Whiteout

  • by Ken Follett
  • Narrated by Josephine Bailey
  • 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Like no other suspense author in his genre, Follett reinvents the thriller with each new storyline. But nothing matches the intricate, knife-edge drama of Whiteout. A missing canister of a deadly virus. A lab technician bleeding from the eyes. Toni Gallo, the security director of a Scottish medical research firm, knows she has problems, but she has no idea of the nightmare to come. As a Christmas Eve blizzard whips out of the north, several people converge on a remote family house. Stanley Oxenford, the research company's director, has everything riding on the drug he is developing to fight the virus, but he isn't the only one: his grown children, who have come to spend Christmas, have their eyes on the money it will bring; Toni Gallo, forced to resign from the police department in disgrace, is betting her career on keeping the drug safe; a local television reporter, determined to move up, has sniffed the story, even if he has to bend the facts to tell it; and a violent trio of thugs is on its way to steal it for a client already waiting, though what the client really has in mind is something that will shock them all. As the storm worsens, the emotional sparks, jealousies, distrust, sexual attraction, and rivalries, crackle; desperate secrets are revealed; hidden traitors and unexpected heroes emerge. Filled with startling twists at every turn, Whiteout rockets Follett to a class by himself.

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What the Critics Say

"[The] nail-biter ending drags readers to the very edge of their seats and holds them captive until the last villain is satisfactorily dispatched." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Edge Of The Seat Thriller!

I loved this book, but it was a bit slow until the second half. All I can say is don't stop listening. The first half lays the groundwork and introduces all of the characters. The second half is very exciting and thrilling with one thing after another happening. The author doesn't leave us hanging, either. He wraps it up very nicely at the end by letting us know what happens to all of the characters. I found it to be very enjoyable.
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- Sandylp

Ken Follett goes Danielle Steeel

What a dreadful disappointment - after five hours into the book, still NOTHING has happened other than that we have been introduced to half a dozen idle rich women and their dysfunctional male counterparts. The description of the self absorbed lives of these people is what most guys fear from romance novels - and to juxtapose these trivial problems to the potential of a virus on the loose on the British Isles that has a 100 percent mortality rate simply doesn't work.

The reader does justice to the whiny voices of the cast of unsympathetic characters. She would not work for a thriller, which I incorrectly assumed Whiteout to be, but for the bickering dialog of entitled women and spineless men, she is doing a good job.

Don't spend your money on this dud!
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- B. W. Larsen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-21-2005
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio