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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

What the critics say

"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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The best WW2 Spy fiction

I read the book over forty years ago , I’ve seen the movie with Donald Sutherland , it is better hearing it on Amazon Audible. The narrator is very good , I joy to listen too. This novel is classic Ken Follett , he is at his very best .

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Absolutely wonderful!

Cohesive depth of character, immersive mood, and respect for historic accuracy are so riveting throughout this work. What great curiosity, intelligence, and love of human nature Follett enjoys. I am grateful for his fascinating work.

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Not my favorite Follett novel

This is a fine novel but character development was a bit lacking. On the other hand, while the outcome of the story is never really in doubt, Follett managed to throw a few curveballs along the way. The narration was very good as well.

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An audio page turner

Excellently written and narrated. Follett paints scenes with the skill of a Grand Master. There were times when I was awed by his descriptions. The pace was at times thrilling and the plot was well developed and unanticipated. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves spy novels. It is apply viewed as a classic. It does not disappoint.

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Brilliant

So fine. Story is one of the very best spy stories ever. Reader quintessentially British but an actor so we have Churchill Hitler Rommel our Heroine and a dozen other voices all believable. 5 stars all round!

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  • Glenn Hopp
  • 2021-03-14

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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  • J. John
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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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  • Patty Cleary
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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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  • Andrew R.
  • 2021-02-20

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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  • SB
  • 2021-02-11

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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  • Dean K Johnston
  • 2022-04-01

Great book !

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

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  • Sarah
  • 2021-12-17

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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  • MLC
  • 2021-12-14

Captivating

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

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  • Richard S.
  • 2021-12-10

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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  • Robert
  • 2022-01-29

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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