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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,378 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ken Follett Narrator: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2005 ISBN: 9780786554331
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"Everyone likes a page-turner, and Follett is the best." —The Philadelphia Inquirer

"A hell of a storyteller" (Entertainment Weekly), #1 New York Times bestselling author Ken Follett reinvents the thriller with each new novel. 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, Toni among them, converge on a remote family house. All have something to gain or lose from the drug developed to fight the virus. As the storm worsens, the emotional sparks—jealousies, distrust, sexual attraction, rivalries—crackle; desperate secrets are revealed; hidden traitors and unexpected heroes emerge. Filled with startling twists at every turn, Whiteout rockets Follett into a class by himself. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben Lehrer | 1/17/2014

    " Fairly simple plot line without the twists you'd expect from a thriller. Still a decent page turner, but a bit adolescent compared to some of Follett's other works. Like a Dan Brown novel without the conspiracies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank Shedd | 1/13/2014

    " excellant one of Follet's best "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginger | 1/7/2014

    " This was good book. Similar to Tom Clancy. It does have lots of sexual scenes and bad language, so be aware of that. I bought it in the airport because I needed another book to read for the flight home, and it is certainly a compelling story. If it wasn't for the unnecessary gratuitous sexuality, I would have given it 4 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Killingbeck | 1/3/2014

    " I read this a long time ago, I couldnt put it down. In a nutshell its holiday time and there is a Wicked storm, a whiteout. There is a virus and a drug developed to stop the virus. Full of twists and turns, non stop action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Parrott | 1/1/2014

    " The bad guys come to swipe the life saving drug. The weather isn't cooperating. And that's where the adventure begins. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/24/2013

    " nice thriller, but no new surprises "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/24/2013

    " This was not one of my favorites of his books. I remember it being a little overly violent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adorée | 11/3/2013

    " Vlot geschreven spannend boekje, je moet van het type boek houden "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dena | 11/3/2013

    " predictable but strangely gripping "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading) | 10/6/2013

    " Another Follett masterpiece! Review to come! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Horace Mann Family Reading Challenge | 10/3/2013

    " This mystery book made me think and try to figure who committed the crime, but it kept trying to contain e me it was different people. M.B. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lasya Jagirdhar | 10/1/2013

    " Fast and exciting. I wouldn't say it leaves you gasping at every page-turn, but the turn of events really does pique your interest. I was up till 2AM to finish the book from the second half. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary Beth Laychak | 7/22/2013

    " As I've mentioned in other Follett reviews, I think he's at his best writing historical fiction. Like the Third Twin, it takes place in modern times and the story is just not a compelling for me. All the action takes place over the course of one night and just seems contrived. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 7/20/2013

    " This was a good crime mystery. A quick read and entertaing. Not comparable to his Pillars of the Earth though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelly | 7/4/2013

    " I gave it ten pages and had to free myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Hassett | 5/23/2013

    " First book I've read by Ken Follett. Fast paced easy read. Tons of characters but the way he writes they were easy to keep track of. Will probably read more of his books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Edith | 2/1/2013

    " I thought this read like an airport novel, but a friend who's opinion I respect (JD) says he's a good author and I should try a few more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcy | 11/16/2012

    " I'm a huge Ken Follett fan but this sounded very different from his usual work. Glad I checked it out. It grabbed me from the beginning and I couldn't wait to see how it ended. I liked the fact it had a strong female heroine, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joann | 11/14/2012

    " This was so good, encouraged me to go back and read alll the Folletts... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leeann Bucklin | 11/5/2012

    " Suspense and thrilling...mystery. There was a movie made and it went along with the book...it was good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel | 9/1/2012

    " A raging blizzard in Scotland, a black-sheep son of a wealthy family, theft of a dangerous virus, and a sharp, beautiful director of security--it's all here in this story of intrique and dysfuntional families. The characters are believable and fun to meet; the action is quick. A good snowy day read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Braemer | 8/29/2012

    " Fantastic. One of the best books I've read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Danny Darke | 7/9/2012

    " Terribly regular, can't believe its follet "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Zimmel | 6/13/2012

    " I just finished another Ken Follett book. You'll love this one. I highly recommend it. It's classic Follett but that's hard to explain unless you've read anything else by him. I'll make sure to post the others that I've read as well. But this is the most recent and I know you'll like it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 2/24/2012

    " Fast paced with the right amount of tension, a quick read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 8/26/2011

    " It was suspenseful and full of crazy twists and turns. Kept me reading late into the night and I thoroughly enjoyed every page of it. Ken Follett is quickly turning into one of my favorite authors. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aileen | 7/4/2011

    " This book was ok, I didn't think I would read anything else by this author except that The Pillars of the Earth keeps coming up on nearly all of my recommended reading lists, so I'll probably give it a shot someday. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Audio Book. It was a pretty good book. Toni is an ex-cop who is now in charge of a biomedical research companies security. In the book in a matter of 2 days she has 2 security breaks. One was an animal lover that worked for the company, he took out an "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barb | 5/3/2011

    " I only got to the 5th chapter or so. I couldn't get into it. Plus, the use of swear words, just to profane does not equate good writing to me. I can tolerate that when it is part of the person's character as in the dad in The Glass Castle. I won't be trying out any of Follett's other novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 5/3/2011

    " Deadly virus stolen from a research lab, family intrigue, plot twists, and a massive blizzard combine to make an exciting read. A little bit of gratuitous kinky sex thrown in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elda | 5/3/2011

    " This is a good read if you want to forget your surroundings. I got totally absorbed in the story-line. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frank | 5/2/2011

    " The only Ken Follett book I was dissappointed with "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Goncalo | 4/28/2011

    " Excellent thriller! Everything happens in 2 days :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 4/28/2011

    " Hmmm . . . I like his historical fiction so much better. This plot was kind of weak and the "wrap up" chapter at the end was lame. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joel | 3/26/2011

    " Given to me by a friends dad.... the kind of book you read while flying from NYC to LA and finish over the midwest somewhere and wonder, why did I bother "

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About the Author
Author Ken Follett

Ken Follett burst into the book world with Eye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller and international bestseller. After several more successful thrillers, he surprised everyone with The Pillars of the Earth and its long-awaited sequel, World without End, a national and international bestseller. Follett’s magnificent historical epic, the Century trilogy, opened with the bestselling Fall of Giants. He lives in England with his wife, Barbara.

About the Narrator

Josephine Bailey’s impeccable narrations include the British classics Jane Eyre and The Secret Garden. She has also used her subtly nuanced style to enliven historical fiction and light romances. She has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.