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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)
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 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.
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".
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.
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