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Savages: A Novel | [Don Winslow]

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.

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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 Listener Since 2008
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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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    Leslie WASHINGTON, DC, United States 07-30-12
    Leslie WASHINGTON, DC, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2012
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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 2010
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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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    Doug Martin San Francisco, Ca USA 07-21-10
    Doug Martin San Francisco, Ca USA 07-21-10 Member Since 2007
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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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    RabbitAdoption Southern CA 06-02-14
    RabbitAdoption Southern CA 06-02-14 Member Since 2012

    I love to read, and have eclectic tastes. I enjoy reading and listening to books in a wide range of genres.

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    "Raunchy, filthy story, sure to offend everyone!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Torrance, CA, United States 06-14-13
    Steven Torrance, CA, United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great until the end."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert San Francisco, CA, United States 10-08-12
    Robert San Francisco, CA, United States 10-08-12
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    "It was ok if you like pulp nonsense"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mimi United States 09-24-12
    Mimi United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Stale story / annoyed reader"
    What disappointed you about Savages?

    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.


    What could Don Winslow have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    His sex scenes are laughibly childish. He probably wrote them when he was 13. They added nothing to the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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