I got into this book immediately. Craig Johnson was new to my list of authors and I really like his style. Soft spoken Sheriff Longmire is in the essence of a western sheriff.
Yes, always a new twist.
Reading alone cannot impart the emotions that Guidall brings to a book reading
No, wanted to save some for later
George Guidall reading a book is simply the best, I think if he read my life story, he could make it intersting.
I am ADDICTED to audio books. My first listen was Catch Me if You Can by SEP. I love listening to Anna Fields and miss her dearly.
Great story with a splash of humor. Plus I love when authors pick a talented narrator to read their work!
Walt........ but I love George as Mitch Rapp.....
Craig Johnson books as read by George are my next line of listens....
It was hard to put this book down. Was always looking forward to the next chapter/event.
First one I've ever listened to. I don't have a comparison.
Voices to the characters.
When Vonnie took her own life and the hardship she suffered as a child brought tears to my eyes.
I didn't read the print edition but I know that my reading of it would not compare to the great narration done by George Guidall.
When I was led to the perpatrater by the story rather by someone naming the person
He is the character period. He also does the other voices very well,especially bear.
An attempt at justice.
I have read four Longmeir mysteries and I am going to read them all
I work in mine-action (landmines) travel a lot. Murder and mayhem is my favorite category…but, I love great books pretty much of any kind!
First, I have to be honest, I am not a "western" type of person. Not sure how I found him, or even what made me buy the first book…but, I thank God I did. This writer is incredible. I love everything he has written, have listened to all that I can get my hands.This book is particularly good, but all get 5 Stars from me. I have listened to almost all of his books on my downtime in Dubai, Iraq, or Istanbul waiting for meetings, and he has made it actually enjoyable to have to the downtime that I usually dread.
Craig Johnson writes with an easy pen. He pulls you along, slowly, but completely enthralled in his story. He always leaves me wanting more, this is one of the best books, but they're all great.
You get addicted to the way he speaks the words, truly builds the character as he performs. It's hard to explain, you can almost see Walt Longmire as this man speaks. Great performance!
Yes, there is one scene when he is describing the young woman who is the center of the book, a lovely young woman who just happens to be mentally disabled…he wrote "Her smile was like the sun coming through a church window". I could see that smile, bright and colorful and warming. My youngest child is multiply handicapped, the joy of my life, Craig Johnson put into words what I could not; simply, completely and perfectly.
I missed a reception for him in Washington a couple of weeks ago because I was traveling. I'm not a "fan" kind of person, never have felt compelled to meet an author, I just enjoy the books they write, but don't feel the need to get a signature on a book. I would love to know this man. I'd like to know the man behind the great, down to earth, steady, intriguing and so incredibly well written books.
Excellently performed. It was easy to get lost in the world of Wyoming, which is exactly what I want from a mystery.
The description of the mountain trek in the blizzard was captivating.
Divorce attorney needing a break from reality!
I felt the cold of winter in Wyoming and loved each of the characters. I wanted to go and work in the office of Sheriff Walt. Great characters are ones you love and dislike at the same time (like the rest of your family ~ wink, wink). This is true about The Cold Dish. Great character development and a suspenseful story that I did not even know the ending of until it hit me between the eyes!
Also, this book deals wonderfully with race/cultural stereotypes and is not politically correct. Using honesty and wit to detail relationships and stereotypes is such a novel idea and it takes a wonderful writer to make it happen.
Oh yes - on the edge of my seat and I fell off when the ending occurred! You won't see it coming. Not only did the author make me think my smug assumptions were right up until the very end, the truth was enough to shock me and tied ALL of the loose ends I had questions about. I could not have guessed the ending if I had tried. I love that!
I think George is really Sheriff Walt in real life. I don't believe he is just a narrator. I think Craig Johnson is really just writing a biography of the real life of George Guidall aka Sheriff Walt.
Basically George's voice, intonation, and sense of timing is priceless. The story would have fallen flat without George telling it. Sheriff Walt's voice, if I had read the book in print, would have been the same as George's voice. Great casting!
Read/Listen to this book. Suspense, surprise, comedy, wit, and even some life lessons. You will not leave wanting....well, now I want to read the next book in the series, but you get what I mean.
The characters have life histories that make them unique and their stories keep revealing themselves so that the ending is not apparent as the book is read. I enjoyed the native American spirituality that ties into the whole environment.
Alice Hoffman and James Lee Burke are writers that I love and also incorporate an interesting spirituality in their stories.
The flavor of the West would have been missed.
This is the first of the series to which I have listened and I will continue with the series. I especially like to follow the main character through a series of stories when I like both the writer and the reader.
The US equivalent of a British mystery .... interesting character wanders around meeting other interesting characters and doesn't let story get in the way. The story is carried by excellent and intelligent prose. Very much like a Peter Lovesy Inspector Diamond book but with more humor.
I started listening to Walt Longmire stories based on another Audible reader's recommendation. Although I do not profess to bend towards "Western" type genre, I can honestly say I AM HOOKED on this series. I am now back tracking to read this series in order after beginning with book 4.
I like the way Craig Johnson has constructed the Walt Longmire character. Always throwing in tidbits of sociological and historical information without being preachy, just as a matter of fact. I love Walts friendship with Henry Standing Bear and his friendship ties with the locals and Indians alike.
I couldn't imagine anyone other than George Guidall reading for this series. He really captures the essence of Sherriff Longmire as well as Henry Standing Bear (and other Indians). As masculine as he is, he still can pull off reading the female character lines better than most women readers perform (I have a hard time listening to women readers).
My least favorite character in this whole series is the foul mouthed deputy Vic (short for Victoria) Moretti. Although she is a decorated law enforcement officer and intelligent, I don't care for her personality in this series.