Broken Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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“One of America’s greatest storytellers.” (Stephen King)
“Winslow, whose work includes a dozen of the finest crime novels written in the last 20 years, displays all of his strengths, including propulsive narration, compelling characters and a tight, staccato writing style, in Broken, a collection of six remarkable novellas.” (Bruce De Silva, Associated Press)
No matter how you come into this world, you come out broken....
In six intense short novels connected by the themes of crime, corruption, vengeance, justice, loss, betrayal, guilt, and redemption, Broken is number-one international best seller Don Winslow at his nerve-shattering, heart-stopping, heartbreaking best.
In Broken, he creates a world of high-level thieves and low-life crooks, obsessed cops struggling with life on and off the job, private detectives, dope dealers, bounty hunters, and fugitives, the lost souls driving without headlights through the dark night on the American criminal highway.
With his trademark blend of insight, humanity, humor, action, and the highest level of literary craftsmanship, Winslow delivers a collection of tales that will become classics of crime fiction.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 25 minutes|
|Narrator||Ray Porter, Kaleo Griffith|
|Audible.ca Release Date||April 07 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #22,061 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#450 in Crime Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#8,240 in Crime Thrillers (Books)
Top reviews from Canada
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Don Winslow is a savvy, world-wise, intrepid observer who happens to possess the writes-like-a-dream gene. I should know, having read every one of his 18 novels since he started on his quest as a brilliant story and truth teller. They’re all fabulous.
One could not exaggerate the quality of the writing that Winslow displays in the six short stories comprising Broken. Each of them is like a polished diamond. They punch you in the gut, make you incredulous about the stupidity around us , and finally make you cry.
Get your copy of Broken as fast as you can. It’s a dynamite read.
This is a collection of some of his best characters interwoven into his separate stories and that makes each one story unique and yet familiar as its just like meeting a good friend after a long absence in that once you spend five minutes with them, it’s like you haven’t been apart at all!
I give “Broken” five stars and highly recommend it to any previous Don Winslow readers and to anyone who enjoys great captivating story lines, engaging characters and endings that are all real and believable!
Top reviews from other countries
The author reintroduces old characters from his previous books. Friendly characters (although they don't necessarily behave in a "friendly" way), caught up in new situations. A pleasure to remeet such gems from the past. It'll make me want to reread their histories.
Mr Winslow is writing with an economy of expression. Short paragraphs and fewer words move the stories along with bravura and style. I had to ration my reading. One story a day.......I failed.
They are written in the style of the same Don Winslow who wrote The Winter Of Frankie Machine, The Death and Life of Bobby Z, The Dawn Patrol, etc. They are all crime or thriller, but written in a quirky, witty, and very cool style. If you like Elmore Leonard, early Robert Crais, or George Pelecanos, you will love Don Winslow.
The first and last stories are more somber and grim. More reminiscent of his The Force and Cartel books. In fact the last story put me on a bit of a downer. And will probably be appreciated more by those in the USA who have experienced or live with the suffering of migrants along the US and Mexican border.
Overall, this was well worth the money. It revisits old characters and introduces some new ones. I thought at least four of the stories had enough plot and depth to have been the basis of a full novel in their own right. So Mr Winslow must have a real killer for his next book to discard these in an anthology. I can only wait in anticipation
Following that, in Broken Winslow is best where he breaks new ground: for me the two best novellas in Broken are Crime 101 and The San Diego Zoo.
Crime 101 is a pitch perfect work of (prose) style. The San Diego Zoo begins with a comedic Elmore Leonard feel, but gradually develops a special charm and an emotional sincerity that Leonard could never achieve.
The Last Ride and Broken (the novella) are just as good, really. The Last Ride echoes some powerful themes (albeit from a very different point of view) from Winslow's novel The Border; Broken often has a somewhat similar feel to The Force.
The novellas that revisit old characters (Sunset, and Paradise) are "only" enjoyable. And I wonder whether these two engaged Winslow himself a little less than the all-new material? In my Kindle edn. these two (and only these two) novellas contained minor mistakes/typos.
Finally, more than any other author I read, Winslow writes novels (or here novellas) that are pure reading pleasure from beginning to end. He can turn on prose style when he wants to, but the writing is always alive and adaptive, always in the service of the story and the characters.
As for Winslow's novels, read The Power of the Dog, The Winter of Frankie Machine, The Force, The Border (and others). All affecting, thrilling, insightful masterpieces.
The stories themselves are first class and I have particularly enjoyed the tip of the authors' hat to figures like Elmore Leonard and Steve McQueen within the style of the stories.
Can't wait for the author to write some more books.