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)
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.
astrologer and visionary
As an ex-Brit, loved the war-time details, the inner workings of M5 and spy-catchers and found myself intrigued by the car journeys through black-outs - the rationing and limited communication channels that were available then. Difficult to imagine not being able to send a picture via phone or have instant access across the miles.
It was a trip, not only to England but back in time.
Story was a little slow at the beginning, but heart wrenching as we get to know the characters.
No...One and done.
The German spy. He is both complex and professional.
The end on the island
An imaginative story of how historical events in the shaping of mankind can be influenced and destined by basic human interaction. A believable story in its details.
Ken Follett wrote an outstanding novel about a German spy who discovers Britain's great secret leading up to D-Day, and the Britons who attempt to keep him from passing the news to his government. The dis-information campaign is here, but there's also the heroism of a few people who think of themselves as ordinary. Follett brought the story to life on the pages, and Eric Lincoln brilliantly brings it to life reading it for us.
It might not live up to his classic epics like Pillars of the Earth, Dangerous Fortune or Fall of Giants, but is very good nonetheless and certainly worth a credit. To date I have not read a book from Ken Follett that I would not recommend. This guy can flat out write.....
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