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Eye of the Needle

Narrated by: Samuel West
Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
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Summary

A special edition of Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett reissued with a bright retro design to celebrate Pan’s 70th anniversary. 

It is 1944 and weeks before D-day. The Allies are disguising their invasion plans with a phony armada of ships and planes. Their plan would be ruined if an enemy agent found out...and then The Needle - Hitler’s prize undercover agent, a cold and professional killer - does just that. Hunted by MI5, he leads a murderous trail across Britain to a waiting U-boat. But he hasn't planned for a storm-battered island and the remarkable young woman who lives there.

Eye of the Needle, Ken Follett's breakthrough international best seller, is a heart-racing, exciting tale about the fate of the war resting in the hands of a master spy, his opponent and a brave woman.

©2018 Ken Follett (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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A real page turner.

This is an exciting , fast paced book. Beautifully written, and the narration by Sam West is brilliant. I think the characters are well drawn, and Sam Wests voices and accents are top notch. I'm keen to listen to more of Ken Follets books.

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Ripping yarn

Excellent story raced along. Couldn't put it down . Narration very good. Will listen again in a few months.

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Great delivery of a poor story

The performance is excellent and Ken Follett writes beautifully as always. Sadly, at multiple points in the book the plot is just ridiculous. Time and again the spy catchers allow their quarry to slip through their fingers in the most incompetent way. It is a shame, because better plot planning could have avoided the recurrent shattering of the illusion.

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Cracking

I’m loving Ken Follett books and this has been best so far. And the bloke telling the story is crackingly good too.

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A gripping story

I love Ken Follett’s books and this was no exception.
It took a while to get going, but once into it, I could not stop listening.
My only criticism is that some on the location descriptions were too long.
Recommended for anyone who likes a spy thriller.

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Fantastic book and story

Wonderfully written, one of my favourite books by Ken, so we'll performed. Highly recommended. What else can I say about this writer I'm becoming a huge fan.

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New to me

Ken Follett's books are new to me, but I've just been slow to catch up with his writing. 3 titles in and I'm a new fan. Great prose, great stories and great detail. If you like Frederick Forsyth, I think you'll enjoy Mr Follett.

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Well written

Great narrator and good story which manages to keep us engaged despite the many unattractive traits of the lead character. Germany’s greatest spy, the Needle, is intent on getting key information to Hitler which could turn the tide of the war. All that stands between him & success is a university professor, his trusty lieutenant & a housewife stuck on a tiny, remote Scottish island.

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A Gentle Listen to a Thriller

I had seen the film many years ago. On seeing the book I felt compelled to buy it. It did not disappoint.The narrator was superb.Would thoroughly recommend.

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Another excellent plot.

Very gripping and engaging.The characters are believable and likely;topped with Sam West's brilliant narration.Im glad he didn’t sink into heavy german accents .His understated suspense was all the more chilling .I shall look for his name again.

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  • 21-02-19

My kind of book, I listen to this book in 1 day

I could not put this book down, I listen the whole book in one day