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I really tried to like this book because of all the great reviews. I even made it half way, but finally gave up. There are too many truly great books to bother finishing this one.
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Centuries ago Aristotle discussed the concept that the whole could be greater than the sum of the parts. That's a great description of my reaction to this book.
I had read so many positive reviews of this series that I had to find out what it was all about. Many times the first book in a series is a case of the author becoming familiar with the primary characters and developing appropriate themes. I'll keep listening to this series and see if that holds true for Johnson's Walt Longmire books. That is, I suspect that they will continue to just get better and better.
* The characters are wonderfully and appropriately lovable or despicable but with many shades of grey in all of them. I felt as if I were getting to know them as part of a community that I could live in (I do live in the Mts).
* Guidall's narration is a brilliant match to the tenor and tempo of this book. I honestly can't think of any other of my favorites doing it this well.
* The story, while interesting, sometimes meandered (a good Walt Longmire word).
From the very beginning this book made want to sit down in front of a warm fire, my cat(s) on my lap and just sink into the story. It felt like a master storyteller was spinning a great yarn just for me.
I love the characters, I absolutely love the narration by George Guidall; he is the grandfather you never had, and is a master narrator!
Not at the edge of my seat, but I didn't want to be at the edge of my seat, I'd rather enjoy the whole chair, just as Walt Longmire would!
Everything. George Guidall makes books come alive. He is my absolute favorite narrator, and I look for books that he has narrated, because he is a master story teller.
Get ready for extraordinary ordinary.
I love this book and have devoured the series. I feel like I'm riding with pals.
This might make a good short story but the story, to the extent there was a story, was endlessly stretched with gobs and gobs of minutia. In fact, there was so much filler that I completely lost interest in who did what to who. It reached the point that I was expecting the author to start describing each snowflake by size, shape, color, taste, and smell.
Walters run to the truck in the snow storm.
It throughs a good dry sense of humor in when needed
I really like the TV show but now I have listened to the book it's 1000% more entertaining
I purchased this book after watching the first season of Longmire on TV. I know that television sometimes takes artistic license with a story but this book was very different from the show. That is a good thing as it is more entertaining and interesting. The character development is excellent and the story flows easily. Walt Longmire should have been born one hundred years earlier as should the Bear. The story takes a lot of turns and the ending will surprise you. I will be purchasing more titles from Mr. Johnson and I'm sure they will be as good as The Cold Dish.
I'm well into Part 1 and sorry to say I don't really like this book. Won't return it because it isn't completely awful, just not for me. I'll finish it but won't get the next one in the series.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book, and have to agree with others that said the narrator is perfect for the part. I especially liked the humor and comraderie between the characters. They felt real and like people you'd want to know. The mystery was interesting with just enough personal life thrown in so you got to know the characters, but didn't feel distracted. I'll definitely get the next in the series.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
The synopsis and reviews of The Cold Dish had me salivating, but during the first half (7 boring hours) I wasn't sure I'd even finish it. It is well-written, but there is way too much character development even for a first-in-series book. Things pick up in the second half, but not enough to overcome my suffering in the beginning.
The story is about a small-town Wyoming sheriff trying to solve a murder. The characters are real and definitely well-developed. The frozen wilderness setting is beautifully described, and there are Native American aspects that are unique and interesting. The problem is the story just never really "grabbed me." Perhaps I have become desensitized since much of today's fiction contains unreal characters in bizarre situations, which I must admit does create exciting plot lines.
Guidall did a good job of narrating. His Indian accent is very good, however some of his women (especially Vonnie) are far too masculine. Usually I'm fine with men doing female voices, but Vonnie sounds like she needs to stop smoking and get estrogen injections, maybe even a sex change operation.
This book is okay, but I would not recommend it to anyone I know. I doubt if I will continue the series.
I read so I can write
George Guidall has done an amazing job of making Walt Longmire come to life along with a whole gang of other great characters. Listening to him makes this book an unforgettable experience.
The book itself is a showpiece of Craig Johnson's writing skill. His way of telling the back story behind the mystery is smooth and never jerks you out of the story.
This is very very good.