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Killing Pablo Audiobook

Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw

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Publisher's Summary

On July 22, 1992, Colombian druglord Pablo Escobar walked out of the luxurious prison he built for himself and disappeared into the Colombian jungle. His audacious escape destroyed the nation's tenuous cease-fire with its infamous narcos, and pushed it into open war with the Medellin drug cartel.

Over the coming days and weeks, the United States launched a joint military and intelligence operation with the Colombian government, assembling a team of expert personnel and an arsenal of state-of-the-art weaponry and surveillance technology the likes of which the world had never seen. Their mission: to track down Pablo.

But this time, they knew it would not be enough to just capture Escobar. This time, they would have to finish the job. This time, they were going to kill him.

©2001 Mark Bowden, All Rights Reserved; (P)2001 Simon & Schuster Inc.; AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A gripping investigation...fascinating." (Booklist)
"Bowden hits another home run..." (Publishers Weekly)
"A master of narrative journalism." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Blake Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 12-01-11
    Blake Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 12-01-11 Member Since 2017

    Dad, tech executive, frequent flyer and driver and avid audiobook listener. Follow me on Twitter at @blakesteck.

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    "Fantastic Detail Told From Multiple Perspectives"

    In my opinion this is Bowden's best work. His detail and research is unparalleled and the story itself couldn't be any more wild if it was fiction. Bowden offers a gripping look inside the many faces of Escobar, from the ruthless cartel boss that waged war on the Columbian state to the concerned family man who fought fiercely to keep his family safe.

    The wealth, violence and details are shocking and Bowden's ability to organize so many narratives and perspectives into a single, cohesive timeline makes for one of the best non-fiction titles I've ever read. Having both the audiobook and the paperback, the abridged audiobook doesn't exclude much. As for the audiobook, Bowden's delivery, often direct and with disregard for political correctness, exponentially improves the quality of the audiobook as you get the sense that the man who did the research is telling you a great campfire story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    W. straubhaar Reston, VA 04-13-09
    W. straubhaar Reston, VA 04-13-09 Member Since 2009

    Willy S.

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    "Fantastic history lesson"

    This was a fantastic delivery peppered with details about this famous narco boss. The author read the book effectively and never distracted me away from evolving time line. The book tries to reflect varying view points of the players present however, it definitely supports the views of U.S. operatives. I hope that the author considers writing a sequel documentary from additional interviews with still living members about their involvement.
    Overall, a great listen, highly recommend for those who want to know more about Pablo and his organization.

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    BJS 06-14-05
    BJS 06-14-05 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story. Well crafted."

    The author does a good job of weaving together the many moving parts that were involved with trying to bring Pablo Escobar to "justice." I like when authors read their own books, and this author does it fairly well. It was also interesting to see some current in-the-news names popping up in the roles they held 15 years ago.

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    Jason R. Wilmington, NC 10-13-03
    Jason R. Wilmington, NC 10-13-03 Listener Since 2003
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    "Worth a read"

    The story is inherently interesting- the rise and fall of one of the most successful, vicious criminals in world history. Bowden's a decent reader, though I would have liked to have gotten this story unabridged. Overall, a brisk, satisfying tale, though one you could get just as well through CNN or the History Channels adaptations.

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    clarinello 04-16-17
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    "Do not read with the book!!!"

    Does not follow the actual book word for word when published in 2002; skips paragraphs and even entire pages frequently throughout the entire book :(

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    antonio genthod, Switzerland 02-13-17
    antonio genthod, Switzerland 02-13-17 Member Since 2011

    A man's got to do what a man's got to do..

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    "Real life imitates art : Pablo Escobar"

    It is difficult to conceive a story were the bad guys challenge to authorities and take control of a country through intimidation and fear. Yet it is the real story of Pablo Escobar and of his acolytes that controlled Columbia for about twenty years.
    It is a very well written book by Mark Bowden, easy to read and packed with action, intrigues and passion. A fun reading !

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    Eric Ragland 01-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Listen"

    Loved it. i had wathed Narcos and I was interested to see if there were dramatic liberties taken with the series. it seems they were pretty close. the story itself was the drama.

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    Jend 09-13-16
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    "Good Book"

    well told story with lots of detail. more information than I expected. will recommend to others.

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    W. Burkhouse Washington D.C. 09-12-16
    W. Burkhouse Washington D.C. 09-12-16 Member Since 2013
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    "wish the full book was available"

    the abridged version is OK but would have perfered the full book instead. I wonder why it isn't available on Audible?

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    matt 09-04-16
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    "Too short"

    it was a great story but it was short. I hoping to hear more detail about all of the major players involved.

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