The characters are well developed and original. Mr Guidall is a great narrator. Walt is not the usual sheriff but a great person and Henry is someone I would like to know. They would both make great dinner companions.
The plot did drive the story, the murderer was not anyone I expected. I enjoyed this book and listened to it over 2 days. The back story needed to be told, it made the story smooth without saying hurry up and get to today.
The first time I listened to Mr Guidall was in "The Cat Who..." series, the more serious storyline made me really apprecite his talent. Drama has more range than fluff. But we all need fluff occassionally.
I would have liked to, but other commitments prevented it.
I am reading the series and thoroughly enjoying it. When I found out it is a A&E series and I missed two seasons I wished I had found Walt and friends sooner. If you do like the series the books are better. I hope Mr Johnson has many more good ideas and books in him.
I read some reviews that labeled this book as a western genre. Since I am not a western genre reader, but with all the positive review this book received, I was willing to give it a try. Great sense of humor from the main character and his best friend. The narrator of the book made the book even more enjoyable.
Love every character
The scene in the blizzard on the mountain. Literally brought tears to my eyes.
I feel like he makes the book come alive. Its a great story, and every character has depth. I think I would enjoy reading the book, but I simply love listening to it. The man's voice is perfect for the role.
Yes and yes. I laughed out lout several times, and welled up with tears at least once. The main characters are grizzled heroes, titans among men, and yet they all have their flaws. I found myself looking forward to every aspect of the story, even the budding romance scenes.
Great book. I don't usually write reviews, but I feel like I need to promote this one. Best credit I've used since Tales of the Otori.
Really enjoyed this story...this is the 2nd book I have listened to narrated by George Guidall.
Never guessed the killer...I like that in a mystery!
The reader is fine, just too old to be Walt. Other characterizations are very good.
Like many people, heading west is a lifelong dream. Even as a teen, I could always see myself in Wyoming. Being from Florida, the western life is about as different as one could imagine from my own. This is the only western series I've found interesting and is pretty close to how I imagined that life would be. I love the characters, the scenery descriptions and the situations. Walt is a terrific lawman; mostly by the law but also applied with common sense, firm without being rigid. Vic is a hoot and (ironically) reminds me of my husband: a hard protective shell to defend the soft heart. Henry Standing Bear is someone I'd love to have as a best friend. He's loyal, wise, brave and capably straddles the two worlds in which he lives. Lucian seems more a caricature and gets away with more than is plausible, but he is entertaining.
I do have a couple qualms with the writing. One is the seemingly politically correct handling of the Native Americans. Being 1/8 Indian myself I am equally amazed and baffled by reservation life. Mr. Johnson seems to almost revere the reservation residents and their ancestry to the point of not wanting to offend. Thus, the "bad guys" are almost always white. One can be respectful while remaining balanced.
Another is being able to follow the endings. It seems, and maybe it's just me, that the endings are told in a rush. Most of the endings tie up neatly, but I always have to go back and listen more than once.The books and the TV series are both musts for me, but they are better looked as separate entities. As with most adaptations, changes are made that don't really seem necessary and most don't take away from the effect. Robert Taylor is perfectly cast as Walt Longmire, which makes it difficult to picture him with the narrator being obviously quite a bit older. Overall I love the series and will listen to them all.
Avid audible listener!
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.
Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.
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.
I tried to listen to this book when I first bought it, but couldn't quite get into it. There are a number of components that just don't generally prompt me to pick up a book (rape, Native American theme, "old West" feel, slower pace, etc.). Also, the narrator, while good, made Walt sound older than he is.
Recently I found the Longmire TV series on Netflix, which was based on these books and that turned me around. After watching the only season available I was hooked and wanted more so I decided to try this book again. This time I was able to relax into the slower pace and really appreciate the characters and background. I found I really liked all the characters in the TV series and now that I could picture them I was better able to get through that "first book" difficulty of getting to know and appreciate the people in the book. This is always a challenge for me when I pick up a new series and especially so when there are too many other themes in the book that aren't necessarily my thing.
The pace is a little slower, but I finally realized that is more a representation of where the book takes place. It's not that nothing happens in the book as the plot actually moves well. You just have to give it a chance. The Native American mysticism later in the book is interesting and adds to the complexity of the story. The narrator also grows on you as the book goes on. He really does a very good job of bringing all the characters to life!
The overall theme was troubling to me, but once I was able to get past that a little, I could see what a gem this book is. You know from the title and a quote at the beginning that this is a story of revenge. You learn pretty early on what the revenge is for. Normally knowing so much is a recipe for a boring book, but in spite of knowing so much up front, the book is full of twists, turns and surprises. I had a number of suspects in mind, but didn't know until the end who really committed the murders. I'm downloading the next couple of books in the series now and I'm so glad I gave this book a second chance!!
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.