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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: May 2012 ISBN: 9781452677798
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Savages is full of wild-card moves.... Its wisecracks are so sharp, its characters so mega-cool and its storytelling so ferocious...thanks especially to Mr. Winslow's no-prisoners sense of humor. Janet Maslin, The New York Times
  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 1/8/2014

    " Someone who likes books about drug dealers and violent crime and stuff will probably be all about this book, but it was not for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leesa | 12/31/2013

    " LOVED IT. reminded me of alex garland/the beach. i also really loved the SoCal slang and the super-short sections. stoked to read the prequel. (i also prettymuch love any/every story abt one women and two men. look idk.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 12/4/2013

    " Quick read nothing earthshaking. Take a weekend to read this and then read the far superior Power of the Dog "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 11/25/2013

    " Quite raw, but I really enjoyed this read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Castle | 11/20/2013

    " An incredibly cool, hip style of writing. Hands down, best opening chapter ever! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Hamilton | 11/11/2013

    " A fast read and thoroughly engrossing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ari | 10/18/2013

    " The movie looked kinda silly but this was actually really good. Sort of a light read on a dark topic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Ould | 9/17/2013

    " Loved it. Kind of a unique writing style but was a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shanna | 7/8/2013

    " 3 1/2 stars. This is a fun, summer read. I read Dawn Patrol last summer and enjoyed it as well. Don Winslow writes a fast moving and entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 5/8/2013

    " I actually quite enjoyed this book, despite the writing style (which would normally annoy me) and the extreme situations, it was actually quite entertaining. Good pace, easy to read, characters you cared about. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Justine | 4/18/2013

    " Awful. It is so lingo-y and brash. It felt completely hollow, like the words were purely there for shock value. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mabel Jane | 3/10/2013

    " This book is absolutely beautiful. The way it was written, jumpy all over the damn place, is perfect. The characters all have flow and meaning. I loved it. I'm going to have to go out and read the rest of his books, in the hopes of finding a few more fictional people I love in this world :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie-renee | 2/12/2013

    " Different kind of writing. Fast paced, very hard to put down. Hard to get into at first but then very hard to put down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colt Covington | 1/13/2013

    " Quick read. Some funny dialogue. A bit graphic. Dare I say, a little savage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/12/2012

    " WOW REALLY GOOD.O is so lucky to have Ben and Chon "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 AZLB | 11/15/2011

    " Love it and found out there is a movie ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 6/15/2011

    " Liked this book, but violent for me. Can't imagine the movie scenes. Enjoyed the main characters dynamics. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Al | 5/18/2011

    " More potential as a film (coming soon from Oliver Stone) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 5/17/2011

    " The California-Mexican border is a war zone, and there is no reporter more vivid than Winslow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 5/14/2011

    " Brutal fun. I'm, starting ont he rest of the Don Winslow canon now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel | 5/3/2011

    " Hands down, one of the best novels I've read this year! From the first chapter - all of two words - till the last page, you won't stop marveling at what Don Winslow has done with this book. If you like saying "Holy crap!" every few pages, this book is for you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 4/29/2011

    " Just fantastic, was so sad when it ended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pranjal | 4/15/2011

    " One of the best audio books I have ever heard. The narrator is an absolute talent. Keeps you suspended in tension and wit! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 4/12/2011

    " Winslow tries very hard to be James Ellroy, but he can't quite get there all the way. I'm okay with that; there needs to be more people copying Ellroy than, say, James Patterson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 4/7/2011

    "
    Savagely violent, more like it.

    Good stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 4/6/2011

    " Just catching up with Winslow, which is kind of embarassing. This is a great crime thriller. Terrific characters, lightning-fast plot, violent and funny. Hints of Ellroy, who blurbs, to the writing styel. Oliver Stone is doing the film adaptation. Could be killer if he casts it right.
    "

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About the Author
Author Don Winslow

Don Winslow is the author of nineteen, award-winning, international bestsellers—including the #1 international bestseller The Cartel, The Power of the Dog, Savages and The Winter of Frankie Machine. Savages was made into a critically acclaimed film by three-time Oscar winner Oliver Stone. The Cartel is scheduled to begin production next year by master filmmaker Ridley Scott and 20th Century Fox. A former investigator, anti-terrorist trainer, and trial consultant, Winslow lives in California.

About the Narrator

Michael Kramer has narrated many audiobooks over the last twenty years; his favorite authors include Donald E. Westlake, Thomas Perry, and Robert Jordan. He has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards for his work. He lives in the DC area, where he also works in theater as an actor and director.