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)
For 9:16:26 I was glued to my iPod. Although a mindless activity had been planned to do while reading this book it was quickly abandoned. I don't think I'd have read it straight through in print & I'll never be able to read it in print at all now. All the planet's must have been perfectly aligned to bring this book, this narrator, this director & production team together in the Brilliance Studio in 1985. I just (bleeping) loved it!
I was never bored. The whole book, the story and each character, enthralled and captivated me!
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!
I actually did read the book years ago but enjoyed the audio version more because of the wonderful accents!
Yes, I would listen again. I kept getting caught up in the action.
The most memorable part was the final portion of story on the island.
I really enjoyed Eric Lincoln's range of accents. He did a great job of making characters identifiable.
I was particularly moved by the pilot's wife and her ordeal.
The only drawback to the book was a few scenes that seemed out of range for the characters.
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.
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.
The book itself I'd recommend but not the audiobook version
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.
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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.
This is a unforgetable story basedon the Allies plans to win WW II and individual committments to victory of each side.
While the book describes the time committment involved with developing a spy network, the story moves quickly with heart beating excitement.
The accents transports the reader to England.
It was an exciting spy story.
The riveting end of the novel.
The different voice changes for each character.
The moment Lucy realizes she needs to kill Favor or be killed by him.
Exciting page turning listen.
I related to the woman who was under such incredible pressure
He is a consumate professional
It made me nervous! Excited and thrilled
Worth the money
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.
"How NOT to narrate a good story"
Ken Follett writes a good yarn, Eric Lincoln is a reasonable narrator. HOwever the story was made laughable by absolutely dire supporting accents and voice characterisations. It was amateurish and essentially a waste of money because of the very poor attention to any authenticity .
Interesting speculation on The Needle. The least interesting was the over romanticised and stereotyped vision of the stiff upper lip.
Get rid of amateur readers with no idea of accents.
Great story, well read and good cast. loved it from beginning to end. well recommend it :)
Something wrong with the recording. At Times the dialogue is too fast and garbled. The characters who make occasional appearances are out of place. It's all feels very amateurish
Anyone but him
And I have downloaded many books from audible and none have had this problem with pace of speech.
"Captivaing and Education at yhe same time"
This story give you a true and real insight to what it was like to live on Britain during the 2nd World War.. History bored me at school but thanks to Ken Follett I now am filled with a fascination and a craving to k ow more about the events of the past and I now realise how much it has influenced our present. This book is also fascination from the point of view of human nature of which I already have a fasconation and this book sated that. Finally, the narratorion is simply brilliant and really delivers the story as it should be.
I loved this book and thanks to Audible, I can listen and enjoy it again and again.
"Great story- shame about the narration"
A brilliantly compelling story that I have come to expect from Ken Follett.
The narration completely let the book down for me. The attempts to reproduce regional British dialects took Dick Van Dykes cockney accent in Mary Poppins to a whole new level. It was a distraction from an otherwise well written and ripping good yarn.
"Loved the story but hated narration/acting"
This is a really good story spoiled by actors trying to use different British accents. Most of the time it detracted from the story and was VERY irritating. Shades of Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins!!! Much better to have the story read properly and a little more slowly by one person.
"Good story spoiled by bad amateur dramatics"
The main reading was fine, but characters were voiced as a dramatised production but badly. Thought Dick Van Dyke was going to make an appearance.
Reminded me of 39 Steps
The main narration wasn't too bad but the accents of the characters was bad, Yorkshire accent was like a Boston accent. The reader would have been better reading the whole book.
"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!!!
"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.
"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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