This is the first book of the solid and entertaining Walt Longmire series. Very reminiscent of the Tony Hillerman Leaphorn/Chee books. George Guidall can read anything, but he owns both these series.
I wasn't to sure about what I was getting into when I first started listening. The story started out slow but soon Johnson pulls you into his characters. They are lifelike and likable and "Durant" Wyoming is the kind of place where you wish you lived and Walt Longmire is the kind of guy you'd want to know. The story builds slowly but you are left with the sensation that all the bases have been covered when you reach the end. I am queing up "Without Company" as we speak and am glad I have several more adventures to go with these characters. You won't be disappointed. Excellent.
Oh and by the way don't look for Durant Wyoming on the map. It's not there, neither is the county referred to.
Craig Johnson has a great talent for suspense and humor. "Yes, it is so." Once again excellent narrating by George Guidall.
I noticed most of the reviews were most likely from very young people who were looking for action, not meaning, and thought.
This series is not for everyone, the author actually is thinking, and is working not only on the intellectual level, but on a spiritual level as well. He is writing about the strength some people find when they must, in order to complete something or save something much greater than themselves. This concept is often not easy for those who have not faced this type of decision, or had to pull this heroic feat from deep within themselves. Often when someone reaches for this they find they do not have or cannot find this solution.
The life and death battles are most often fought within the minds of these heros, not against the visible enemies.
So for those who bought this book and hated it, may I suggest you listen to the free samples first? The sample of this book is exactly like the rest of the book. Don't be like some women that believe they can 'change their man', what you hear is what you will get. Oh and stop whining, if you don't like a book, say it wasn't to your liking, and be done with it, or don't review it at all.
I love Tony Hillerman novels and so I had hopes for this series. Good plot and writing. But the language is too jarring for my enjoyment. Too much profanity and use of the F word. I'm disappointed.
I'm not usually a huge George Guidall fan, but he is perfect in this story. I thought the story was delightful and provided some interesting twists and turns. Loved the dialogue-without- contractions. Fun stuff. I am recommending to everyone - especially all the wannabe Marlboro men I know. I will definitely look for more from this narrator/author combination.
Craig Johnson is among my favorite authors now. I will continue buying his books. I like George Guidall's take on the characters. They seem almost real-very much like the cowboys I grew up with.
I truly enjoyed this book. The characters were carefully developed until each one breathed with life. The story is rich with detail, texture, and slow moving ease. George Guidall brings his genuine gift as a story teller drawing us in and adding dimension and accessibility to the characters. A very good listen.
Awesome narrator. The book was a litte slow( thus the 4 star rating), but beyond that,it was a very good book, Very descriptive, easy to lisren to and follow.