- Audio Download
- Listening Length: 6 hours
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 2 May 2001
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ5A2C
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw Audio Download – Abridged
|New from||Used from|
Audio Download, Abridged
|Free with your Audible trial|
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
I particularly liked the way that Bowden took the time at the beginning of the book to explain the recent history of Colombia, and how Pablo came to grow up in such an incredibly violent country. It put everything into perspective for me as I read further into the book.
Mark Bowden touches on several sensitive areas in the book. For example, the premise that came to mean death for Pablo - that a civilised society cannot be seen to allow a man like him to live in such luxury. This meant that the American and Colombian governments co-operated closely to ensure that Escobar would not escape. It also meant that Ronnie Reagan had to bend several laws governing US involvement in another country's troubles, so that US intelligence officals could help track Escobar.
He very nearly did escape on several occasions, though. And this is what Bowden uses to keep you on the edge of your seat. You get a very real impression of just how powerful, resourceful and cruel Pablo was. And you also get a real feeling for how hopeless the job of the Colombian police was - with Pablo one step ahead of them all along.
There's even a twist of sorts - as Bowden explains the quirk of fortune that allows the police to catch him at last.
Superb book - well researched and well constructed to maintain the suspense.
It also describes the Colombian and US Govts attempts to bring him to justice and the time he spent in prison which was more of a five start hotel, run by his staff and even the prison guards were on his payroll. It also exposes the illegal, covert US operation (and the manipulation of several US laws) to bring Escobar to book, culminating in his assassination on 1992.
Escobar comes across as a very intelligent man, bit of a modern day Robin Hood to some extent and you are rooting for him at times until you realise the death and destruction he brought to the world.
A well researched book that is certainly worth a read.
The author provides a dispassionate assessment of both Escobar and the men, Columbian and American, who hunted him down. You are left to draw your own ethical conclusions - particularly in regards the vigilante group with close links to the Military who decide non-judicial action is the only way to get to Escobar, not to mention the playboy himself who has a decadent life style not disturbed by randomly killing anyone he disagrees with or who he believes poses a threat.
The only criticism I have of the book is it loses its way for some time in the middle of the story. It was something of a slog at times. Well worth persevering though. It's an important story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read. Read on back of watching Narcos on Netflix and wanting to know how story ended.Published 1 month ago by MrT
Great book. Got this after watching Narcos on Netflix. Interesting and well written and sets out the history of Columbia and the time and the horrible mixture of drug crime,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I wanted to read it all to make sure he was dead cos he looks like the bloke down the road!!Published 2 months ago by gloria price
Very interesting and well worth a read. Shocking how powerful and influential he became.Published 3 months ago by TripleA
Definitely worth a read. Escobar, through drug money practically ruled Columbia and this book looks at the state's capture of him. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Neil
What a book the best insider story behind the interference from so many forces in the US and Columbia. FascinatingPublished 5 months ago by Marianne Brown