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Publisher's Summary

The sixth book in James Clavell's epic Asian Saga tells the story of three weeks in Tehran in February 1979 - three weeks of passion, self-sacrifice, and heartbreak.
When the shah is thrown out of Iran, the nation's turmoil becomes world headlines. Caught in this shifting world of fanaticism, ambition, duplicity, and violent death are the foreign helicopter pilots who have been servicing the oil fields up and down the country. Their one objective is to make a bold, concerted escape to safety across the Gulf.
©2013 James Clavell (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By Lazmac on 07-22-16

Excellent Adaption

Would you listen to Whirlwind again? Why?

No, but only because its so long, its a great performance

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Gorgon Khan, as always there is an orchestra of bombastic characters and he was one of the best

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Hard to Choose, but I like the early scence setting set up which contrasts with the chaos of the revoloution later

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I've never stayed awake that long in my life

Any additional comments?

I read most of Cavell's books while backpacking as a youngster, but didn't finish this. It's hard to concentrate while working on something so long. A great read that does the story true justice

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By Mick'sMoll on 12-09-16

An exciting, nail nibbling adventure.

Would you listen to Whirlwind again? Why?

I will listen again to clarify the characters and their roles. It is a lengthy listen with numerous characters and relatively complex plot. A second listen will sort out a bit of confusion.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Whirlwind?

A nail biting escape from Iran, but it was not a moment it was frustratingly slow. I wanted to tell them they had to get a move on or they would be discovered. The suspense was brilliant.

Have you listened to any of Derek Perkins’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This was my first encounter with Derek Perkins. His performance was unquestionable. In fact I would not have continued with another less able reader. It took about 20 chapters before I became totally hooked and couldn't put the book down. I would have found it a hard book to read but Derek Perkins performance was compelling.

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By Phillip Dunn on 08-30-16

Whirlwind was a hard listen

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I loved the Asain Saga when I was younger and having now re-read or listened to books 1-5 I have no problem recommending them, but his 6th book just seemed to drag on and I found it a labour to finish. Go for books 1-5 (Shogun, Taipan, Gai-jin, King Rat and Noble House) and forget 6 (Whirlwind) and Escape which is just a cut down version of Whirlwind.

Has Whirlwind put you off other books in this genre?

No. But if you do read this definitely don't read Escape, it is a cut-down version of this novel with no new material.

Was Whirlwind worth the listening time?

I didn't think so. Loved Shogun, Taipan, Gai-jin, King Rat and Noble House but less so Whirlwind.

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