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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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    Steph 01-05-17
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    "True to the title! If you like it dirty..."

    Read it! It's hot, it's raw, it's wild! ...in the beginning just pay attention to the characters they are telling you about and just get ready for the ride. It's a fun one!

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    Reno Virginia 12-28-16
    Reno Virginia 12-28-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Savage!"

    A super fan of Don Winslow since I saw the movie Savages I didn't read this book right away but I wanted to see what else the author had. I started with Power of the Dog then The Cartel, The Winter of Frankie Machine, Dawn Patrol, California Fire and Life and Gentleman's Hour. After reading and absolutely LOVING all of those I finally decided to see how different the book was from the film and read(listened to) Savages. It was naturally more in depth than the film with a cooler ending. Compared to all the previous Winslow books I've read, Savages is almost Don's"Y.A." novel, if Y.A. novels had lots of graphic sex, drug use and violence of course. Meaning just that the other books seemed more adult in their characters and plots. Savages is more a young person's type of story, I would have sworn this book was the end all/be all had I read it as a late teen/early 20 something. It reads like most of my life back then actually and reading it reminds me of how lucky I am to have made it to 37yrs old. If you like sex, drugs and "Iraq and Roll" type Cartel-gangster s**t you're gonna F**k'n Love Savages!!!

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    Alan C. Earing 11-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great"

    I read Dog and Cartel... fantastic in their own right! This story exhibits Winslow's writing talent... the pacing of the other two stories compared to this one is very different. The short and clean chapters, quick to point, yet rich with detail... this story played like an action-packed movie in my mind. No wonder it was adapted to the big screen... now, to watch the movie.

    Oh, and to read more Winslow!

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    Brandon 11-07-16
    Brandon 11-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Lacked from an amazing Writer"

    Did not like the person reading it and the 160+ chapters really annoyed me. Don Winslow is an amazing writer( see power of the dog and cartel), but I felt this one lacked in details. The reader didn't translate the story well enough to keep my drawn to the story.

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    JustAMommy Austin, Texas United States 11-07-16
    JustAMommy Austin, Texas United States 11-07-16 Member Since 2017
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    "This would probably be MUCH better read rather than listened to"

    I really like the author and have listened to several of his books, but this one just does not work as an audiobook. There are 290 chapters, several of them just a few sentences long (and only two WORDS long in the case of the first chapter). It's just way too choppy with all the stops for the paragraphs and hard to stay in the story.

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    Nancy Denver, CO, United States 11-02-16
    Nancy Denver, CO, United States 11-02-16
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    "Terrible read"

    What were the numbers all about before every thought? I kept hoping the book would get better, but it never did. I was glad to be done with it and felt the time spent was a waste. Can't imagine why people like this.

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    Davezz 10-17-16
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    "Not his best"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Make it a little more plausible. The excessive use of chapter breaks was distracting and didn't add to the listening experience.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to most of Mr. Winslow's books. The books centered around surfing and beach life are my favorites. The Cartel was excellent however Savages was just not that good IMHO.

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    Liz 09-18-16
    Liz 09-18-16 Member Since 2007
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    "exciting and interesting"
    Where does Savages rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Savages is cinematic and the action just drives. Very enjoyable. Lot of explicit sex so don't listen near the children.


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    Manoli 08-11-16
    Manoli 08-11-16
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    "Can never get enough."

    My now favorite author. I save his books for between other authors like we save dessert as a treat.

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    R 07-19-16
    R 07-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Learn to pronounce Spanish words!"

    I love Don Winslow but this story got on my nerves a little bit the way it was written "like sooo Cali-esque." I also went mad that the narrator kept mispronouncing every Spanish word. I mean was there not one Hispanic person on staff when he was recording it to say "um sir the word guerra or guerro is pronounced wera/wero not garah/garoh😣."
    And I won't give up the ending but such an important word in such an amazing finale is not pronounced deedo!!! Aaaggghhh

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