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Savages Audiobook

Savages: A Novel

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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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    Carol Riedel 03-21-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Don't bother"

    Nothing but porn, I recommend that you not waste a penny on it or a credit.

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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.

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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.

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    George Lichman Cleveland, Ohio 06-25-15
    George Lichman 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.

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    Angela C Southern CA 06-02-14
    Angela C Southern CA 06-02-14

    Love to listen to and read my favorite 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.

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    Steven Torrance, CA, United States 06-14-13
    Steven Torrance, CA, United States 06-14-13
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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.

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    Robert San Francisco, CA, United States 10-08-12
    Robert San Francisco, CA, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2016
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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"


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    Mimi 09-24-12
    Mimi 09-24-12 Member Since 2015
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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.


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    Dennis Chino Hills, CA, United States 08-29-12
    Dennis Chino Hills, CA, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2007
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    "One of my all time favorite listens!!"
    If you could sum up Savages in three words, what would they be?

    A brilliant story


    What other book might you compare Savages to and why?

    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.


    What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    Vee Cel Bronx, NY 08-18-12
    Vee Cel Bronx, NY 08-18-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining"

    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.

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