I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^
"There is nothing so small that it does not save its life if it has the courage to defend itself against those who would lay hand on it." - Brasidas of Sparta, quoted by Plutarch.
Perhaps, one star for the story, one star for Don Winslow (I really, really liked The Cartel, The Power of the Dog, and The Winter of Frankie Machine), one star for its boldness, etc., but I'd almost like to remove a star for the awful sex writing. I'll leave it at 3-stars because almost no one can write about sex well, but if you are going to wade into threesomes with two guys and a gal, well, you better have your pound-prose (nasty-narrative, shag-slang, bone-brogue?).
Granted, we can't all be Joyce, Chopin, or Lawrence, but ugh.
Anyway, this might just be a book that is made better by Oliver Stone. Dear GOD, did I just write that? I don't know. It feels like there is a place near the border where even Cormac McCarthy shouldn't write about drugs and sex (see The Counselor: A Screenplay).
Anyway, if you haven't read any Don Winslow, I would go read his better books first.
This book has been really well reviewed and I was anxious to hear it. I typically enjoy Winslow, but someone has convinced him he is a lot more clever than he is. Predictable plot with characters that you could care less about - but the worst part is Winslow's insistence on trying to make clever barbs about people, places and events that fall flat and after awhile just become annoying. Check out Winslow if you haven't, but skip this one.
Really enjoyed the characters. They were well developed. Very easy to listen to. The story was a crazy, wild ride and will keep your attention. The narrator really pulled you in and made the story good.
there was always something happening and the narrator has a great voice
no extreme reaction, but there were some very sexual parts
Characters that did not warrant being hunted by a murderous drug cartel. Three hours in I was beginning to side with the bad guys.
I will be more careful with the author since he has shown he can go from absolutely excellent works, to something like this.
With the material, he did the best he could. His narration was what kept me listening as long as I did.
I would have handed it back to Mr. Winslow, and reminded him of the bar he set with The Power of the Dog, and The Winter of Frankie Machine.
It sounded like the writer was trying to sound
I dont really know wtf that was supposed to be...
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Look, I saw the trailer for the movie that???s getting made about this book and I was curious, so I bought it. What a huge mistake! I really tried to like this book, I really did, I let this travesty of the written word wage an all-out assault on my intellect for about 4:26:09 till I could finally take no more. It???s not that the author is terrible it???s just that all the characters are so damn DUMB, and spending time in their heads will only make you feel stupid! I know the author was going for deep nonconformists who could wow you with their insight. However, they just come off as annoying emo stoners, which will do anything to get back the even more annoying skinny white chic their both in love with. SAVE YOUR HARD
EARNED MONEY PEOPLE!!!
Read it! It's hot, it's raw, it's wild! ...in the beginning just pay attention to the characters they are telling you about and just get ready for the ride. It's a fun one!
A super fan of Don Winslow since I saw the movie Savages I didn't read this book right away but I wanted to see what else the author had. I started with Power of the Dog then The Cartel, The Winter of Frankie Machine, Dawn Patrol, California Fire and Life and Gentleman's Hour. After reading and absolutely LOVING all of those I finally decided to see how different the book was from the film and read(listened to) Savages. It was naturally more in depth than the film with a cooler ending. Compared to all the previous Winslow books I've read, Savages is almost Don's"Y.A." novel, if Y.A. novels had lots of graphic sex, drug use and violence of course. Meaning just that the other books seemed more adult in their characters and plots. Savages is more a young person's type of story, I would have sworn this book was the end all/be all had I read it as a late teen/early 20 something. It reads like most of my life back then actually and reading it reminds me of how lucky I am to have made it to 37yrs old. If you like sex, drugs and "Iraq and Roll" type Cartel-gangster s**t you're gonna F**k'n Love Savages!!!