I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
Walt Longmire is one of the most wonderful book characters ever. I'd love to have him as a neighbor and friend. George Guidall has done such an amazing job of giving voice to the big, gentle man. I don't know if this is my favorite book in the series - I like them all. If you have not listened to any of them, start at the beginning and go through them in order. They're each a chapter of Walt's big life.
If you ever need something to listen to in the car that will appeal to both men and women, this is the series. Everyone loves Walt. And really, George Guidall could read a phone book and I'd listen.
This is my first James Lee Burke book and the first one I've listened to in this series. It's a little odd to start listening to a series when it's already 19 books long, but I did it anyway. And, I'm really glad I did.
This review is really for people who are wondering if they should listen to this book without the background of the others. Short answer: YES! I found it a little hard to keep names straight in the beginning, so had to listen to the first part again. This is not a hardship. It's more time spent listening to Will Patton and that's a great thing. It's a little bit like walking into a room where there are a bunch of old friends already talking. You have to listen a while before you know who's who.
This is a beautifully written book with great, fleshed-out characters. The commentary about Louisiana and its culture is a bonus. It feels SO authentic. I'm a little jealous of the people who have known about Burke from the start. I'm very glad I know about him now.
The Sean Duffy "Troubles Trilogy" books have been incredibly engaging listens - this one exceptionally so. All three books share some elements that make this series unique:
First, the backdrop of Northern Ireland at the height of its conflicts is so different. I don't think I've ever encountered any writing that makes day-to-day life during that time any clearer. As with any good read, you come out of it knowing more than you did when you started. I'll never be an expert, but at least I have a little more understanding now.
Second, Sean Duffy is SO flawed and SO likable. Flawed characters are nothing new. But when an author can create one that you actually admire, it's really an accomplishment.
Third, these are never scripted books with conclusions all wrapped up like a present. The pacing is unexpected. Sometimes McKinty takes you down a path you had no idea would ever enter into the mix. And even when Sean Duffy succeeds, it's not a cinematic win. It's messy. Justice may be served, but it's not tidy.
Fourth, Gerard Doyle makes this work. If I had read these books in print, I never would have heard the voices quite the same way. He really puts you there and gives life to every character.
When you add all that together with the cultural references to the early 80s - music, Princess Di, Thatcher, strikers, politics, et al - the result is a lively, thoughtful series that's unusual and very well done.