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Publisher's Summary

The worldwide phenomenon from the best-selling author of The Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, A Column of Fire, and The Evening and the Morning

His code name was “The Needle.” He was a German aristocrat of extraordinary intelligence - a master spy with a legacy of violence in his blood, and the object of the most desperate manhunt in history....

But his fate lay in the hands of a young and vulnerable English woman, whose loyalty, if swayed, would assure his freedom - and win the war for the Nazis....

©1978 Ken Follett (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Top-notch suspense . . . a terrific thriller . . . spellbinding." (The Miami Herald

"Great . . . one of the twelve best thrillers from the last fifty years." (Rocky Mountain News

"Extraordinarily satisfying . . . a truly suspenseful novel . . . heart-stopping, nerve-freezing terror." (Los Angeles Times

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All-time great thriller, great reader, great idea

What thriller rates higher than this classic from Ken Follett? It is beautifully written and wonderfully plotted, especially the last 100 pages. The only previous recording of the novel I am aware of is an old one by Brilliance audio, a multi-voice approach. I have that one, but it is rather routine compared to the nuanced, attentive work of Samuel West, who is absolutely excellent here--not an indifferently read sentence in the whole book! In particular, West's pacing is perfect. Penguin gave new voice to a handful of older Follett novels along with this classic. Audible should do likewise--look for some older titles that would similarly benefit from a face- or voicelift. Maybe the novels of Dick Francis or Rex Stout would experience a jump of popularity with new readings.

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Fantastic, wholly engaging. Highly recommend

I rewatched the film version and was inspired to get the audiobook. Its a wonderful story. The movie leaves out way too much. Especially the romantic parts. Full of heroic antics and drama.I just loved this. My favorite Follett for sure.

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great historical Adventure

love everything about World War II and Churchill, and this is a great adventure story set in those times. totally believable and exciting

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Not a fan of this story

I found this book slow moving and struggled to get through it. I couldn't connect with the story or the characters. The romantic scenes were cringeworthy.

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Great but graphic

The story had a complex storyline and well developed characters. However, the scenes were quite graphic for my taste.

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Great book !

Well worth it Ken could ease up on the sex visuals but other than that it was awesome

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Outstanding

This was my first, but definitely not my last book by this author.
I enjoyed everything about this book and I can’t wait to read more

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Captivating

Thrilling story, beautifully and patiently written and an astounding narration. Perfection. I recommend reading it.

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Fabulous story exceeded only by the thrilling narration

Could not stop listening to Eye of the Needle. A master story by a masterful writer. A must listen.

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You can tell this was one of the first

Overall enjoyable. One thing really irked me. The free world was at stake and they send in one Constable against a great spy and very adept killer. Sorry, that just way too much literary license and too distracting!

Follett has done some great work, but this isn’t one of them

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