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"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)
A brilliant story
I really can't think of anything else to compare it to. Winslow is one of a kind and I think this is his best, better than Dawn Patrol. Better than Power of the dog. I only wish it was longer. I really found his one word chapters interesting and amusing.
Michael Kramer is the perfect actor for this story. The way he read it portrayed the personalities of the characters perfectly. I've listened to it three times.
0ne. The story is simply entertaining. It's not great but it helped me get through my commute and work day.
Two. Michael Kramer's performance was fun, comedic, wry and soooo Laguna Beach.
Three. Winslow's writing style works for this tale.
Four. Short pause.
Five. I really don't care for the chapter markers. Question, this audiobook contained how many chapter markers?
Six. This is the end of my review.
Winslow's laces this thrill ride with edgy atmospherics and witty social commentary. His major and minor characters are all living dangerously in the San Diego - Mexico border drug scene. While I have not yet seen the Oliver Stone movie, it will have to be quite a trip to top this "page turner".
Meets the "Real Housewives of Orange County". I agree that the characters were not very likable or well developed, but they had their own unique appeal. The novel brings to mind the first time I saw that "reality" TV show. The characters are so awful you just cannot look away. It is fun to peek into something foreign and so far removed from most of our realities. I stuck with the book unlike the TV show. A much more enjoyable way to spend some time. I loved Winslow's pace and his prose.
This is my fourth Don Winslow book and he is amazing. He certainly has his finger on the culture of the "underbelly" of Southern California. He supplies us with a rich tapestry of life styles so different from our own. He knows the history of the area and weaves these interesting stories into his books. His sense of humor, including a large dose of sarcasm, always has me laughing out loud. His style has you not wanting to shut off the player.
I have never listened to an audiobook a second time, but might make an exception in the case of Savages--the narration was just so breath-takingly brilliant!
I can't imagine reading the book to myself with the imagination that Kramer obviously possessed.
Not one moment in particular, no.
I think people will either love this book or hate it. This is about a drug war, hostages, and going to the edge of the world for the ones you love. This is not a book for the "soccer mom" type. It is a sexy but very violent book. I loved this book. :)
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