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Eye of the Needle

Written by: Ken Follett
Narrated by: Samuel West
Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
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Publisher's 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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Wonderful experience!

Good thriller story, perfect voice! If you like thrillers, this will be a wonderful experience.

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Astounding<br />

beautiful story. well told and characterization is perfect. a master piece in the world of spy thrillers. ken is a great story teller

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  • Anonymous User
  • 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

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  • D. A. Morse
  • 31-08-18

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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  • Mrs P M Knapton
  • 13-09-18

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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  • Mark Sanford-Wood
  • 26-01-19

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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  • j a gamblen
  • 11-11-18

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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  • Dasman
  • 13-10-18

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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  • jb337
  • 10-03-20

Very good

A very enjoyable book, Samuel West reads it brilliantly, perfect voice for a spy thriller.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-03-20

made it worth having the flu

struck in bed for three days couldn't stop listening even with new dvds to watch

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  • LittlePlum um hum
  • 28-02-20

A Real Page Turner

I could not fault this book. A bit of everything, history, romance, mystery, fear, with plausible, likeable characters. It was beautifully written without the prose distracting from the story, and beautifully narrated. I had to abandon my ‘to do’ list and just finish it! Highly recommended.

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  • ,Caroline Pitrakou
  • 15-02-20

Engaging good story and well narrated worth listen

Couldn't stop listening to this book. Beautifully narrated / acted by Sam West thoroughly enjoyed

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  • Chris Maguire
  • 13-02-20

Eye of the Needle is a case of Deja vu

Don’t you hate it when you start listening to
a book and then get a 1/3rd of the way through before remembering you read it years ago? Still a brilliant book the second time round

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  • Barbara
  • 17-09-19

Brilliant - favourite

Great book with top narration One of the best of the many I’ve listened to

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  • David
  • 10-02-19

Top notch!

A cracking good spy thriller! Expertly constructed and performed. Highly recommended. Couldn't put it down.