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I bought this CD to listen to on a long plane flight, and I didn't regret it, although I admit I'm not much of a fan of thrillers. To me, Follett's prose and plotting both seem very workmanlike; but perhaps that's appropriate when all you want is an brisk, exciting story, with motivations and events simply and clearly conveyed. I can say I was never bored, and that had a lot to do with David Tennant's reading - largely in his own accent, appropriately, given the story's Scottish setting. I particularly admired Tennant's ability to assume different voices as necessary, from deep, gruff men through teenagers to breathy young women ("Time for a wee shag?"); he gave the characters a believability I suspect they might lack in print. There were a few loose threads which never quite got tied up, too - but to be fair, some of these flaws could be the result of abridgement. I will give Follett marks for a strong female protagonist whose strength lies in her intelligence and professionalism, rather than in how fiesty and busty she is. She even gets the guy!
Jealousies, distrust , and hidden rivalries uncover dark secrets, then a dozen vials of a deadly virus go missing. As a blizzard whips out of 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 laid under siege by the elements, the emotional sparks crackle and dark secrets are revealed that threaten to drive Stanley and his family apart for ever. Filled with startling twists, "Whiteout" is the ultimate knife-edge drama from an international bestselling author who is in a class by himself.