Escape

By James Clavell

Read by Derek Perkins

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Tehran, Iran 1979: Simmering religious tensions explode and the Shah is forced to flee. A British helicopter company faces bankruptcy if their copters are lost in the uprising. Tasked with saving as many of the helicopters as he can, Finnish pilot Erikki Yokkonen and his Iranian wife, Azadeh, become caught up in the political situation surrounding them. Threaded throughout Whirlwind is a moving love story, expertly told, and here allowed to stand on its own.

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Runtime

16h 52m

Release

03-15-16

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Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Action & Adventure

Runtime

16h 52m

Release

03-15-16

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Action & Adventure

Description

Tehran, Iran 1979: Simmering religious tensions explode and the Shah is forced to flee Iran. A British helicopter company—secretly owned by the Noble House of Hong Kong—with a fleet of helicopters registered in Iran faces bankruptcy if their copters are claimed or destroyed by the uprising. The pilots need to escape, but they’ve built lives in Iran, some even have families. Finnish pilot Erikki Yokkonen has married Azadeh, an Iranian woman of noble birth, whose family is caught up in the political situation exploding around them. Tasked with saving as many of the helicopters as he can and desperate to save his love, Erikki and Azadeh become caught up in the events around them.

Threaded throughout master storyteller James Clavell’s novel Whirlwind much like a shimmering strand of silk woven through an elaborate Persian carpet, is the love story of two people from different backgrounds. They have been brought together by a love stronger than either one, a love stronger than the revolutionary fires that burn all around them. A moving story, expertly told, unthreaded from the original masterwork, and allowed to stand on its own, brilliantly.

James Clavell

Author Biography

James Clavell (1921–1994) was a novelist, screenwriter, director, and World War II veteran and prisoner of war. He is best known for his epic Asian Saga novels, which launched with the 1962 bestseller King Rat, and their televised adaptations. He also wrote screenplays for such films as The Great Escape and The Fly, and was a writer, director, and producer on To Sir, with Love. His books Shōgun, Noble House, Tai-Pan, and Whirlwind were #1 New York Times bestsellers.

Derek Perkins

Narrator Biography

Derek Perkins is a professional narrator and voice actor. He has earned numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration, as well as numerous Society of Voice Arts nominations. AudioFile magazine named him a Best Voice consecutively in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Augmented by a knowledge of three foreign languages and a facility with accents, he has narrated numerous titles in a wide range of fiction and nonfiction genres.