• Whirlwind

  • The X-Files, Book 2
  • By: Charles Grant
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (448 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Serial killers come in all shapes and sizes, but this one is particularly puzzling. There's no pattern to the mutilated bodies that have been showing up in Albuquerque: The victims have been both sexes and all races, ages, and ethnic groups. There is no evidence of rape or ritual. Only one thing connects the victims: They were the victims of a natural disaster - one of the most unnatural natural disasters imaginable - leading to a most painful, most certain, and most hideous death.

Mulder and Scully, FBI: the agency maverick and the female agent assigned to keep him in line. Their job is to investigate the eerie unsolved mysteries the Bureau wants handled quietly but quickly, before the public finds out what's really out there...and panics - the cases filed under "X".

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X Marks the Spot

I love anything X-Files, so I don't critique these stories too much. However I can get a dose of Mulder and Scully, I will take it. I finally got used to Patrick Lawlor's narration in this book. I found his voice rather grating in the last one. Of course the next book has a new narrator, so I'll have to readjust. Although I read this book many years ago, I didn't recall the storyline very well, so it was a pleasant listen.

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About the same as 'Goblins'

Same problems as what #1 'Goblins' had. Average story, bad impressions/narration in general rather than full cast, over-description. Hard to get through.

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Fun visit to the X-Files!

Good story and fun to go back into the world of the X-files.
Narration is well done and makes an enjoyable listen!

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Not a fan.

Didn’t like the story. Very slow pacing. Predictable. Patrick Lawlor was decent but didn’t have much to work with.

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Way too predictable

I really like the X Files but this particular story wasn't that great. It was too easy to discern the cause of the deaths, the only kinda surprise being the perpetrator, but that was just a 50/50 chance.

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4/5 Stars Whirlwind, The X-Files Book 2 by Charles Grant
Narrated by Patrick Lawlor
Run Time: 5 hrs and 42 mins
Summary:
Serial killers usually have a pattern, but this time, there’s seemingly no link between the victims. Male, female, young, old, human, and animal have been targeted. The method of the kill is highly unusual.

Additional Comments:
- Albuquerque, New Mexico has seen its share of unexplained events, but nothing quite like this.
- Mulder and Scully get sent to investigate. People don’t really seem to want to talk to them. Everything seems to lead back to some trinkets, but is there also a rational link as well?
- This one falls on the paranormal/ supernatural side of things. It’s still very good. Not sure these will ever fall in the wow, blew me away category because they’re meant to be oddball stories.
- Performance is strong.
- I’m surprised I like these stories so much because they’re not exactly action packed. There’s usually some action in the end, but it’s not non-stop. There’s a lot of setup.
- It’s weird that these were published in 2015. I think they stuck to the X-Files time frame so 1990’s. I mean there are cell phones, but not iPhones.

Conclusion:
Solid entry in a fun series.

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not sure about the ending

As with the story GOBLINS this very much feels like an episode that could have taken place in the early seasons of the x files. The story was pretty decent all the way through, except for the ending. I'm not too sure I like the ending very much. for the rest narrator is good for reading the story, but not so much for the characters. kinda hard at times to know who's talking.

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Good narrator, stupid story!

I want my hours back! I could have been listening to a good book! I like a good monster story, and I like a good detective story, both were going quite well right until the end! Lame!

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Filler episode

Pretty predictable plot. The only twist is who done it....and the pool of candidates is small. also, Scully seems a little off character.

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Feels like classic X-Files

Pretty nicley constructed. I could see this being an episode for sure. Wish this show were still on.

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  • BookWorm
  • 01-29-22

Why so horrible?

Unfortunately I am one of these people who grew up with X-Files and loved them, so again, unfortunately, I try to find books and such to feel that magic once more. This reading is definitely not what I was looking for. Very disappointed, I mean is there a part 2 I am not aware of or is it just a waste of time? Disappointed

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  • Lynda
  • 09-27-21

Good story, terrible narration.

I thought the story was reminiscent of the original X Files, and I listened because I loved the series so much, but the narrator is not good. He almost shouts, and is intrusive throughout. I would not have been happy if I had had to pay for this.

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  • Leon ohanlon
  • 09-10-21

It's just like an episode of the X-Files

A decent addition to the lore and world of the X-Files, not the best episode but definitely well crafted to keep the spirit of the characters.

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  • paul kemp
  • 07-02-15

What a way to ruin a story.....

What could Charles Grant have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He could have given it some true X-File feeling. There was nothing

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Yes, thoroughly. He had no feeling for the story, I could not get interested in the book and his voice really put me off, it was such a drag. You should be able to get a visual image from what the narrator is telling you... I got nothing ! I struggled on but wish I hadn't... It will be returned

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Total disappointment, I shall be cancelling the others from my wish list purely because of the narrator

Any additional comments?

I have been waiting for more X files books and what a let down these were. I have the original abridged versions on cassette, which I have transfered over. I shall continue to listen to them. Next time get a decent narrator......

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  • Annie
  • 09-21-21

The truth is out there!

If you enjoy a good x files yarn this is a fun one to listen to