Only one person stands in his way: a lonely Englishwoman on an isolated island, who is coming to love the killer who has mysteriously entered her life.
This is Ken Follett's unsurpassed and unforgettable masterwork of suspense, intrigue, and dangerous machinations of the human heart.
©1978 Ken Follett; (P)1985 Brilliance Audio
"Sheer suspense." (Washington Post)
"Fans of old-time radio drama will particularly enjoy this full-cast version. Narrator Eric Lincoln proceeds smoothly, until the action starts cooking, and his urgency turns up the heat. The small ensemble creates a wide range of lead and supporting characters." (AudioFile)
Great portrayal of the characters and the storyline.
The three-dimensional characters. Superb!
I think this was my first narration by him. Great job.
I actually rooted -- against historical fact -- for "the needle" to to be successful.
There were such intense moments that I had to pause the book and let some time pass before I was able to listen on.
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.
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.
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