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.
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!
I liked this story because it was fast moving, and had flawed characters that were interesting.
Great crime story.
I was drawn to this story of an ex-hitman for the mob. I liked the novel from the start. Frankie, the retired hitman is funny and sympathetic. The story revolves around a plot to kill him, and then much of the novel is a flashback of Frankie's life. The present is much more interesting than the past, and even though I was 3/4 of the way through thus novel, I found I just didn't care enough to finish it. This was well written and narrated. It's a who-dunnit with a sense of humor. Just not for me.
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
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.
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
I can't give this book 5 stars because it's not quite in the same league as, say, "Winds of War." It's fiction, not literature. But, it is certainly near the top of the list for this genre.
I'm always amazed when an author can make me cheer for the bad guy. Don Winslow does that and more. Frankie is just a fabulous character. You can see him, hear him. I loved the life Winslow created for him. Not far into the book, I was already solidly in his camp. I heard myself say out loud, "Whack him, Frankie!" I knew right then I was hooked.
This is a well-crafted story with realistic dialogue, some shady characters and a great star. I never would have found it had it not been a daily deal. I'm glad I did.
* Let's clarify the headline: a boring car ride with ADULTS. This isn't the book you want for the trip to grandma's house with the kids.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
This was a good story surrounding a man who had gotten out of the mob and now has a normal productive life, a longtime girlfriend and a daughter who is going to be a doctor. I'm usually not draw to Mob type books but I found it easy to connected to the protagonist. "Frankie the Machine", retired.
When a contract is put out on his life he is pulled back in and is desperately trying to figure out the what and why of it all. He is forced to become Frankie the Machine again to kill before being killed and protect the people he loves. It is a wild ride through his past to help him dig through the corruption and find out why someone has so many people after him.
A good fast moving plot with some very entertaining wise guys. The narration by Dennis Boutsikaris was excellent and definitely added texture to the characters. He is now in my top ten list of narrators