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
No. I've heard it.
This reads very visually so it is nice to listen to while driving. Not great "literature", but it is compelling.
Yes. It's a compelling story with well-drawn characters and a sprawling feel to it.
Yes. I listened to GALVESTON, in which he was sensational, and that was what led me to SAVAGES.
The prose in this book is very different. Very staccato. And Kramer handles it with ease, bringing it to the listener's ears in a smooth fashion.
In the best tradition of Don Winslow, Savages is a brutal story of drugs, pure love, purer hatred, power, corruption. The narration brought out the best of Winslow's style in a way I may not have been able to as a reader.
Love to listen to and read my favorite genres.
I say that headline in a good way. It is a rough cut story, brutal and not pretty. The title sums it up. Savages.
Take a nice quiet little town like Laguna Beach, add a pair of drug dealers who grow their own strains of premium weed, toss in a sex nympho who shares the two dealers, and a Mexican drug cartel led by a very strong character woman... You get Savages.
This story is not for those folks offended by straight talk, by blunt talk, by raunchy sex, murder or people who are getting high. It is not for people who cannot handle trash talk against John Wayne, Republicans, Democrats, the government in general.
Michael Kramer reads this story as if it were written just for him to read. His rich deep voice gives the characters life.
This book takes place in Orange County, CA and since I used to live in Irvine, I enjoyed all of the author's detailed references about the places and people.
I liked the book in spite of a few implausible scenes, but found the end to be disappointing. It was like the author ran out of ideas.
He portrays the protagonists as sharp and capable all the way through the book, but then has them knowingly give up at the end, in spite of being in a position of possibly succeeding.
It was reasonably engaging and "page-turner". I just don't think it offered any insight whatsoever into the cartel/US drug game. Never really cracked the surface and focused too much on sex.
The narrator did just fine I only think the material was "nothing special"
This author likes to pull random words from a dictionary and add them to sentences. Some chapters said absolutely nothing.
I stopped when I heard a chapter of nothing but stores named in alphabetical order.
The reader sounds like he doesn't want to read this book to the listeners and after hearing 60 chapters and nothing good has happened, I can't say I blame him.
This is only possibly the 3rd or 4th book I've ever stopped listening to midway through and don't plan on picking it up again. I'll watch the movie and be done with it.
His sex scenes are laughibly childish. He probably wrote them when he was 13. They added nothing to the book.