one German Spy, who is deeply embedded in enemy territory. The secrets he has access to are important enough that both sides are willing to do almost anything to protect them. And while these events take place, the world moves on around them, occassionaly drawing-in people who happen to get in the way.
The author immerses us in a world of Bakelite, checkered skirts, and the impending war machine. However, for all of the descriptive backdrop, and rich details, he creates believable characters, exciting action sequences, and intriguing plot twists.
In short, it is everything you could want in an espionage novel.