ISRAEL - where the Mossad's top agent, Nat Dickstein, a master of disguise and deceit, is given an impossible mission: to beat the Arabs in the arms race by finding and stealing 200 tons of uranium without any other nation discovering the theft....
RUSSIA - where top KGB officials have decided to tip the atomic balance in Egypt's favor....
ENGLAND - where Dickstein makes what could be the fatal mistake of his career by falling under the seductive spell of Suzie Ashford, the dazzling, dark-haired beauty who may be his dearest ally or his deadliest enemy....
THE HIGH SEAS - where the Mossad, KGB, Egyptians, and Fedayeen terrorists play out the final violent, bloody moves in a devastating game where the price of failure is nuclear holocaust.
©1979 Ken Follett; (P)1999 Brilliance Audio
"A superb thriller." (Newsweek)
One of the reasons I love historical fiction is how much it teaches me. Not only did I learn more about the KGB, the Mossad and the production of nuclear weapons, but I was never bored and up let several nights not wanting to turn it off. As always Ken Follet delivers interesting characters in extraordinary situations.
This book has everything a good espionage book needs. All the characters are believable and not over the top like most books these days. The book is narratted the plot is thick with intriguie esponionage and twists. All the action is gripping action. This is the type of listen you won't easily be able to stop when your commute is over
This is a follett classic and a must listen for anyone who enjoys books of this Gendre
I would recommend this to a friend who likes stories of cunning and intrigue over stories heavy with action and slick one-liners.
My favorite character was the Egyptian double-agent. I found his motivations fascinating. And I was very interested as he took actions that looked evil on the surface, but turned out to be necessary.
My favorite character to hate was the Egyptian spy who was working with the Russians. I found his character to be realistic and evil. The realism of him was enhanced in how I found his motivations to be completely unreasonable in my American mind, but to also be in complete agreement with many of the Middle Easterners that I have encountered in my life.
An Australian accent to a Cockney Englishman.
Yes it was. I was listening to it while I was in my workshop woodworking. When I was done, I continued to listen to it as I made and ate dinner. When I wasn't listening to the audiobook, I was thinking about it's twists and turns.
Hopelessly addicted to Audio Books! I started listening as a distraction to the aggravation of driving, now I listen all the time :)
Overall a good listen, not great.
Compared to Follett favorites, Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, Hornet Flight, Code to Zero, Whiteout, and Jackdaws, this one falls short.
Both of the recent Audible additions I have tried, Eye of the Needle, and this one, are good - just not riveting stories.
Previous reviewers were too rough on the reader. He was decent to good. Yes, he butchers a few of the accents, but most readers do. His shortcomings where not annoying to me - as some can be unbearable.
Like Eye of the Needle this one teeters between average and good; 3-4 stars.
I think the book may be pretty good. The plot is good, flows well and is easy to follow.
The reading: Not so much!
The poor quality of the performance severely detracted from the enjoyment of the novel itself. The dialects and voices were over the top, amateurish.
I will consider additional audio books by this author, but will not purchase any audio book, by any author, read by this reader.
Having listened to hundreds of audiobooks I have concluded that generally, American readers do not do accents well. The "Cockney" of this book's hero is so bad as to make it unlistenable and only the story-line kept me from the trash bin. Why this reader was chosen to mangle Cockney, Russian, Jewish, and British accents is unacountable. It would have been far better to hear it all in "American".
It caught our interest in the beginning even though it jumps back and forth in time and place with no warning.
Dickstein is a poor excuse for a spy. The reviews say he is expert at disguises, but he never changes his alias, accent, or disguise - even when he knows he's been blown! How stupid is that? Even in the era this takes place, predominantly the '60's, spies would be smarter and more cunning than he is. We are almost ready to ask for a refund.
Ken Follet is one of the great storytellers of all time and this is one of his very best! The reader does the book justice, the plot is both believable and interesting, and you just can't stop listening! A must for your audio book collection!
It started out extremely slow, so much so that I almost stopped listening in the beginning. Eventually the story became more engaging and I finished yet. I plan to listen to more of Ken Follett's books.
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