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Eye of the Needle | [Ken Follett]

Eye of the Needle

One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin - code name: "The Needle" - who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory.
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Publisher's Summary

One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin - code name: "The Needle" - who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Doreen 05-21-09
    Doreen 05-21-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Just okay"

    Disappointing after reading Follett's Pillars of the Earth and World Without End.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    alex20850 03-16-14
    alex20850 03-16-14
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    "Horrible Disappointment"
    What disappointed you about Eye of the Needle?

    Since it only listed one narrator I thought that it was a reading of the book.
    I have heard the book read by one person and it is a completely different experience than the different voices. As soon as I heard the second voice I knew this was not the version for me. The narrated notice should say Multiple, not just Eric Lincoln.


    What could Ken Follett have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The writing is excellent. It is the presentation that is terrble.


    What didn’t you like about Eric Lincoln’s performance?

    Not his performance, the other voices completely bastardized the book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    UTTER Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Please remove book from my library, return my credit. AND PLEASE get the version with one narrator.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Danny D. 08-24-09
    Danny D. 08-24-09 Listener Since 2007

    Danny

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    "Dreadful narration"

    I wish that certain audiobook producers understood that people listen to audiobooks so that they can read at times they might not otherwise be able to. Read. I am not interested in having a book turned into some sort wierd play with multiple readers, wierd effects, interpretations that may or may not reflect the author's intended tone etc. There was an old Books on Tape version of this book where Richard Greene narrated it with barely an inflection and it was one of the best reads/listens of all time. This "narration" ruins the book.

    7 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Ron United States 03-25-13
    Ron United States 03-25-13
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    "Performance Lacking"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Good Ludlum story. I read this many years ago and found the story line just as intriguing this time.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The voices, other than Lincoln's, seemed contrived, corny and often hard to understand. The book would have been better served if Lincoln's regular voice had been used throughout.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 03-13-13
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2012

    I just achieved App Scholar!! 1000 hours in 1 yr 7 mo and 10 days!!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible

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    "Another great Ken Follett book!!!"

    This is one of Ken Follett early books and it is just as good as all the rest.The book has suspense,love and war!!! I think the great thing Ken does is add all the true History and true events in his books,Ken is a lot like John Jakes in that aspect.He even has Hitler in this book and Hitler depends a lot on his number one spy..I've read a lot of Kens books and this is a great read for in between book.. It's short and sweet with a good ending!!! The spy code name "The Needle" has met his match and she is the only one to slip through the cracks..

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fredrick L. 12-14-11
    Fredrick L. 12-14-11
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    "Very good performance; not much of a story"
    Would you try another book from Ken Follett and/or Eric Lincoln?

    Yes, have enjoyed others.


    What was most disappointing about Ken Follett’s story?

    The


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. Definitely not.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Tripp San Francisco, CA 06-18-10
    Alan Tripp San Francisco, CA 06-18-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Predictable and silly"

    This is predictable and nonsensical. Good narration of a boring story.

    Don't waste your time and money

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cate P 11-06-09
    Cate P 11-06-09
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    "Awful!"

    Started this but can't imagine continuing. The narration is terrible! The narrator(s) sound bored. I am sorry I bought it and am not going to continue to listen.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
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