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Savages Audiobook

Savages: A Novel

Part-time environmentalist and philanthropist Ben and his ex-mercenary buddy Chon run an independent Laguna Beach–based marijuana operation, reaping significant profits from an established clientele. But they may have come up against something that they can't handle---the Mexican Baja Cartel wants in, and saying no is unacceptable. When they refuse to back down, the cartel kidnaps Ophelia, the boys' playmate and confidante.
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Publisher's Summary

Part-time environmentalist and philanthropist Ben and his ex-mercenary buddy Chon run an independent Laguna Beach–based marijuana operation, reaping significant profits from an established clientele. But they may have come up against something that they can't handle---the Mexican Baja Cartel wants in, and saying no is unacceptable. When they refuse to back down, the cartel kidnaps Ophelia, the boys' playmate and confidante. O's abduction sets off a dizzying array of ingenious negotiations and gripping plot twists that will captivate listeners eager to learn the costs of freedom and the price of an amazing high.

©2010 Samburu, Inc. (P)2010 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A spellbinding, tour de force that is utterly impossible to put down. Savages is, bar none, the finest novel I have read in years." (Christopher Reich, author of Rules of Deception)

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    Jason 07-23-10
    Jason 07-23-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Underwhelmed"

    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.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 02-08-16
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 02-08-16

    But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - J.D. Salinger ^(;,;)^

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    "Prose like a shotgun"

    "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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie 07-30-12
    Leslie 07-30-12
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    "very entertaining"
    What made the experience of listening to Savages the most enjoyable?

    there was always something happening and the narrator has a great voice


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no extreme reaction, but there were some very sexual parts


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Louis Scott Pasadena, Ca United States 04-30-12
    Louis Scott Pasadena, Ca United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Dissappointing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Characters that did not warrant being hunted by a murderous drug cartel. Three hours in I was beginning to side with the bad guys.


    Has Savages turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will be more careful with the author since he has shown he can go from absolutely excellent works, to something like this.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    With the material, he did the best he could. His narration was what kept me listening as long as I did.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Savages?

    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.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Dawson city, Yukon, Canada 02-19-12
    Mike Dawson city, Yukon, Canada 02-19-12 Member Since 2015
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    "WTF???"
    What was most disappointing about Don Winslow’s story?

    It sounded like the writer was trying to sound


    Any additional comments?

    I dont really know wtf that was supposed to be...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    DJM San Francisco, Ca USA 07-21-10
    DJM San Francisco, Ca USA 07-21-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Yawn!"

    Sophomoric. A heroine copied from Stieg Larsson. Trite SoCal dialogue and plot.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 05-10-12
    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2009

    Hi, I'm an alumi of NYU and I'm also huge into MMA. I love books I read a lot and review the stand outs. I'll give you guys the goods.

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    "SAVAGES!... Should have been called DOUCHBAGS !"

    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!!!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Middleton 08-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Compelling"
    Would you listen to Savages again? Why?

    No. I've heard it.


    Any additional comments?

    This reads very visually so it is nice to listen to while driving. Not great "literature", but it is compelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Dennis Key West 08-02-15
    Mike Dennis Key West 08-02-15
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    "Outstanding narration carries the day"
    Would you listen to Savages again? Why?

    Yes. It's a compelling story with well-drawn characters and a sprawling feel to it.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I listened to GALVESTON, in which he was sensational, and that was what led me to SAVAGES.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Cleveland, Ohio 06-25-15
    Amazon Customer Cleveland, Ohio 06-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent story, better narration"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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