I read Dog and Cartel... fantastic in their own right! This story exhibits Winslow's writing talent... the pacing of the other two stories compared to this one is very different. The short and clean chapters, quick to point, yet rich with detail... this story played like an action-packed movie in my mind. No wonder it was adapted to the big screen... now, to watch the movie.
Oh, and to read more Winslow!
Did not like the person reading it and the 160+ chapters really annoyed me. Don Winslow is an amazing writer( see power of the dog and cartel), but I felt this one lacked in details. The reader didn't translate the story well enough to keep my drawn to the story.
I really like the author and have listened to several of his books, but this one just does not work as an audiobook. There are 290 chapters, several of them just a few sentences long (and only two WORDS long in the case of the first chapter). It's just way too choppy with all the stops for the paragraphs and hard to stay in the story.
What were the numbers all about before every thought? I kept hoping the book would get better, but it never did. I was glad to be done with it and felt the time spent was a waste. Can't imagine why people like this.
Make it a little more plausible. The excessive use of chapter breaks was distracting and didn't add to the listening experience.
I've listened to most of Mr. Winslow's books. The books centered around surfing and beach life are my favorites. The Cartel was excellent however Savages was just not that good IMHO.
Savages is cinematic and the action just drives. Very enjoyable. Lot of explicit sex so don't listen near the children.
I love Don Winslow but this story got on my nerves a little bit the way it was written "like sooo Cali-esque." I also went mad that the narrator kept mispronouncing every Spanish word. I mean was there not one Hispanic person on staff when he was recording it to say "um sir the word guerra or guerro is pronounced wera/wero not garah/garoh😣."
And I won't give up the ending but such an important word in such an amazing finale is not pronounced deedo!!! Aaaggghhh