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Eye of the Needle Audiobook

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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    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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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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    Platypus 04-27-13
    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.

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