Great writing. Great story. Great characters. Great setting. Great narrator. Great fun!!!
This is the second Walt Longmire book my wife and I have listened to, and have a third cued up and ready to go.
I loved the tv show decided to try to listen to the books so far book & tv show are similar in some ways and very different in many ways . The plots of the tv show do not quite follow the orders if the book and such but I love the narrator he does justice to the characters in my opinion.
Probably like many I came to The Cold Dish because I enjoyed the Longmire TV series. The book is more than enjoyable in its own right. Craig Johnson is a master of characterization, setting, etc. He is also one of the funniest authors I've come across. I normally lose patience when an author spends a little too much time on a scene, but I often found myself wishing that some of these longer conversations between Longmire and his other characters wouldn't end so soon. I was also impressed with the forensic science that was presented. Johnson acts like he knows his stuff.
After Walt Longmire, Henry Standing Bear, Walt's best friend. While played ably by Lou Diamond Phillips on the TV show, this Standing Bear is unmistakably different. He has a dry sense of humor that disguises a loyal friend and fierce enemy.
Mr. Guidall hit this out of the park. He gives a unique voice to each well-developed character. He knows how to say a woman's lines without sounding silly. Normally I'll turn up the speed of my books up to 1.25x but I didn't do this for this book because I wanted to enjoy Guidall's artistry to the fullest.
To pick one, MMO: Motive, Means, Opportunity. A very intellectually stimulating and entertaining exercise that I will not forget.
While there was an episode of the TV show that sort of borrowed from this book, don't worry about having the story spoiled by having seen it. By the ending of the book you won't recognize the two as similar at all.
Superb story. Terrific narration. Makes me want to read or listen to all of Craig Johnson's books with THIS narrator. Hard to describe the joy and appreciation I felt throughout the days of listening. Thank you author. Thank you narrator. From the bottom of my heart.
I am not a cowboy story fan, however, this book is so well written I could not "put it down". Fun, witty, and clever interaction between characters kept me laughing and entertained.
Excellent quipping humor sprinkled with an experience of the beauty of the west. The ending was a kicker and sad. Well done!
This was my first Walt Longmire book. I enjoyed the story and the characters. The author paints a great picture of the countryside and develops the characters well. I really enjoy the narration, he brings the story to life.