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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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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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  • 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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  • Patty Cleary
  • 2021-03-20

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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  • 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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  • Tracy G.
  • 2021-06-07

eye ofbthe needle

Loved it. very exciting. story was really good and the narrator was fabulous. I learned a lot about ww II.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-06-06

So very good.

Great narration and thrilling, intelligent and thoughtful story. Hard to turn it off. Well worth a listen.

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  • Tamara L. Wright
  • 2021-05-27

Excellent mystery

First time I have read or listened to a Ken Follett novel. After this one I really look forward to the next one. The readers were great

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  • Steve Denver
  • 2021-05-19

Good story well told bad bad guy

Like many of his books a well told story with good characters The bad guy was bad but he had good reasons to be bad

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  • dragonreborn88
  • 2021-05-18

A classic spy thriller

Absolutely loved it. We'll written and wonderfully narrated. I am glad I picked it up!