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Whiteout

Narrated by: Sally Armstrong
Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (283 ratings)

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Summary

Filled with startling twists, Whiteout is the ultimate knife-edge drama from Ken Follett - an international best-selling author who is in a class of his own.

As a blizzard whips down from the north on Christmas Eve, several people converge on a remote family house. Stanley Oxenford, director of a pharmaceutical research company, has everything riding on a drug he is developing to fight a lethal virus.

Several others are interested in his success, too: his children, at home for Christmas with their offspring, have their eyes on the money he will make; Toni Gallo, head of his security team and recently forced to resign from the police, is betting her career on keeping it safe; an ambitious local television reporter sniffs a story, even if he has to bend the facts to tell it; and a violent trio of thugs are on their way to steal it, with a client already waiting.

As the storm worsens and the group is held under siege by the elements, the emotional sparks crackle, and dark secrets are revealed that threaten to drive Stanley and his family apart forever.

©2004 Ken Follett (P)2015 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

Critic reviews

"Human betrayal, medical terror and a race against time...this is gasp a minute stuff by a vintage practitioner." ( Daily Mail)

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Tension builds and this book is a real page turner however at times it felt as if it was one crisis followed by another

An excellent book which kept me riveted but also a little frustrated as bad things kept happening! A great narrator and the characters were believable and live in your mind long after you have finished the book.

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Great read

This is a book you cannot put down! Prepare to be gripped by the drama. Read beautifully by Sally Armstrong.

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loved it. it's a page turner in listening form!

found myself listening to it at every opportunity. loved the Scottish accent of Sally Armstrong.
I am a big fan of Ken Follett. this book won't disappoint

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couldn't put it down. excellent read

wow couldn't put it down. Lots of excitement action and that dripping of romance on top. great characters and great plot.

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Hold your breath!

What a ride, Ken Follett brilliant story, full of surprises.
Couldn't believe some of the twists had to say out loud "oh no!"

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Very well write and read

Thoroughly enjoyed this story from start to finish. Ken is a terrific author. Well done.

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Wow

The story was gripping each hour intense. I find it difficult to be critical , the narrator excellent I am blind and audiobooks my life line..

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Not Ken's finest, but ok

This should have been called "I wish someone had a mobile phone on them". I also would recommend that this is read just before Christmas.

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Poor narration, OK story

I usually love Ken Follett, but it almost seems that the narrator was only chosen because of her Scottish accent (the story is set in Scotland) than for any other reason. The narration is monotone with few attempts at injecting a performance.

Perhaps because of that the story itself appears to be predictable and unengaging.

Disappointed.

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A bit of an Agatha Christie

Well I know Ken Follet has a proven track record but I found this book tedious. It seemed to get stuck in the middle and I almost gave up on it. Also the narrator was perhaps not the best choice sounding very much like the female in charge of the kitchens in Dowton Abbey when a more edgy Scottish voice might have been more apt.