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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,971 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Don Winslow Narrator: Michael Kramer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this thriller by the award-winning successor to Ross Macdonald and Elmore Leonard, three young marijuana kingpins are blackmailed into working for the Baja Cartel after one of them is kidnapped.

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 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A revelation…Every bit as savage as its title…This is Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid on autoload.”

    Stephen King

  • Savages will jolt Mr. Winslow into a different league…Its wisecracks are so sharp, its characters so mega-cool and its storytelling so ferocious that the risks pay off, thanks especially to Mr. Winslow’s no-prisoners sense of humor…The Winslow effect is to fuse the grave and the playful, the body blow and the joke, the nightmare and the pipe dream.”

    New York Times

  • “Winslow’s marvelous, adrenaline-juiced roller coaster of a novel…is both a departure and a culmination, pyrotechnic braggadocio and deep meditation on contemporary American culture.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alyssa | 2/14/2014

    " totally dug this one. crazy intense story, but written with chill, nonchalant Laguna flow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karl Krogmann | 2/10/2014

    " Best novel I have read in three years. Period. The last 50 pages should be enshrined in some kind of Fiction Hall of Fame. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Christa | 1/16/2014

    " What dilutes the story are the weak characters. I never liked O. I didn't care if she lived or died. I never bought into the connection between Chon, Ben, and O so I found the ending puzzling. I should have skipped the book and watched the movie. At least that would have been over in 90 minutes and been more entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Merril Speck | 1/13/2014

    " Savages, to use the word coined by the author, has "baditude" - that is, a bad attitude. In the best possible sense. This is So Cal, sun drenched, neo-noir at its finest. Three pot growers get mixed up with a Mexican drug cartel. Carnage ensues. Heavily stylized and jargon heavey, it never takes its foot off the gas and barrels through its savagery at 110 MPH. It loses one star for a rushed ending. "

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