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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Outstanding

I have avoided multiple narrators prior to this selection. Much to my surprise this was terrific!

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Hilarious Voices

I haven't left a review before, but I had to for this book. If you are from the UK or know what a British accent really sounds like don't listen to this production of the story. The main narrator isn't bad but the cast of characters voiced by other 'actors' make Dick Van Dyke sound like a natural born East Ender. It's almost worth listening for the unintentional hilarity of the jaw droppingly terrible accents if you enjoy that sort of thing. The story itself is engaging and interesting but performances are laughably appalling.

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Fabulous

Great plot, gripping story, superb narratives. Wish it was narrated by Lee, though Eric was pretty good. Other VOs were disturbing the flow rather than helping. Also the natural accents made it difficult to follow in a couple of places.

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The Best Spy Novel Ever

Follett was unsurpassed as the finest World War Two era novelist of the late twentieth century, and is still going strong as an international best-selling author. Eye of the Needle was published in 1978 and remains his most famous work, and even now holds its own as perhaps the greatest modern spy novel ever written. I read it for the first time on my eighteenth birthday in one sitting. It inspired many other writers to enter the genre, including Daniel Silva, author of The Unlikely Spy, which is similar to EOTN in many respects. By the time EOTN was adapted as a successful motion picture in 1981, it was still on the best-seller list and remained on it for several years afterward. I have read many other Follett novels but this has remained the favorite. The audio is further enhanced by the faultless narration of Eric Lincoln, which makes Follett's unique characters spring vividly to life.

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Love every Ken Follett piece I have read. This was my least favorite book, and the performance was awkward and uncomfortable.

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3 stars relative to Follett

my mother thinks this was amazing. I've read more Follett than she has, so I know his works can be even better.

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Great story /Cheesy production

A thrilling spy novel that has stood the test of time since it was written in the late 1970s. Fun to listen to in spite of the low production value. The British accents are off-putting and the voices of Lucy and her son Joe border on laughable. Still enjoyed it.

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  • Steve
  • Warrington, PA, United States
  • 07-09-16

It was ok

Not as good as Follets more recent books but it's worth your time. I was not a fan of the narration. It wasn't horrible I just didn't like the style. I will continue to read/listen to Follet, this just wasn't his best work in my opinion. He has a high bar to meet :-)

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Robert's Review

Now this is a grat book. Rhe movie was ok, but the book is superv. The narrative is great.

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  • 03-24-16

Good yarn. Worth listening to.

Strong narrative kept me listening even when I should have been working. Don't tell the boss.