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"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.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
If you are one of the few people that have not read or listened to this book, what are you waiting for? This is a classic that should appeal to historical fiction, thriller, war, adventure and just good reading fans. This was my first Follet, but it won't be my last. There are even some good sex scenes.
Eric Lincoln does a great job and surely he was not the only narrator, none of the voices sound like the same guy did them. The production is first class, it sounds like a radio play.
The writing is great, the story is great, the production is great, if you don't enjoy this, the problem is with you.
I bought this on special, thinking "ii'll try it for that price", and i was pleasantly surprised. I mean, i know Ken Follett is a good author, i just didn't expect as much out of an earlier work i guess. Not sure what i thought really, but regardless, this is a good book. Highly recommended.
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.
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.