The Border

The Cartel Trilogy, Book 3
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Series: Power of the Dog, Book 3
Length: 29 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (3,027 ratings)

Audible membership

$14.95 a month

Free with a 30-day trial
1 audiobook of your choice.
A monthly selection of Audible Originals.
$14.95 a month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $27.26

Buy for $27.26

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

The explosive, highly anticipated conclusion to the epic Cartel trilogy from the New York Times best-selling author of The Force

For over 40 years, Art Keller has been on the front lines of America's longest conflict: the War on Drugs. His obsession to defeat the world's most powerful, wealthy, and lethal kingpin - the godfather of the Sinaloa Cartel, Adan Barrera - has left him bloody and scarred, cost him people he loves, even taken a piece of his soul. 

Now Keller is elevated to the highest ranks of the DEA, only to find that in destroying one monster, he has created 30 more that are wreaking even more chaos and suffering in his beloved Mexico. But not just there. 

Barrera's final legacy is the heroin epidemic scourging America. Throwing himself into the gap to stem the deadly flow, Keller finds himself surrounded by enemies - men that want to kill him, politicians that want to destroy him, and worse, the unimaginable - an incoming administration that's in bed with the very drug traffickers that Keller is trying to bring down. 

Art Keller is at war with not only the cartels, but with his own government. And the long fight has taught him more than he ever imagined. Now, he learns the final lesson - there are no borders. 

In a story that moves from deserts south of the border to Wall Street, from the slums of Guatemala to the marbled corridors of Washington, DC, Winslow follows a new generation of narcos, the cops that fight them, the street traffickers, the addicts, the politicians, money-launderers, real estate moguls, and mere children fleeing the violence for the chance of a life in a new country. 

This last novel in Don Winslow's magnificent, award-winning, internationally best-selling trilogy is packed with unforgettable, drawn-from-the-headlines scenes. Shocking in its brutality, raw in its humanity, The Border is an unflinching portrait of modern America, a story of - and for - our time. 

A Crime Reads Pick of One of the Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2019

©2019 Don Winslow (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What listeners say about The Border

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2,294
  • 4 Stars
    424
  • 3 Stars
    141
  • 2 Stars
    77
  • 1 Stars
    91
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2,521
  • 4 Stars
    241
  • 3 Stars
    40
  • 2 Stars
    15
  • 1 Stars
    25
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2,084
  • 4 Stars
    399
  • 3 Stars
    151
  • 2 Stars
    83
  • 1 Stars
    118

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Obviously a Democrat wrote this

I enjoyed the entire series up until it started to be an anti-Trump book. The narration was great.

24 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Disappointing sloppy and rushed ending to the trilogy

I really enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy but this third one was a great departure on both style and substance. It felt rushed to capitalize on the current culture and the parallels to today was way too on the nose and felt extremely lazy. This is a unfortunate example of an attempt to gain socal brownie points at the sacrifice of his craft. This was a fairly long book that had many long involved story lines that never really went anywhere and were forced together in the final 15 minutes. Overall it just felt rushed to get out while the Mueller investigation was ongoing. Disappointing and unrecommended.

14 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Went Political

fifty pages in, book went political, somehow linking the current administration to drugs, and giving a pass to all the other administrations. So tired of politics getting into everthing. Its a shame because he had points to make, I just can't listen to the politcal crap.

13 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Huge Disappointment

Good beginning (10% Cartel related) with a deliberate drift into a million unrelated plot lines and characters (90% anti-trump, border caravan, child slavery.)
Hopefully there will be another book that actually follows the Adan Berrera stories.

26 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Wow! What a way to end a brilliant trilogy

Don Winslow is the best. In my experience, no one can craft a tale that spans 4 decades and a plethora of unique characters. He manages to gracefully write a novel that challenges your own moral compass while reminding us of the beauty this world can hold. Only Ray Porter could deliver this content effectively in audio form. Each character possesses their own story and personality and Ray manages to keep a 30 hour novel fresh and engaging. These two are a dynamic duo. Thanks for the journey you two.

17 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Excellent story-telling spoiled by partisanship

Winslow is a master story teller and this book, while not quite as good as the first 2 in the series, is very good. But whereas Winslow stuck his toes in paetisan politics in the first 2 stories, in this one he takes a canon ball in the deep end. "Denison" is Trump and all of the criticisms aimed at him by Democratic partisans are repeated word for word in this book - and they are even eggagerated. Furthermore, those against him are almost saintly in their opposition to "fascism." It is not enough to pretend that the other party's leader is Hitler, but he and his family have to be in bed with the leaders of Mexican drug cartels. This is whete Winslow lets down his readers. It is where he spoils a good story.

32 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Should have been better

I have been looking forward to this for so long, only to be force fed another politically slanted opinion disguised (very thinly) as a story. The cartel story line did not disappoint, and the arcs for the characters from the previous books are closed nicely. Ray Porter, as always, was amazing. He is still one of the best ever.

Where this book goes off the rails is with his blatant and biased political opinion on the special investigation into the current president. He crafts his own outcome to the special counsel's work, one that he undoubtedly shared with other leftists, and the belief that it would bring down the administration. Perhaps he should have waited until it was actually over rather than be so sure it was a silver bullet to bring down the man he so obviously hates.

It would have been far more palatable had the circumstances not been so overtly slanted and opinionated. We get it; People don't like Trump. We're tired of hearing it, and I am saddened to see such a fantastic series get hijacked by personal beliefs that were ultimately the guide post for the conclusion of the series.

14 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Spoiler Alert

This book is an excellent ending to a trilogy that I thoroughly enjoyed. I would rated it 5 starts (like I did the previous 2) had the writer’s apparent hate for Trump not been so evident that I feel it even diminished his writing ability. The hatred dominate the storyline at some points in the book. I felt like this and I am not American, and only follow American politics insofar as it amuses me. I can imagine that if you do not share his hatred of Donald Trump, this book might irritate you

24 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A worthy ending to this gritty trilogy.

Time will not permit a full review. The Border features Winslow’s remarkable ability to introduce new characters while making me care deeply about them. I loved them all. Cared for them. Wept over them. Triumph with them.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Thank you Don Winslow!! These characters have been brought to life not only by your incredible words but by

Ray Porter’s spectacular narration. Art Keller has fought the war on drugs with bravery and honesty- in his own way. And while yes, the story is extremely biased, some may say, I say it’s TRUTH. And the truth hurts. Nico’s story broke my heart, finally putting a face on those children who sit in detention centers waiting for a chance to live in peace and possible happiness. It broke my heart to hear how he came to America and the truth that was his life. And he was one of the lucky ones. I wish I could have learned what happened to him

4 people found this helpful