I'm sure there a word for it, that feeling when you get to the end of this book. You've been on a journey on unexpected consequences. As the end approaches, you wonder, and think you maybe know, whats gonna happen. I could have stayed with the story for another 10 hours, but at then, that's not how things work.
This one is going to my favorites library. In a few months i'll listen to it again, jut to figure out what I missed.
I tried Frankie Machine having been utterly gripped by Don Winslow's book: The Power of the Dog. This book started off slowly. I'm not sure whether this was because I listened to it having just read The Power of the Dog. It took me a while to get into it but once I did, I enjoyed it. There was a compelling balance between switching from present to past, filling in how Frankie got into the predicament he was now in. Some humor mixed in with the typical mob violence. Nonetheless a good book, worth the read....even if it was not as compelling as the power of the dog.
I liked this story because it was fast moving, and had flawed characters that were interesting.
Great crime story.
Absolutely the Best. Where has this novel been hiding all my life. Winslow has given it all to us in Frannkie the Machine, you won't put your Ipod down and you might not even loose some sleep until you've finished.
Consider yourself dully warned.
ENJOY!!! PS You owe it to yourself to get The power of the Dog, after you finish this one!
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Like mob drenched stuff? Enjoy the one where the bad guys pick on the wrong guy? Like tough dialogue, laugh-out-loud change of pace? Howzabout heart-string tugging, things-looking-impossible-for--the-star crisis? It's all here in a Sopranos, Coreleone zupa of great writing.
It's important to know that Frank Machiano, the lead guy in this thing, was a retired mob hit man. No, that's not a spoiler... But unless you know that going in, you're likely to find the beginning inexplicably slow. Not to worry, Winslow reveals that fact early on, but fortunately the Audible blurb did it up front.
Dennis Boutsikaris is an terrific actor keeping the cast separate, handling tension with the skill of sensitive juggler, and delivering Don Winslow's tale with a lot more power than my imagination would have, had I chosen to read, rather than listen to "Frankie Machine."
FIFTEEN STARS! Without reservation. Heck, I'd give this book 100.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
Oh my gosh! This is a great listen! Dennis Boutsikaris performs beautifully, and the story line is engaging, thrilling, shocking, and so much fun! This is NOT just a police procedural, court drama, murder mystery, or any other regular genre that usually appears in "Mysteries and Thrillers." It is all of those things and more, knitted together skillfully by Don Winslow, as Frankie Machine tells a great story about his life in the San Diego mob.
There is course language, violence and sexual commentary, but all that is just part of the pie, part of the life experience of the great Frankie Machine.
Reading, the arts and physical activity clarify, explain, illustrate, and interpret life’s goods and bads.
Truly in the tradition of a Raymond Chandler novel on Philip Marlowe - remember Humphrey Bogart. Knock your socks off and get into the story. The character, and the plot move you along nicely. It goes beyond just a good read too. The book gives you an understanding of what the world of being a mafia lieutenant was actually like. Not quite the Soprano legend.
Don't let the dinky title or book jacket discourage you. It's better than those emblematic representations.
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
I don't know how I've missed author Don Winslow and his So Cal Surf Scene novels but I'm glad I found him. This rather strangely plotted book tells the story of a retired mafia hit man known as Frankie Machine who would rather stay retired from his hit man job and focus on early morning surfing, his bait shop on the pier and as fish supplier to 4&5 star restaurants.
Unfortunately Frankies Boss man has other ideas.
If you haven't read Don Winslow, I think this is a good book to start in with. I found Frankie to be a basic nice guy who is shoved into situation he'd rather avoid.
Worth the credit and your time.
The story didn't grab me and I didn't want to continue listening because of the bad language. Getting harder to find clean books.