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Whirlwind

The Asian Saga, Book 6
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Series: The Asian Saga, Book 6
Length: 52 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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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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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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  • Eirik Eriksen Heen
  • 11-07-2019

Recommended

Great book. It was at some times a little hard to follow the characters, since there so many of them

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  • Lopsey
  • 22-07-2016

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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  • John Greenwood
  • 24-05-2019

Stereotypes everywhere

I've read the previous books in this series and enjoyed them but this one was a battle. Too many characters so none really stood out and all the characters were very gender stereotypical to the point of making it predictable.

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  • Ian
  • 18-05-2019

Great story pity about the narrator

I thought the story was superb, intense and very pertinent to the time. Liked the way it had tied in other books in the series. My main gripe was the narrator who I felt was dire at Rome’s, his attempt at accents left a lot to be desired but apart from that definitely worth 5* for the story alone

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  • Harriet Morris
  • 03-04-2019

Another Great Story!

James Clavell has always been one of my very favourite authors. This story is complex and takes some getting used to because of the huge number of characters with unfamiliar names. However, in time, things really fall into place and persons and places become more acceptable to the ear. It is long but well worth trying.

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  • Aqasa Nu
  • 21-09-2018

A master piece

This is epic and greatly enhanced if you've read previous books in the saga. Worth the investment.

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  • a customer
  • 31-03-2018

A long listen but thoroughly worth it

The narration captured very clearly the captivating plot. I thought it much better than reading the book

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  • Jockette61
  • 01-02-2018

Whirlwind of a story!

I realised after starting that I hadn’t read this when it was first published, unlike all the other Asian Saga books, so it was all new. Great story, fast-paced, and many threads all coming together in a satisfactory way. Narration was much better than the last book (Gai Jin). Really sparked my interest in learning more about what had happened in Iran at that time. Recommended!

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  • Ivan
  • 10-01-2018

Long long book but worth it in the end

Lots of mini actions linked to the main story, even more so that in the previous books of the series. So much so that it was difficult to follow unless you are super-concentrated. The last part tied it all together finally

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  • Solaire
  • 27-12-2017

An enjoyable yarn but not top-tier Clavell

This has all the usual Clavell tropes... a diverse and engaging cast of characters, plenty of inner monologue, multiple sub-plots and an over-arching main plot that takes time to reveal itself. I really liked it, and thought the use of helicopter pilots gave an interesting way into the story.

The narrator is very good and brings the characters to life.

While not in the class of Shogun or Tai-Pan, this is comfortably better than Gai-Jin. Overall... recommended!

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  • Mick'sMoll
  • 09-12-2016

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.