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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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    Gulf Coast 04-04-14
    Gulf Coast 04-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Outsanding Performance"

    I REALLY enjoyed the way this book was performed! The story, not so much. :(

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 01-29-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "What are You Waiting for?"

    If you are one of the few people that have not read or listened to this book, what are you waiting for? This is a classic that should appeal to historical fiction, thriller, war, adventure and just good reading fans. This was my first Follet, but it won't be my last. There are even some good sex scenes.

    Eric Lincoln does a great job and surely he was not the only narrator, none of the voices sound like the same guy did them. The production is first class, it sounds like a radio play.

    The writing is great, the story is great, the production is great, if you don't enjoy this, the problem is with you.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John NJ, United States 01-27-14
    John NJ, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Quite good"

    I bought this on special, thinking "ii'll try it for that price", and i was pleasantly surprised. I mean, i know Ken Follett is a good author, i just didn't expect as much out of an earlier work i guess. Not sure what i thought really, but regardless, this is a good book. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynda Waseca, MN, United States 11-07-13
    Lynda Waseca, MN, United States 11-07-13 Member Since 2008

    Variety...the spice of life! I read a variety of genres. From historical fiction, to murder mystery, to vampires and on to teen fiction.

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    "Ken Follet never disappoints me!"

    I really enjoyed this story, though it was written some time ago. It is a little hard at first to keep the characters straight and to figure out how all of their lives will be intertwined, but when you do the storyline really picks up. The writer describes the characters well and gets me to identify with them. I even sympathize with the bad guy for awhile........until the end when all hell breaks lose. I enjoy the fact that the real hero of the story will not be the strong male presences of the story, but the likeable female presence of the story. I would recommend this book to anyone. It kept me interested and entertained throughout.

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    Alison Brinston, ONTARIO, Canada 10-25-13
    Alison Brinston, ONTARIO, Canada 10-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "definitely suspenseful listen"

    Like many I bought this book when it went on the Daily Deal, so I wasn't really expecting too much. I was pleasantly surprised. The story does start out a bit slowly, but there are quite a few characters whose stories all wind together, so Follett takes time to develop all of them. I think that's the thing that made me really enjoy the story. All the characters are well thought through and interesting. Even the spy is a very complete character, even though he's evil (and not just in a he's-a-Nazi-therefore-he-must-be-evil way, but in a cold-blooded killer way) he's quite interesting. It's neat to see his perspective on things.

    I see the reviewers have debated the performance... Personally, I don't really care for the multiple voices, but it wasn't the end of the world. I don't like the effects (like radio static or telephone voices) either, and this book had those too. I suppose it all depends on how worked up you want to get over narration. Overall, I felt like the story withstood the iffy narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Walpole, MA, United States 10-23-13
    Kindle Customer Walpole, MA, United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2011

    I'm a bear that likes honey, climbing trees, stealing picnic baskets and listening to audiobooks.

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    "Might Be My Favorite So Far"
    What did you love best about Eye of the Needle?

    The story had great stakes, great characters, and it moved along at a brisk pace. It kept me riveted the whole time I was listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The needle is a great character.


    What about Eric Lincoln’s performance did you like?

    I love the ensemble cast approach that this book has. It was a different listening experience that was jarring at first (seeing as I am so used to one narrator), but ultimately worked perfectly for the story. I think more books should be read like this.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "The Needle has Landed"


    Any additional comments?

    If you love historical fiction and love to get absorbed in a tale, this is a great way to go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joange Rice, VA, United States 09-27-13
    Joange Rice, VA, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Still good after all these years"

    I read this when it was first released and liked it. I've enjoyed nearly everything written by Ken Follett - he's a great story teller. Not too crazy, however, by the multiple readers, especially the female voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Glenview, IL, United States 09-19-13
    Cindy Glenview, IL, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Wish I had my credit back"
    What disappointed you about Eye of the Needle?

