I loved the main character. He was rough, but quoted Shakespeare. His Indian friend was interesting too--a girl-magnet, wise, and kind. American Indian mysticism is presented as part of the plot, but hey, this is a novel.
I didn't like the potty-mouth of the lady deputy. It's no fun having someone swearing like a sailor in your ear. I felt audibly assaulted.
Great story line. Loved the setting of western rural America. I was surprised at the end when I discovered who the perp was. Narrator did a good job with the different voices. All in all, a good listen.
I was not sure what to expect but it was easy to see the Characters on TV making their way through the story. Enjoyed this one a lot and it looks like I might be getting a few more.
I decided to start the Longmire series at #1 (we've been watching the TV show), and it was a good way to go. The plot takes us nicely into northern Wyoming and its cultural tensions, and introduces a complex character very subtly, although I think it gets a little over the top at times. It reminds me of the Hillerman novels in its Indian country/frontier setting. I like that Longmire isn't the driven, total basket case that so many fictional lone wolf law enforcement characters are (think Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta), barely able to function as their emotions overcome them. Walt is troubled and flawed, but he can do his job and do it well. George Guidall, who also narrates the Tony Hillerman and Alan Furst novels, is really good in this, nuancing every character, changing shape as necessary. This is a good listen, I recommend it.
Say something about yourself!
(...not really but Guidall is good) This was an okay story, some funny parts, some serious, but if not for Mr. Guidall I probably would not as liked it as much. He has a way of using his voice for all types of characters and he acts.
The story itself was interesting but predictable. I had it figured out rather early, of course not the getting there - but the finale was easy. The Ex-Veteran, sheriff Longmier of a large area of Wyoming area, snarky assistant, incompetent over-enthusiastic deputy (though he can keep his bullet), and small town attitudes makes up the cast of characters - along with the indispensable Cheyenne co-special forces "Tonto".
Up to you - I won't listen again.
Huge Vince Flynn fan. All of his books are highest rated for me. Also into Michael Connelly and the Bosch series. He is also a great writer.
Aside from that it had taken me 6 months to get thru it. the. story could hold my interest. Very long and dragged out.
Daniel Williams-Actor, Writer, TEDxABQ Speaker, Gunfighter, Filmmaker, Coach, & Father
WELCOME TO THE WALT LONGMIRE MYSTERY SERIES AND ABSAROKA COUNTY, WYOMING! Author Craig Johnson introduces Sheriff Walt Longmire, a man of honesty, integrity, and human frailty. Many readers, myself included, find in Walt Longmire a gentle hero whose commitment to justice and determination to protect others is offset by his own personal challenges. Walt's keen insight is revealed through his quick wit and and camouflaged by his patient manner.
If you're looking for a new series that will draw you into to a captivating world with engaging and satisfying stories which will whet your thirst for more, I'm honored to recommend THE COLD DISH, Book 1, in the Walt Longmire Mystery Series.
I'm now listening to the series for the second time, and am finding it even more engaging this time around.
The masterful narration by George Guidall is a perfect match for the first person storytelling by Walt's character.
Welcome to the world of Sheriff Walt Longmire, his best friend Henry Standing Bear, his daughter Cady Longmire, and his Under-Sheriff Victoria Moretti. And, if you're new to this series, I envy you the journey that awaits.
Daniel Williams, Actor, Writer, and Filmmaker
When trying to think of a title for this this review all that came to mind were one word superlatives that just didn't do this novel justice. To say I loved it is just an understatement.
What I loved most about this book was the way the author combined mystery and suspense with just the right amount humor to keep me completely engaged with the characters and the story.
If you decide to read / listen to this book I hope you love it as much as I did.