Pan Macmillan is to release new audio editions of twelve of Ken Follett’s classic thrillers, with some available for download for the first time. Each will be read by a different actor, with the first four released this week on 16 August. The remaining eight will be available by the end of the month.


Rebecca Lloyd (Publishing Director, Audio) bought audio rights for World English Language excluding USA and Canada for 12 backlist Ken Follett thrillers including his first novel Eye of the Needle.

All 12 audiobooks are read by a cast of well-known actors, including Richard Armitage (The Hobbit), Emilia Fox (Silent Witness), Samuel West (The Darkest Hour), Raza Jaffrey (Homeland) and Tim Downie (Paddington).

The audiobooks will launch to coincide with the release of Ken Follett’s number one bestselling book, A Column of Fire, in paperback on 23 August.

Ken Follett said:

“I listen to audiobooks, so I know how much a good actor can add to the experience. I’m thrilled to have such a great group of stars to voice my stories—and the listeners will also be delighted.”

Richard Armitage commented:

“In true Ken Follett style, The Man from St Petersburg is a thrilling political and domestic family saga, a page turner of compelling characters drawn with detailed historical accuracy. I wanted to know everything about these people and the privileged yet dangerous world they inhabit. It was a joy to read.”

Emilia Fox added:

“I didn’t want this book to end! Jackdaws is a compelling read with fantastic characters. It is an absolute joy to read aloud - thrilling, romantic and a celebration of brave women.”

Samuel West said:

“I’m delighted to be doing Eye of the Needle. It is the first Ken Follett book I have read, and although it is forty years old it still seems extraordinarily up-to-date, and a remarkable book for a man of twenty-seven, which is what he was when he wrote it. It made his name, and I have to say I’m not surprised. It is beautifully written and thrillingly exciting.”


The full list of publication dates is as follows:

16 August
The Man from St Petersburg - read by Richard Armitage

Jackdaws - read by Emilia Fox

The Third Twin - read by January LaVoy

Paper Money - read by Jonathan Keeble

23 August

Eye of the Needle - read by Samuel West

Triple - read by Raza Jaffrey

The Hammer of Eden - read by January LaVoy

Night Over Water - read by Russell Bentley

30 August

The Key to Rebecca - read by Tim Downie

Code to Zero - read by Ian Porter

The Modigliani Scandal - read by Justin Avoth

Lie Down with Lions - read by Emma Fenney


For more information please contact James Douglas at Four Culture
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