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Publisher's Summary

Ellis, the American. Jean-Pierre, the Frenchman.... They were two men on opposite sides of the cold war, with a woman torn between them. Together, they formed a triangle of passion and deception, racing from terrorist bombs in Paris to the violence and intrigue of Afghanistan - and on to the moment of truth and a deadly decision for all of them.
©1986 Ken Follett; (P)1986 Brilliance Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Masterful...plot and counterplot, treachery, cunning and killing...keep you on edge every moment." (Associated Press)
"A deadly romantic triangle, a clandestine mission with global stakes, an exotic location, a plot as gripping and ingenious as Eye of the Needle...engineered to perfection with breathless acceleration." ( Los Angeles Times)
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By Daniel McAfee on 07-03-08

Good, but the multiple voice reading was poor

Overall a good book... not great.

Of the recent additions, "A Dangerous Fortune" is much better.

The narrator in this one is ok, but all spoken words are performed by different actors, and unfortunately the actors are a little below "B Movie" actors.

I don't particularly care for the spoken word cut-away style production, the story loses flow, and since the actors are not very good in this one, it really detracts.

The story is interesting and takes you to the Russian war on Afghanistan during 1981. It does shed light on just how horrible the fanatical muslim life is for women, and served to raise my disgust level for those civilizations a notch higher.

I could never really figure out if Follett was trying to touch a level of sympathy with the Afghans or not. I found it impossible to do so if that was the intent.

In the end, you wanted the story's hero to win, but hoped both sides would lose the war.

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By tannk on 09-30-08

makes me want my money back

Follett has written some crackling page-turners and riveting stories. Unfortunately, "Lie Down with Lions" is not one of these. Predicable plot turns are laced with 1980s political correctness - CIA evil, American on "wrong side" in Vietnam -- and mixed with explicit sex so puerile that any but teen-aged boys are tempted to fast forward.
Add to this a truly awful narration - especially the falsetto female voices - and the audio version is even worse than the print one.

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21 of 23 people found this review helpful

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By Mr. David Vanderplank on 05-19-13

Great story but awful production

This is great story but its ruined by an aweful actress who does some on the ladiies dialogue. It grated on me.

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By Suzy on 03-09-11

Poor reader

The story is what it is, but one should expect a better reading quality. The reader speaks too fast and is very bad with foreign accents. The French character Jean-Pierre sounds like Herr Flick from the comic series Allo Allo. Ken Follett being British, one would also expect the reader to speak English and not American! I haven't reached the part in Afghanistan and wonder how they will sound....

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