    Found the production of this audiobook unbearable and am surprised Audible is selling this.I've been a subscriber for years and this is the worst production problem I have encountered. The speed seems to be off. It plays too fast at full speed, filled with a strange, hollow echo at lower speeds. I hate to waste a credit, but I could not concentrate on the story at all. The production completely gets in the way.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible needs to fix this production.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    hans 09-17-13
    hans 09-17-13
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    "Too much acting"
    What made the experience of listening to Eye of the Needle the most enjoyable?

    I had read eye of the needle many years ago, and it was refreshing to experience it again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book does a great job of maintaining suspense and painting a picture of the historical context in which the story occurred.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I felt like I was in junior high and the teacher had assigned each speaking part to a different child. The performance was more like a play being read by many students In an uncoordinated manner, than a story being read by a professional narrator. I have listened to over 50 books on audible, and this performance rates at the very bottom.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Baldwin Atlanta, GA 08-15-13
    Chris Baldwin Atlanta, GA 08-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Gateway Drug to Follett"
    Any additional comments?

    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!

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  • Andrew
    Cambourne, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
    7/1/08
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    "Wonderful thriller"

    This is a gripping thriller. Really enjoyed it. Only let down by ludicrous, hilarious accents of the dramatized dialogue.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    HODDESDON, United Kingdom
    4/6/13
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    "I gave up the reading was terrible"

    I have this on my kindle but I thought my husband might like to listen to it, but listened first.



    It is an atrocious reading. This is a British book which has been altered to make it more easy for Americans to understand. I could almost forgive the replacing of such words as "nappy" for "diaper", if the reader had not sunk into a Dick Van Dyke style mockney accent.



    Audible please choose appropriate readers for your books. This is truly AWFUL.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Geoff
    South Woodford, London, United Kingdom
    12/29/08
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    ""Eye of the Needle (Unabridged)""

    This is a great thriller, BUT it is ruined by the inconsistent, amateurish and in some cases laughable accents attempted by the narrator.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stafford Steve
    Heart of England
    4/13/15
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    "Read the book!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not time well spent as I could have been better occupied reading the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    basic conceit about German intelligence in 1944 is great, but it's realisation was a great disappointment.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    too fast, and the am dram voices were just stupid


    Was Eye of the Needle worth the listening time?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointing. It's not that it isn't Le Carre, or even that Harris does this kind of thing better in Enigma and Fatherland, or even that pointless Americanisms litter this British story, but this is neither the reading of a novel nor a full dramatisation, but amateur night at the library with ludicrous voices. This is my most disappointing Audible talking book to date.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • John
    11/11/14
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    "Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins Rides Again!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The removal of the awful voices apart form the narrator. All the extra voices seems to have come through a machine. It actually make Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins sound like a cockney!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Better English Voices


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

    All three!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a irst class story, that has been sadly spoiled by the very bad voices

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stian
    Trondheim, Norway
    4/7/12
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    "might be a good story.."

    I just couldn't follow the narration. Tried for 30 mins then gave up, a real waste of money. Very monotome and made worse by what seem to background noise..

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Derek
    Snitterby, Lincs, United Kingdom
    4/27/11
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    "Disapointing"

    There was nothing wrong with the storey teller, BUT the extra voices must have been supplied by members of the Goon show.
    They managed to completely ruin what would have been an acceptable storey.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    Doncaster, United Kingdom
    12/20/09
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    "Drama is not as good as the book."

    I thought that the book was better than this drama, which is ruined by accents etc.

    Code to Zero is also a better book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • sodajoe
    5/23/14
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    "Can't make up its mind what it wants to be."
    What disappointed you about Eye of the Needle?

    The performance is terrible, it's not quite a dramatization and not just a straightforward narration. The sound quality comes across quite cheaply and the accents are shocking. I'm off to try the abridged version. Here's hoping.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ken Follett? Why or why not?

    I'm going to try the abridged version of Eye of the Needle


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

    Anyone but him or he could do without the dreadful accents.


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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