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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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    Jan 09-26-13
    Jan 09-26-13 Member Since 2011

    Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "R rated made for TV book..."

    Too much sex and violence for my enjoyment. However, I liked the historical setting and glimpses into the life of British citizens during the war. Fast moving plot kept my mind engaged but I was honestly glad when over... towards the end I just couldn't suspend my disbelief or handle anymore violence. Narration - female/child voices were really irritating.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny 08-01-13
    Jenny 08-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Spellbinding Spy Novel"
    What made the experience of listening to Eye of the Needle the most enjoyable?

    I was never bored. The whole book, the story and each character, enthralled and captivated me!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eye of the Needle?

    When I found myself feeling sympathetic to the "villain" as well as the "heroes." I can't mention the point at which that happened without spoiling part of the story!


    What does Eric Lincoln bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I actually did read the book years ago but enjoyed the audio version more because of the wonderful accents!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dave 03-18-13
    Dave 03-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good suspense."
    Would you listen to Eye of the Needle again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen again. I kept getting caught up in the action.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eye of the Needle?

    The most memorable part was the final portion of story on the island.


    What does Eric Lincoln bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really enjoyed Eric Lincoln's range of accents. He did a great job of making characters identifiable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was particularly moved by the pilot's wife and her ordeal.


    Any additional comments?

    The only drawback to the book was a few scenes that seemed out of range for the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Bristol, VA, United States 03-18-13
    Keith Bristol, VA, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Well written, great story"
    What made the experience of listening to Eye of the Needle the most enjoyable?

    I like WWII-related stories and this is one of the best. Something that did not happen, but could have. Character development and dialogue was excellent. The storyline was well thought out and did not require suspension of one's logic to believe.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was basically a series of stories heading toward a meshing at the end. All stories and people were interesting. Knowing the outcome of WWII was a huge "spoiler" about outcome though.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sander Brooklyn, NY, USA 03-18-13
    Sander Brooklyn, NY, USA 03-18-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Nice book but horrible narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book itself I'd recommend but not the audiobook version


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narration is horrible with all the different voices, it sometimes sounds like a radio play which in my opinion is very distractive. Also you clearly hear the recording breaks as the voices continue with a slightly different sound.
    I guess by todays standards it's not accepted.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Somerset, Kentucky, United States 03-15-13
    Joseph Somerset, Kentucky, United States 03-15-13 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself! Lifelong reader and passionate pursuer of knowledge. I love Audible because I never have to stop reading.

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    "Just a very solid storyteller"

    Ken Follett's first novel-just a very solid storyteller who is one of my favorite authors. Th Audible presentation is different in that there are different readers for different characters. I thought it done well, and the storyline speaks for itself. If you enjoy well written historical fiction, Mr. Follett is always a solid bet.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peacock Poway, CA, United States 03-11-13
    Peacock Poway, CA, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Eye of the Needle Sharply Written"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a unforgetable story basedon the Allies plans to win WW II and individual committments to victory of each side.


    What did you like best about this story?

    While the book describes the time committment involved with developing a spy network, the story moves quickly with heart beating excitement.


    What about Eric Lincoln’s performance did you like?

    The accents transports the reader to England.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Richardson, TX United States 03-11-13
    Diane Richardson, TX United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2015

    diane

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    "I loved this book!"
    What did you love best about Eye of the Needle?

    It was an exciting spy story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eye of the Needle?

    The riveting end of the novel.


    What does Eric Lincoln bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The different voice changes for each character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment Lucy realizes she needs to kill Favor or be killed by him.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nikki Australia 03-11-13
    Nikki Australia 03-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "One of His Best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Exciting page turning listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eye of the Needle?

    I related to the woman who was under such incredible pressure


    What about Eric Lincoln’s performance did you like?

    He is a consumate professional


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me nervous! Excited and thrilled


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the money

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kent tulsa, OK, USA 03-08-13
    Kent tulsa, OK, USA 03-08-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Beware Multiple Narrators and one is terrible."
    Would you try another book from Ken Follett and/or Eric Lincoln?

    I like Follett and he didn't disappoint, although it's not his best book. The main narrator was good, but the female was terrible and even worse when she did the voice of the child. It was completely jarring when she first appeared—Audible gave no notice that there are multiple performers here and I think it's a bit of a dupe by them.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Susie Rainbird
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    4/26/13
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    "Eye of the Needle"

    This is a really good spy thriller - I read it and thought I'd like to listen to it as I drive. The audiobook is absolutely wrecked by the pantomime villain voices from actors who have obviously studied at the Dick Van Dyke school of accents. The use of various reverb effects at inappropriate times does not help the plausibility of the scenes.



    Great story - amazingly amateur recording!!!

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  • Mr
    Bardsey, United Kingdom
    11/21/12
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    "Great story - Hilarious accents"

    This has a great storyline and has in fact been made into a good film. I nearly stopped listening to the audiobook as the narrator's attempts at regional british accents is terrible. However, I stuck with it and after a while found the accents almost as entertaining as the storyline. I would however encourage Audible to do just service to this book by commissioning another narrator.

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  • Michael
    Cork, Ireland
    3/23/09
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    "Excellent story line but........"

    Excellent story line but let down by third rate dramatisation accents.The narrator was more than capable and dramatisation was unnecessary.
    However I learned to live with the deficiencies and recommend the book wholeheartedly.

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  • chris
    London, United Kingdom
    8/13/08
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    "Excellent thriller despite the poor accents"

    Really an excellent plot and believable story, with interesting historical significance. Rather than having to suspend disbelief, it is credible that the course of the war could swing on the one ruthless individual being pursued. The main narrator is fine but the actors in the interspersed dramatised elements are presumably Americans putting on a variety of British regional accents with laughable results. I persevered and found it deeply satisfying despite this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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