I have watched many episodes of Longmire via Netflix and Roku and liked them. But, as often happens, the series is based loosely on the books. This book is SO much better than the series and the series is really good. I laugh out loud when the sheriff talks. The whole book had me smiling and even laughing.
The sheriff is my favorite character, closely followed by Henry Standing Bear. The sheriff keeps me amused and I loved the narrator's portrayal of him.
I got a big kick out of Ruby and how she talked to the sheriff. She took no complaints and handed out plenty of her opinions!
I laughed through most of the book, but there was sad parts, too.
The story was average. In fact, parts of it went beyond suspension of disbelief for me, which I don't really care for. However, the narrator made up for the average story with a stellar performance that really brought the characters to life, with the exception of "Bear". The weakness in Bear's dialogue may have been more Johnson than Guidall. Specifically, some authors believe that Native Americans are best portrayed as barely able to speak, which is not matching my experience with actual Native Americans.
The book is entertaining. It's not long. Best advice I can give is to try this book. If you like it, you have found another series you will enjoy. If not, you can move on.
At the beginning I was a little unsure if I would like it. I grew up in the Southwest between the Navajo and Zuni Indian reservations. The small town rarely had the Sheriff drive through it much less have an office there. Although fictional, the book does do a good job of offering a fairly realistic account of what life is like in some places in today's wild west. As the story developed I found myself able to relate and rather enjoyed it. A little more profanity than I personally cared for but overall it was enjoyable.
Loved description of the general area and the respectful admiration shown by main character, Walt. I loved interaction between him and all who worked with him, as well as the respect he showed to everyone. Set a good tone. I just plain enjoyed all facets of this book, and the reader brought it all home for me, the listener.
Many facets & depths of Walt, the main & integral character. It seemed (as I listened) that he was the anchor of the community. He would have argued that fact. He was gruff, but tender. He thought things thru. He was respectful of everyone, but seemed to be tender to women & observed them thru fatherly eyes. There must be other Longmire books because of references to a daughter, non-existent here except for her name. I want a Walt Longmire for my town!!
Oh, my, HE IS Walt! Best reader I've listened to. Caught the slow western drawl w/o overdoing accent. Natural-sounding, easy listening, my first time listening to his voice. Would like to listen to another book, another genre, just to check out his consistency of narration. He's the best!!!!
Yes. The trust and friendship Walt and Henry had during the blizzard and Walt's heroic efforts to save 2 people. There was much spirituality during his struggle to find safety and help.
The story held my interest from start to finish. There were a couple of very bad young men who needed to be in jail because of a horrid crime committed, but on the whole there were good people portrayed as real normal with weaknesses and foibles, but each one very individual in personality. If I had to choose one who could have been removed without any loss to the story, it was Vic (Victoria), his deputy.
How would I know? Wait.. No, change that. The narrator brings so much to my experience that I'll have to say yes, even never having read the print version
CS Forester has always been at the top of my list, but he just dropped to a distant second.
What didn't I like?
Great story, but the telling is the treasure.
New favorite series. New favorite author. New favorite narrator. If only westerns were my genre -- but lookout Wyoming, here I come. What an audio experience!
I came back to this audiobook after getting hooked on the TV series. I initially chose it a few years back because of the high ratings it gets on Audible. My problem is that I am not a big George Guidall fan. I admire his ability but his style grates on me – sort of like Scott Brick does for some listeners.
Having said that, I agree with all the other rave reviews that this is a well written book. It is evocative of the Bighorns and small town living. Walt Longmire narrates the story and he is an appealing hero - he has enough flaws to make him likeable and human and a self effacing tone and a dry sense of humor that is attractive. The plot is well conceived and believable (given the genre.)
I recommend this audiobook with the caveat of listening to the sample before buying to see how you feel about the narrator.
This reads more like a soap opera than a novel. Main character is trying to date again, doesn't know where he stands with a woman and he has all these problems.
At one point actual spirits of the dead get in the action of the book. Spirits of the dead! Give me a break.
The story constantly harkins back to the rape of a mentally challenged Indian girl by some white boys. It's like a constant thing that the author just wants you to feel bad for her and relive that again and again.
Might make a good TV show.
Captures the atmosphere of the area pretty well.
The story, the characters, the narration- this book just hits it out of the park. I really love the interpersonal relationships- particularly Walt and Vic.
Guidall's reading carries gravitas and humor with similar ease, and keeps even slower parts of the story interesting. My only complaint is his reading of women's voices. While each man's voice has unique timbre and character, he portrays every single woman with a pinched, fast speech that sounds identical. No matter what dialogue the writer gives his women characters, Guidall reads them as accusatory and snotty. They all sound the same. Very, very annoying. Luckily, most dialogue is for men, so this problem is minimally noticeable. Story is good.