High voltage...set in the midst of the Mexican Drug Cartel wars. Though this is fiction...it's probably close to real life. Worth a listen!
This book was advertised as being 20 hours in length. It was closer to 2 hours. What a rip-off!
The narrator of this story was amazing--he was engaging, did a great job making the characters distinctive, and did several accents well. He also read in a way that matched the pace of the book. The story was action-filled, and also developed the characters well, and was very interesting throughout. I had a hard time turning it off!
It reminded me of "Traffic"-- both in the subject matter, and the way it follows a handful of characters--telling the story from each of their vantage points, and then pulls it all together.
No. BUT I WILL NOW. I thought he was fantastic, and am now a fan!
Yes! It's 20 hours worth of book, so I could not do that, but it was hard to stop listening to it.
This isn't typically a genre I read, I took a chance on it because it was a "daily special" and was happy I did--I'll be looking for more by this author and the narrator. It's got some pretty violent parts in it, which I don't typically like, but because the story and characters were so engaging, I was able to handle those parts.
I have read and loved James Lee Burke, Lee Child, John Sandford, Ken Follett, Michael Connelly and more. This is the best combination of a terrific and well thought out plot with multiple well-woven together characters - a perfect reader (a match for Will Patton if you can believe that). There wasn't one dull minute. Well researched with interesting history thrown in.
This book about the Mexican drug pipeline was so realistic and the narration so perfect for it that it's without a doubt in my top ten of all time list. I'm not sure offhand what the other nine are but this one is in it. It's so realistic that at times I wasn't sure how much of it was patterned directly off real life events. It was written in 2005 and predates the crank it up several notches violence of the zeta's era gangs. That's just fine. The brutality was always there. Only the numbers have changed in the last few years. The story ranges from Sinaloa to Hell's kitchen to Central America. This is my first review of an Audible book. I've listened to a couple hundred over the last few years and suddenly decided to start writing reviews. This is the first book that came to mind and I listened to it a few years ago. That should give you an idea of how highly I recommend this listen.
This was gritty, gripping and complex. Strong characters that grew over the course of the book. If this is not reflective of historical truth it sure as heck could be.
Audiobook-aholic and Podcast junky! An earbud is attached to my ear throughout my workday and when I'm working out! I admit, sometimes feel a little bit of guilt that I have easy access to enthralling, thought-provoking, and entertaining material that my circle of friends haven't discovered.
Historical, Intriguing, Informative
Savages and Kings of Cool. Because it dives deep into the Mexican cartel.
Great Narrator! There were a lot of characters in this book and he managed to keep them all straight and distinguishable.
No, wayyyy too long. I enjoyed taking my time with this. Sort of like watching a 13 episode tv show.
Don takes you THERE in the environment, in the minds of the characters, and in the timeline. I enjoyed this journey.
Listening while I run.
This is not a light read but it is engrossing and educational. Personally, I thought Ray Porter did an excellent job. It's hard to find a character that you like but all are multi-dimensional and exotic. This is my first Winslow book and I will do some research a try another one. It's not a feel good story but it is worth a credit.
I enjoy listening to great detective mysterie & also great thrillers. I enjoy books also by Vince Flynn, David Baldaci including assasins.
An eye opener!
Every bit of the story. I didn't want it to end. This story will stay with me. Some books you always will remember. This is one of them.
No this was the first and he was great.
A LITTLE of both.
Glad I listen to it and will again.
Beause of the cold-blooded violence and brutality, I almost stopped the book halfway through the first part. However, as the story unfolds and the characters develop, it was hard to not keep listening. It's a gripping, monumental story about the drug war with Mexican cartels, and it covers several decades. Winslow does an excellent job of weaving multiple story lines through different characters and it all blends together beautifully as it builds to an explosive ending. Also, Ray Porter does an excellent job on the narration. As we listen to most of our books in the car, his crisp, clear voice rises above road hum and traffic noise. He shifts between character accents effortlessly, which makes it easier to follow the story, especially with the female and many Spanish characters in the book. He is certainly one of the best readers at Audible. Highly recommend this book.