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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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    Platypus 04-27-13
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    "Great Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Eye of the Needle to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print version.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. Whilst I knew the story, it was still dramatic and wonderfully presented. I was totally engrossed in the story, so much so that I could not wait to commence my drive to work each day. Ken Follett is a brilliant author.

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    Richard Highlands Ranch, Colorado 03-28-13
    Richard Highlands Ranch, Colorado 03-28-13 Member Since 2010

    Breckenridge CO. USA

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    "Excellent Character Development"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, we'll developed story.


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

    Presented as more of a dramatic reading than a narration.


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

    He discovers his weakness, she explores hers.


    Any additional comments?

    Well written and well presented.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jacques otterburn park, QC, Canada 03-23-13
    jacques otterburn park, QC, Canada 03-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    I was worried this might be confusing, complicated, and convoluted. Spy novels often are.
    But this one was easy to follow, and very entertaining. Nothin too heavy, and not one of Follett's greatest works. It was still a good, solid read.

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    Jennifer A. Stone New York, NY 03-18-13
    Jennifer A. Stone New York, NY 03-18-13 Member Since 2015

    astrologer and visionary

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    "Plot pulled me along - had my heart racing"

    As an ex-Brit, loved the war-time details, the inner workings of M5 and spy-catchers and found myself intrigued by the car journeys through black-outs - the rationing and limited communication channels that were available then. Difficult to imagine not being able to send a picture via phone or have instant access across the miles.
    It was a trip, not only to England but back in time.
    Story was a little slow at the beginning, but heart wrenching as we get to know the characters.

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    David 03-11-13
    David 03-11-13
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    "Old school spy thriller"
    Would you listen to Eye of the Needle again? Why?

    No...One and done.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The German spy. He is both complex and professional.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end on the island


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

    No. No.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KENNETH bristol, CT, United States 03-11-13
    KENNETH bristol, CT, United States 03-11-13
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    "Good World War II tale"

    An imaginative story of how historical events in the shaping of mankind can be influenced and destined by basic human interaction. A believable story in its details.

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    Joy 01-01-12
    Joy 01-01-12
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    "Surely this has won awards?"

    Ken Follett wrote an outstanding novel about a German spy who discovers Britain's great secret leading up to D-Day, and the Britons who attempt to keep him from passing the news to his government. The dis-information campaign is here, but there's also the heroism of a few people who think of themselves as ordinary. Follett brought the story to life on the pages, and Eric Lincoln brilliantly brings it to life reading it for us.

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    Matt OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 12-16-11
    Matt OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 12-16-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Classic Follett"

    It might not live up to his classic epics like Pillars of the Earth, Dangerous Fortune or Fall of Giants, but is very good nonetheless and certainly worth a credit. To date I have not read a book from Ken Follett that I would not recommend. This guy can flat out write.....

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

    lost-in-dixie

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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 2015
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    I enjoyed the story and this is one of the best read books I've listened to

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