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  • The Cartel Trilogy, Book 3
  • Written by: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 29 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (124 ratings)

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The Border

Written by: Don Winslow
Narrated by: Ray Porter
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NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY Washington Post • NPR • Financial TimesThe Guardian • Booklist • New Statesman • Daily Telegraph • Irish Times • Dallas Morning News • Sunday Times • New York Post

“A big, sprawling, ultimately stunning crime tableau.” – Janet Maslin, New York Times

“You can’t ask for more emotionally moving entertainment.” – Stephen King

“One of the best thriller writers on the planet.” – Esquire

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

What do you do when there are no borders? When the lines you thought existed simply vanish? How do you plant your feet to make a stand when you no longer know what side you’re on?

The war has come home.

For over forty 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, Adán 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 thirty 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.

A shattering tale of vengeance, violence, corruption, and justice, this last novel in Don Winslow’s magnificent, award-winning, internationally bestselling 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.

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

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I only have one question

this was great, but, why does Nora have a Spanish accent all of a sudden? weird, but small detail to overlook for a great story.

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So good

This series was absolutely phenomenal. While it can come off as a little preachy, specifically with the introduction of the fictitious celebrity game show host turned politician decrying ‘witch-hunts’, it is a beautifully narrated depiction of the cartels and the war on drugs.

Thank you Don Winslow for the brutal, and beautiful journey down this path. And thanks to the goat, Ray Porter for making this come to life so vividly.

Ps, Ray Porter is the best.

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Stunning Achievement

Winslow’s three books in this “trilogy” are a the equivalent to a full university course on the “drug war”. The author weaves his narrative so close to the facts on the ground that you might think you are listening to a documentary. There are few happy endings. Without revealing one strand, I am stunned that lawyers allowed it to get to print.

The performance is worth 6 stars on its own. You always know which character is speaking and Porter always has the right pace and feeling.

While The Border stands on its own, one should at least start with The Cartel.

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Cont' from the Cartel

I love Don Winslow's style in writing. Ray Porter's performance was another five star. It's only because I enjoy Winslow's style why I pushed through this book and 'The Cartel' before it.
This book is very rated R, so I find a lot of its content distasteful. But this is the dark world of the Sinaloas and the Los Zetas. And Winslow brings this world to life in his work. Now I know that Art Keller is anti-Trump. More than this, he's very left wing.

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Loved it! Great entertainment!

Absolutely loved how the story line mirrored some current true life issues. Thanks for a great listen. Have the whole trilogy and will definitely reread again in the near future. The narrarator rocks it!

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Brilliant, compelling and chilling!

The Border Trilogy is a masterpiece of the crime genre and Don Winslow a master of his craft, a storyteller extraordinaire. The audio series is exceptionally well produced, an amazing 60+ hours of fine listening.

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Disappointing conclusion to the trilogy

I found this the least engaging of the series by far. The rehash of 2016 was too detailed and monotonous. I think this could have been 25% shorter and more focused on the cartels. I share the same political views as Don but just couldn’t get engaged in his alternative version of 2016.

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Fantastic Read!

So real and so current. the reader is great....beautiful voice that conveys the imagery perfectly.

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The Final Chapter in the Trilogy

Don Winslow is among my favorite authors. The depth of his novels is unbelievable, his characters are so real, that you feel like you personally know some of them. Yes, there is lots of violence in his work, but it is a pure reflection of the world we live in.
About the narrator, well, what can I tell you about Ray Porter!?! He is one in a million. The audio trilogy simply wouldn't be the same without his voice and skill.
I have listened to " The Power of the Dog", "The Cartel" and "The Border" numerous times, and I will continue to do so you in the future.

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Ray Porter is excellent once more!

by far my favorite combinations: Ray Porter narrating a Don Winslow book. so much more entertaining than a movie could ever be!

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