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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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    Joel 12-03-11
    Joel 12-03-11

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    "Wonderful, Suspense and History"

    This is one of Follett's best. History told memorably through fictional characters whose
    lives entertwine unexpectedly. Great writing.

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    Bowland Lincoln, NE, United States 09-09-11
    Bowland Lincoln, NE, United States 09-09-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Narration"

    I enjoyed the story and this is one of the best read books I've listened to

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    JOHN Arlington, TX, United States 05-25-11
    JOHN Arlington, TX, United States 05-25-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Too much character development"

    Listened for an hour and lost patience while Follett developed the characters to the nth degree before getting the main plot, i.e., the interesting part. Have read other Folletts and should have known. Replaced it with a DeMille book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Gold Coast, Australia 04-07-11
    Wendy Gold Coast, Australia 04-07-11
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    "Top read"

    One of the best books ever. A brilliant spy story.
    Just could not stop listening and I wish there were more like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Xenia, OH, United States 02-26-11
    Robert Xenia, OH, United States 02-26-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Die Nadle is the best"

    This is a superb reading. I loved it. I listened to it for 8 hours driving and could not stop listening. I've listened to it a couple more times after. If you've read the book as I have and seen the movie, or not, you will love this. I keep searching for a WWII movie that comes close to it and have been unsuccessful. This is just a classic.

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    Philip Århus C, Denmark 12-31-10
    Philip Århus C, Denmark 12-31-10
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    "good book, terrible presentation"

    There is nothing wrong with the book but the presentation with several actors, some of them really poor, is horrible.

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    Rob Brentwood, CA United States 12-16-10
    Rob Brentwood, CA United States 12-16-10 Member Since 2006

    rwjrn

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    "Great Story, Poor Production"

    Loved the story. It is edge of your seat suspense with some history, action and romance thrown in as well. It is worh a listen if you can get past the production. One critic wrote " Fans of old-time radio drama will particularly enjoy this full cast version." Well, if you like listening to people talk like they are using tin cans on a string in accents that would make even a grade school drama teacher cringe then you will be a fan of this listen. I have always wondered why audiobooks don't use a full cast to add drama to a production and I have hope that someone will do it well someday. This one made a great story almost unbearable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marian North Bonneville, WA, United States 10-13-10
    Marian North Bonneville, WA, United States 10-13-10 Member Since 2009
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    "TYPICAL FOLLETT"

    I got "Eye of the Needle" as a special Audible offering. It is somewhat entertaining. When it comes to serious novels, I prefer fuller characterizations and more interesting plots. This is "standard fare."

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JEANNETTE 08-07-10
    JEANNETTE 08-07-10 Listener Since 2006
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    "Definitely needs a better reader"

    This book may be okay, but I'll never know. The reader tried to use accents that were distrating, annoying and eventually intolerable. When he read normally, it was fine, but the accents he tried were awful. I felt totally ripped off on this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    05-21-09
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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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