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Summary

The Key to Rebecca is a gripping thriller set during the Second World War, from the author of Eye of the Needle, Ken Follett. 

'Our spy in Cairo is the greatest hero of them all...' (Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, September 1942)

He is known to the Germans as 'Sphinx', to others as Alex Wolff, a European businessman. He arrives suddenly in Cairo from out of the desert, armed with a radio set, a lethal blade and a copy of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca - a ruthless man with a burning, relentless conviction that he will win at all costs.

The stakes are high, for the survival of the British campaign in North Africa is in the balance. Only Major William Vandam, an intelligence officer, and the beautiful courtesan Elene can put an end to Wolff's brilliant clandestine reports of British troop movements and strategic plans.

As Rommel's troops come closer to victory, Vandam edges nearer to Wolff and the crucial key. Follett builds tension and suspense to a nerve-tearing pitch as he follows the adversaries across the infernal desert to a confrontation which will determine who wins - and loses - in this deathly struggle.

©2018 Ken Follett (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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The key to Rebecca

The key to Rebecca is my first book by Ken Follett, but not my last... It is a most excellent listen, and brilliantly narrated, full of action, drama, and suspense.

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If you want war time Cairo then this is where you will find it!

A thoroughly enjoyable story, a real page turner. I love the way Follett takes a major historical episode and weaves an exciting and imaginative ‘what if’ espionage story.

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Whizzed through this book, couldn't put it down;

A terrific story, Loved it from beginning to end. I was so curious to find out how the villain would be brought down, It was a very exciting ending with a touch of romance

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brilliant

another gripping story from one of my favourite authors. I found every opportunity to keep listening

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enjoyable.

enjoyable tale of WWII espionage in the desert with some light romance thrown in.

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Gripping!

What a story! I am not normally particularly keen on espionage, but this book had me captivated from chapter 1. And once I had got to chapter 7 or 8 I could not stop listening. Adventure, history, culture, romance, well-portrayed characters, this story has it all. Some scenes are quite hard core but still I carried on listening in horror!!

Tim Downie does a fantastic job of narrating the story in a lively and exciting way. He impersonates all characters admirably and truly brings them to life.

I am a big fan of Ken Follett in general but was not expecting to like this particular one so much. A brilliant book.

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Occasionally gripping but really problematic

The gender politics in this book really date it and at times it is really hard to listen to. The story itself is fairly good, sometimes gripping, sometimes it feels under researched and far fetched.
Tim Downie's performance is good, but I won't be listening again.


Adequate story let down by offensive gender and racial politics.

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Love Ken Follet

Love his historical stories. Always gripping and full of tension. He always seems to have a very strong female character which i really like. Would highly recommend. Got something for everyone, espionage, war, humanity, love and relationships.

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One man's struggle to win the war and find love. He's done a lot better

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My first Ken Follett but definitely not my last!

Excellent story with period details but a modern sheen, grippingly plotted with engaging and interesting characters - really enjoyed it, and excellently narrated by Tim Downie. Off to find more!

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This book was spoilt by the bad narration.
Someone like Ray Porter would have made an amazing job of this!

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  • 13-03-21

Interesting and enjoyable but somewhat contrived

Thoroughly enjoyed this book as it was about a period in history about which I knew little! The plot a little contrived in places but still a good read with excellent narration!