This story from start to finish was a pleasure. Well-written story and excellent performance. The narration of this is so good, it deserves to be listened to. I've had a few disappointing downloads lately so it was so nice to find this book. The characters are very real and while it does get slightly woo woo (Indian spirits) in one place, it's done in a believable way. Everything else is so believable.
So hard to pin point! The drunk at the lake was a hoot. Overall the dialogue between people while not exactly comedic or snarky was just so real that it made me smile. There were times I laughed out loud.
I'd say the main character. You really feel like you know him and his performance of a Wyoming sheriff is so down-to-earth.
A real western.
I did figure out "who done it" by mid-book, but it didn't matter I still enjoyed the book and I'm not sure everyone will figure it out. So many books go too far. This one was just right.
In my heart, no one can replace Tony Hillerman, but Craig Johnson is beginning to fill this gap, I suppose if anyone is ever able. The loss of those wonderful stories of the Navajo People left a vacancy in my heart, as I had grown to love all of his characters like family. Mr. Johnson, I sincerely appreciate the very big shoes you are having to fill. I am happy your adventures lie within the Big Sky country. On Audible.com, I have downloaded every book you have on that market. I also watch Longmire. Your Longmire actor is first rate! He totally matches my vision! The other actors are very good also, but having your stories read by the superb Mr. Guidall, whose voice rings in my mind, Lt. Leaphorn, brings the cozy feeling, visions of red dirt, and essence of pinon smoke to my senses. Thank you, Mr. Guidall for transforming your characters into living, breathing beings! You have no equal when it comes to The West. The down side of that is, however, I have real difficulty with any other genre you read. You are Leaphorn, Chee and now Longmire. Thank you Mr. Johnson for some great new adventures! You have a solid, faithful fan in me. Keep up the good work.
Sorry about the cliche headline but within 10 minutes into this book I realized I was enjoying it immensely on many levels. Great story. Great humor. Great characters. Fantastic narration. I realized that this was something special and I knew I would soon be getting the entire series and would probably listen to the series several times over the next few years.
Although completely different characters and genre, I like Sheriff Walt as much as I like Miles Vorkosigan in Bujold's Barrayar novels.
I particularly liked the mystical touch when Walt was saving Henry during the blizzard. It was well done. It wasn't obviously supernatural, which I don't care for, but it was evocative. It expressed Walt's connection to his best friend, Henry, a Cheyenne.
I liked any scene with Vick in it. She is great.
Yes. And then I'd start over and listen again.
I hope the other books in the series are as good.
Having some family history in Wyoming, I was curious to read this book. Also being a fan of Harry Bosch, I was looking for more good detective fiction. I wish I'd found this sooner. The amazing thing is that it seems to be the authors first book! It is so well shaped and "finished" feeling that I was really surprised to find it wasn't from an experience novelist.
It's as good as any whodunit based anywhere, the suspense, the investigation, the characters are beautifully crafted. It doesn't have that uneven feeling you get from new authors who sometimes drop the ball and you can get bored.
You will feel like you know Walt Longmire, and you will know his voice. It's George Guidall. I like his narration much more in this than the Cat Who...books. He really has nailed Longmire.
Later I found that there is a television series on a premium channel, and I got to see one episode. They have rearranged some of the characters. Harumph! All I will say is that the Longmire and Standing Bear characters are well cast. I'm not sure who the others are.
Craig Johnson has got to be a pseudonym for James Lee Burke. The formula is exact!
Former Vietnam Vet lawman dealing with anger issues and dead wife, and romancing a new one. His best friend is a Vietnam Vet, who drives a clunker and even though not a law officer, he is the Sheriff’s back up man. Small police force and the best cops on it are women. Main character has an only female daughter who is a college grad. Main character also has several bullet wounds. Alcoholism is featured throughout story… the list of similarities is never ending… Don’t get me wrong. I am not complaining, it is a great story. Oh, George Guidall is a star narrator!
The humor mixed in with the mystery and drama. The local color add to the story.
I want to listen to the whole series.
Walt is the best.
The narrator gives a special quality to the character of Walt Longmire
the complex relationships of the characters
the hallucinatory scenes as he was rescuing the suspect and his friend
It made me both laugh and cry
The Narrator was made for this book.
Possibly Lonesome Dove - great story witty - good dialouge between characters. Never a dull moment. You have larger than life characters with drama, pathos and tragedy trying to make the best of it and make sense of the world
Laugh quite a bit, Stayed very intrigued by the story. A few of the seems drew on very visceral emotions
The language is very strong, adult. Not for sensitive readers but appropriate for the genre, area. Captures the essence of life in a small mountain town.
The voice actor adds a ton to this series...
The plot was interesting, came out of left field on me, which I enjoy.