The performance adds a lot to the text. The narrator, George Guidall, brings a lot of life to the story and his characters change so rapidly it is hard not to imagine a room full of people interacting.
There's a little bit of Hillerman's Leaphorn in the focus on locale (Bighorn Mountains instead of Navajo Nation) and a little of Charles Todd's Ian Rutledge in the main character's anomie. But The Cold Dish mostly reminded me of Henning Mankell's Return of the Dancing Master, because of its themes of dislocation and culture clash set within a plot where a small community's population is killed off by an unknown malefactor.
When the protagonist, Walt Longmire, and his best friend Henry Standing Bear, visit the Cheyenne reservation and meet Henry's family and friends. It brings the book into focus and calls the status of the "victims" into question. Unusually thoughtful for a genre novel.
I listened to about fourteen hours of it on a snowy drive from Farmington, New Mexico to Alamagordo and back. So, yes.
I am so glad to have found this series. In many long hours of travel I have worked my way through all of Chee and Leaphorn, Martin Beck. Kurt Wallander, Harry Hole, The Peculiar Crimes Unit, Harry Bosch (and Michael Connelly's other creatures), Collins & Burke, and Thursday Next. I was afraid I had worn the genre out.
I am glad I came across this series. I have always enjoyed George Guidall's narration ever since I listened to The Cat Who .....Series by Lilian Jackson Braun which were also narrated by him. I will be following this series but Craig Johnson. The plot was very interesting indeed and I was surprised when the murderer was revealed at the end.
Craig Johnson?... No. Love George Guidall. Have many books he has narrated and I'm always impressed with his presentation
Sorry, Folks. I've read the reviews and maybe you all work for the publisher, but this is the slowest, hardest listening audio book I have ever listened to, and I have over 250 in my library. I've returned maybe a half dozen. The main character's "Aw, Shucks" droll and pace make this fingernails-across-the-blackboard grating. The pace of the narration is so slow as to make the process unbearable. Don't know if George was directed to slow the narration down to give the character that back-woodsy, folksy, western laid-back personality, but it's just annoying. I quit it after the first hour and 20 minutes. It made me not care about the characters.... any of them. Don't care if the crime is solved and don't care who did it. For all the accolades being thrown this writer's way, I'm at a loss to understand why. Waste of a good credit.
Except for the pace of the narration, George is always a great reader.
Husband, father, grandfather, writer, software engineer. I love adventure, science fiction, thrillers, mystery, and history.
Loved everything about it. Never dull, very honest, interesting and realistic characters. Can't wait for the next.
The television show brought me to the book series. Thoroughly enjoyed this listen. Immediately purchased next in the series. Recommended
Excellent first book for Craig Johnson "Longmire" fans. we meet the sheriff of Absoroka County WY, and learn of his life, friends, enemies, and crime on and off the reservation
His husky voice, dry deliver, and convincing emotional content
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
Interesting mix of Crime, Spiritualism, Western, Mystery, etc. While this was a decent enough story, I found it just a bit depressing. the justice system doesn't work and even the main character gets depressed.
Anything narrated by Geoge Guidall is worth listening to
Good characters, great decriptions of location and a story that kept you guessing
Henry Standing Bear
I have found a new series that I will keep listening to. I watched the show and finally tried the book. Very good