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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,440 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Don Winslow Narrator: Holter Graham Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Published to coincide with the release of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone’s major film of Savages from Universal Pictures in July 2012—starring John Travolta, Blake Lively, Benecio Del Toro, Uma Thurman, Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, and Salma Hayek—this is the much-anticipated prequel to Don Winslow’s acclaimed New York Times bestseller.

In Savages, Don Winslow introduced Ben and Chon, twentysomething best friends who risk everything to save the girl they both love, O. Among the most celebrated literary thrillers in recent memory, Savages was a Top 10 Book of 2010 selection by Janet Maslin in The New York Times and Stephen King in Entertainment Weekly as well as Sarah Weinman in the Los Angeles Times and publications around the world.

Now, in his high-octane prequel, Winslow reaches back in time to tell the story of how Ben, Chon, and O became the people they are. Spanning from 1960s Southern California to the recent past, it is a tale of family in all its forms—fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, friends and lovers. As the younger generation does battle with a cabal of drug dealers and crooked cops, they come to learn that their future is inextricably linked with their parents’ history. A series of breakneck twists and turns puts the two generations on a collision course, culminating in a stunning showdown that will ultimately force Ben, Chon, and O to choose between their real families and their love for each other.

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  • New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matthew | 2/18/2014

    " Definitely liked Savages a lot more, but this was still a lot of fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Benoit Lelievre | 2/10/2014

    " Writing a sequel (well, prequel. Whatever. It's not important in this case) to SAVAGES was somewhat of an impossible task. THE KINGS OF COOL doesn't live up to its predecessor (far from it), but it's still a very good book. Going back to Ben, Chon and O was so cool. Their little world, their interactions, the way they do business. Good characters are like old friends. No matter how long you spend apart, they are always so much fun. There are inconsistancies between the timelines. The parents story doesn't work all too well, but obverall I was just happy to be with the heroes of SAVAGES again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tom | 1/26/2014

    " This is a little complicated to write about. It's kind of about family, and the 60s and now and drugs, Bush, Reagan, drugs, drugs, the Mexican cartel, Laguna Beach. It's very cool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lynnanne | 1/22/2014

    " Awesome!! Though not as good as the perfection that was Savages, KOC was still a great book. "

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