Variety...the spice of life! I read a variety of genres. From historical fiction, to murder mystery, to vampires and on to teen fiction.
I really enjoyed this story, though it was written some time ago. It is a little hard at first to keep the characters straight and to figure out how all of their lives will be intertwined, but when you do the storyline really picks up. The writer describes the characters well and gets me to identify with them. I even sympathize with the bad guy for awhile........until the end when all hell breaks lose. I enjoy the fact that the real hero of the story will not be the strong male presences of the story, but the likeable female presence of the story. I would recommend this book to anyone. It kept me interested and entertained throughout.
Like many I bought this book when it went on the Daily Deal, so I wasn't really expecting too much. I was pleasantly surprised. The story does start out a bit slowly, but there are quite a few characters whose stories all wind together, so Follett takes time to develop all of them. I think that's the thing that made me really enjoy the story. All the characters are well thought through and interesting. Even the spy is a very complete character, even though he's evil (and not just in a he's-a-Nazi-therefore-he-must-be-evil way, but in a cold-blooded killer way) he's quite interesting. It's neat to see his perspective on things.
I see the reviewers have debated the performance... Personally, I don't really care for the multiple voices, but it wasn't the end of the world. I don't like the effects (like radio static or telephone voices) either, and this book had those too. I suppose it all depends on how worked up you want to get over narration. Overall, I felt like the story withstood the iffy narration.
I'm a bear that likes honey, climbing trees, stealing picnic baskets and listening to audiobooks.
The story had great stakes, great characters, and it moved along at a brisk pace. It kept me riveted the whole time I was listening.
The needle is a great character.
I love the ensemble cast approach that this book has. It was a different listening experience that was jarring at first (seeing as I am so used to one narrator), but ultimately worked perfectly for the story. I think more books should be read like this.
"The Needle has Landed"
If you love historical fiction and love to get absorbed in a tale, this is a great way to go.
Say something about yourself!
I read this when it was first released and liked it. I've enjoyed nearly everything written by Ken Follett - he's a great story teller. Not too crazy, however, by the multiple readers, especially the female voice.
Found the production of this audiobook unbearable and am surprised Audible is selling this.I've been a subscriber for years and this is the worst production problem I have encountered. The speed seems to be off. It plays too fast at full speed, filled with a strange, hollow echo at lower speeds. I hate to waste a credit, but I could not concentrate on the story at all. The production completely gets in the way.
Audible needs to fix this production.
I had read eye of the needle many years ago, and it was refreshing to experience it again.
The book does a great job of maintaining suspense and painting a picture of the historical context in which the story occurred.
I felt like I was in junior high and the teacher had assigned each speaking part to a different child. The performance was more like a play being read by many students In an uncoordinated manner, than a story being read by a professional narrator. I have listened to over 50 books on audible, and this performance rates at the very bottom.
Follett has a true gift for weaving together compelling stories. Eye of the Needle is shorter than his other works but equally as adroit at developing characters and building plot. If you didn't want to tackle a monolith like Pillars of the Earth, this might be a more palatable introduction to Follett. He does such a great job of taking you into the mind and emotions of each character, such that you identify with and empathize with the villains as much as the protagonists (mark of a great storyteller!). My only criticism with this performance was the narrator's pace. For the first half of the novel, it seemed as though he were speed-reading (almost as if nervous). I wanted him to slow down so that I could savor the writing a little more. Fortunately, his pace slowed as the book progressed. An excellent listen -- definitely a good use of a credit!
Have not read the print version.
I loved this book. Whilst I knew the story, it was still dramatic and wonderfully presented. I was totally engrossed in the story, so much so that I could not wait to commence my drive to work each day. Ken Follett is a brilliant author.
Breckenridge CO. USA
Yes, we'll developed story.
Presented as more of a dramatic reading than a narration.
He discovers his weakness, she explores hers.
Well written and well presented.
I was worried this might be confusing, complicated, and convoluted. Spy novels often are.
But this one was easy to follow, and very entertaining. Nothin too heavy, and not one of Follett's greatest works. It was still a good, solid read.