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Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ken Follett

Narrated By: Josephine Bailey

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: January 2005

Duration: 12 hours 40 minutes


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 is 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 forever.


  • elise cronin

    i really enjoyed the book the narrator was great. suspensefull and good storyline especially relevant with other virus threats

  • The Colonel

    Not Follett's best. Very slow getting started. Story finally developed and the ending was great.

  • Anonymous

    The problem that I have with any book by Ken Follet is that the Pillars books were SO GREAT that the others I have tried just end up bland and hollow in comparison. This book was entertaining enough, if somewhat bland.

  • Marianne

    A fast paced book with great narration. Great twists and turns yet at times predictable. I highly recommend it.

  • Keith and Susan

    This book is one of those that makes you look forward to getting in the car to listen. You can't help but like the characters, and every twist has you wondering what will happen next. Only the romance was a bit hard to buy.

  • Shelby Ozosky

    I really enjoyed this book. It kept me wanting to listen to more. I thought the ending was just right, I have been in a situation like that before where you're not certain you like someone until unseen circumstances bring you together. I liked the ending. I would definitely re-rent this book.

  • Jeanne Peterson

    Excellent Book. A lot of action and I loved the reader. I'll purchase this one for my library. Will definitely want to listen to it again!!!

  • Laurajean

    This was a well constructed book with good plot twists. The narrator did a good job with the various Scottish and British accents. I highly recommend this book!

  • Laura

    Outstanding. Riveting story, well read. Hated when my commute was over.

  • Anonymous

    What a perfect read for commuters! While occasionally predictable, it was a total "page-turner" ~ I even carried the CDs between my car and home, so I wouldn't have to wait til the next day to find out what happened next!