I really tried to like this book because of all the great reviews. I even made it half way, but finally gave up. There are too many truly great books to bother finishing this one.
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Centuries ago Aristotle discussed the concept that the whole could be greater than the sum of the parts. That's a great description of my reaction to this book.
I had read so many positive reviews of this series that I had to find out what it was all about. Many times the first book in a series is a case of the author becoming familiar with the primary characters and developing appropriate themes. I'll keep listening to this series and see if that holds true for Johnson's Walt Longmire books. That is, I suspect that they will continue to just get better and better.
* The characters are wonderfully and appropriately lovable or despicable but with many shades of grey in all of them. I felt as if I were getting to know them as part of a community that I could live in (I do live in the Mts).
* Guidall's narration is a brilliant match to the tenor and tempo of this book. I honestly can't think of any other of my favorites doing it this well.
* The story, while interesting, sometimes meandered (a good Walt Longmire word).
From the very beginning this book made want to sit down in front of a warm fire, my cat(s) on my lap and just sink into the story. It felt like a master storyteller was spinning a great yarn just for me.
Walters run to the truck in the snow storm.
It throughs a good dry sense of humor in when needed
I really like the TV show but now I have listened to the book it's 1000% more entertaining
I purchased this book after watching the first season of Longmire on TV. I know that television sometimes takes artistic license with a story but this book was very different from the show. That is a good thing as it is more entertaining and interesting. The character development is excellent and the story flows easily. Walt Longmire should have been born one hundred years earlier as should the Bear. The story takes a lot of turns and the ending will surprise you. I will be purchasing more titles from Mr. Johnson and I'm sure they will be as good as The Cold Dish.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book, and have to agree with others that said the narrator is perfect for the part. I especially liked the humor and comraderie between the characters. They felt real and like people you'd want to know. The mystery was interesting with just enough personal life thrown in so you got to know the characters, but didn't feel distracted. I'll definitely get the next in the series.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
The synopsis and reviews of The Cold Dish had me salivating, but during the first half (7 boring hours) I wasn't sure I'd even finish it. It is well-written, but there is way too much character development even for a first-in-series book. Things pick up in the second half, but not enough to overcome my suffering in the beginning.
The story is about a small-town Wyoming sheriff trying to solve a murder. The characters are real and definitely well-developed. The frozen wilderness setting is beautifully described, and there are Native American aspects that are unique and interesting. The problem is the story just never really "grabbed me." Perhaps I have become desensitized since much of today's fiction contains unreal characters in bizarre situations, which I must admit does create exciting plot lines.
Guidall did a good job of narrating. His Indian accent is very good, however some of his women (especially Vonnie) are far too masculine. Usually I'm fine with men doing female voices, but Vonnie sounds like she needs to stop smoking and get estrogen injections, maybe even a sex change operation.
This book is okay, but I would not recommend it to anyone I know. I doubt if I will continue the series.
The narrator just sounded too old for this character. He wasn't bad, he just didn't fit. When it came to speaking different characters, I couldn't tell who was saying what.
I believe a few were American Indians but couldn't tell at all. The story jerked around so much, I forgot what the plot was.
No steady flow in this one. I purchased this from all the great reviews. Usually that is a good sign. Not this time. I almost bought the whole series on sale. Whew!! Glad I listened to this first one for a few hours before I made that mistake.
Yes, because George Guidall is the master of narrators. He is truly gifted in bring alive the various charteractors and emotions Craig Johnson develops.I don't usually use these words but , Craig Johnson and George Guidall are a match one rarely finds in audio books.Hearing an interview between these two was also insightful.George Guidall has narrated many books. You could hear the genuine enjoyment that he felt working with Craig Johnson. Johnson makes his characters very human but with values that have made this world a better place.I promise you will laugh, feel emotions , think about life choices, and look at sunsets a little differently after hearing / reading Craig Johnson's "Walt Longmire " series.
If you read this Book One of the series you will become officially "Deputized" into the unforgettable cast of characters brought to life by a remarkable narrator. Just as I did, you will immediatley saddle up to look for Book Two. Good stuff for "who dun it" fans.
Professor of American and World History at a community college. Enjoys hard science fiction, space fantasy and space opera, fantasy, and historical narratives. Heck, I'll read anything once!
The reader has a fine sense of the Western twang and tone without going overboard into Hollywood cliche. His tone, pacing, and the general quality of his voice work quite well for this narrative. First person narratives are hard to get right for many readers. This one works.
I was introduced to the Walt Longmire series by the TV show. I found the characters interesting, but the subplot and background felt heavy-handed. This is not the case with the books. The characters remain interesting (though I miss Katee Sackhoff's dry, fish-out-of-water tone) and the background and subplot now mesh more effectively. An hour episode does not do a book justice ... so listen to the book and REALLY enjoy the story!