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Eye of the Needle Audiobook

Eye of the Needle

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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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    alice 01-08-14
    alice 01-08-14 Member Since 2016
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    "I just (bleeping) loved it!"

    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!

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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!


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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.

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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.


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    Diane Richardson, TX United States 03-11-13
    Diane Richardson, TX United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2015

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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 2016
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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 03-08-13
    Kent 03-08-13
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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.


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  • Mrs Susan North Coombes
    8/4/16
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    "Excellent book and reader but terrible performances!"

    Good idea to have other voices for the different parts in the story as very difficult for a reader - but obviously Americans and TERRIBLE accents and voices!! Unless it was Lincoln doing them all?!! Why Americanise it too?? Such a shame as story brilliant and Lincoln a good narrator.

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  • Steve
    6/21/16
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    "accents"

    Great story but the londeners sounded like Dick van dyke in Mary poppins and Eric Idle in Monty Python. Good story spoilt by the accents

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  • Steve
    6/20/16
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    "How NOT to narrate a good story"
    Would you try another book written by Ken Follett or narrated by Eric Lincoln?

    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 .


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Interesting speculation on The Needle. The least interesting was the over romanticised and stereotyped vision of the stiff upper lip.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Eric Lincoln?

    Michael Jayston


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Get rid of amateur readers with no idea of accents.

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  • Amazon Customer
    2/28/16
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    "Great tale"

    Great story, well read and good cast. loved it from beginning to end. well recommend it :)

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  • Tommy
    8/29/15
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    "Dreadful"
    Would you try another book written by Ken Follett or narrated by Eric Lincoln?

    Yes


    Would you recommend Eye of the Needle to your friends? Why or why not?

    No
    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


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Eric Lincoln?

    Anyone but him


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

    Great disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    And I have downloaded many books from audible and none have had this problem with pace of speech.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Josephine O'Riordan
    7/20/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dianne
    5/23/15
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    "Great story- shame about the narration"
    What did you like most about Eye of the Needle?

    A brilliantly compelling story that I have come to expect from Ken Follett.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hatrack
    Bristol
    5/19/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gabriel
    east kilbride, United Kingdom
    3/18/14
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    "Good story spoiled by bad amateur dramatics"
    Would you try another book written by Ken Follett or narrated by Eric Lincoln?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Eye of the Needle to, and why?

    Reminded me of 39 Steps


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susie Rainbird
    Lancashire
    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!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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