This is my favorite of Winslow's. Don't care for anything that Oliver Stone thought he had to film (Savages). This one's fun and clever.
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.
This is an understated but GREAT story. Also a subtle and insightful look into the people who make up "organized crime".
I enjoyed this story all the way through, but I only realized how good it was after I finished it the first time. It kept coming back in flashbacks to this scene or that scene, as well as the overall mood and feel. Winslow says a lot without saying it all the way through the story, and for me, that's one of the marks of a good writer.
I've listened to "Winter" 3 times now and plan to listen to it again soon. I've also read all of Winslow's other books and keep watching for new ones. If the values of people who live on the edge bother you, this isn't a book for you. Otherwise, enjoy!
P.S. I don't know whether I'd put Don Winslow at the top of my favorite writers list, but he's close. Maybe other people would enjoy listening to these writers, too. Here's a short list:
Don Winslow (everything),
John Grisham (before Theodore Boone),
Peter Hamilton (complex and interesting hard sci fi),
Michael Crichton (books like "Prey" make learning fun and scary),
Nelson DeMille (especially "By The Rivers Of Babylon"),
Christopher Reich (especially "The Big Short"),
Greg Bear (long, complex, fun hard sci fi stories),
Alastair Reynolds (great hard sci fi),
Richard K Morgan (Altered Carbon trilogy and Thirteen. After that he seemed to lose it.)
Paolo Bacigalupi (Windup Girl, Ship Breaker, Pump Six etc). Paolo is great!
Michael Connelly (just about everything he's ever written).
Lee Child, Lincoln Child, & Ken Follett
Hope you find some authors here you enjoy. And hope I got my spelling right. :)
This book was entertaining enough if you like mafia stories. I am sure the author did his homework but something about the degrading and depersonalizing way women were referred to put me off big time. I felt that if I heard one more reference to an "amazing rack" I would scream. The narration was well-done and added to the enjoyability factor. I would rate the story as 3 1/2 stars overall.
audible fan :o)
Yes, i will listen to this again, enjoyed the narration of a nice story.
I felt that there were some plot holes, nothing that was too bad. The characters were very enjoyable and well brought to life here.
enjoyable use of my credit
This is my first Don Winslow Book. I've tried five different times to listen to it. Can't get more than two hours into it. It's boring. The ganster/hitman/main character talks like an old lady. He rambles on about nothing and constantly reminisces and beats you to death with minutiae like my 87 year old mother.
I don't even CARE what happens to him.
I wasted a credit. Don't make the same mistake.