I almost gave up on this one. Took awhile to get into--and then all of a sudden I was surround by the characters and the story and I couldn't turn it off for the night. Westerns aren't always a sure thing for me. But this story is a good bet. A good story. Well told.
The humor throughout was fantastic, even when the ???who-done-it??? was a tad convoluted for my taste. This western is set in WY, with mention of Billings, MT. In addition to ???Walt??? (the sheriff), there is ???Bear??? (along with his native ancestors) and ???Vic??? (a sassy east cost female deputy sheriff) spicing up the dialogue.
This is slow slow slow the mind wanders and goes on pointlessly. I did like the narrator though. For such high reviews I guess you would have to finish the the book after 6 hours I gave up and moved on. First book I couldn't finish was Moby Dick. I did like the narrator though.
As a long time fan of the Western genre, from Glen Ford to Gary Cooper to James Stewart to Clint Eastwood, I can testify that Walt Longmire fills a void desperately left open by today's standard of a hero. With incredible descriptions of the Wyoming landscape, colorful descriptions of the local inhabitants of Durant and possibly the best possible com padre in Henry Standing Bear, these are stories I listen to over and over again. I first came to appreciate George Guidall while listening to The Dark Tower series, and he only gets better as the voice of Longmire! Well done Mr. Johnson, I'd like to buy you a Rainier!
This was my second by Craig Johnson and George Guidall. Johnson writes great stories and Guidall brings them to a very lively telling. At first I wasn't sure I was going to like this as much as I did "Dark Horse," but soon I was every bit as involved in the story and found myself putting off chores and listening longer than I planned.
I downloaded this book to take along on a road trip to Wyoming (the setting of the book). Both my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the narration. I've added the others in the series to "My Next Listen" as a result.
I am uncertain if I love Craig Johnson because of George Guidall, or if I love George Guidall because of Craig Johnson. Either way, I am thrilled to have found the pairing. The exchange between characters is fabulous. I embarrassed myself at the gym, numerous times, by laughing out loud while listening.
Retired teacher of literature with an interest in religion and in science and in history. I have loved reading for 50 years.
I like mysteries but I like them to be well-written, and I do not like cliches or cardboard characters. This book is a little like a made for TV movie...or like popcorn without salt...it just did nothing for me after an hour or so of listening. Not original, not interesting, not mysterious, not well done overall. Sorry.
Having lived in Wyoming all my life, played in northern Colorado and southern Montana, this is the Wyoming I know and love, and the men and women of Wyoming I know so well. I wanted to take Sheriff Longmire in my arms and hug him, as well as Henry. I could taste the sage brush, feel the wind in my hair, of my wonderful Wyoming. The narration is perfect!
One of Mr Guidall's finest performances. Did not want this reading to end. Pathos, humor, character differentiation all evident in the tales performance. Well written by Craig Johnson. First Craig Johnson novel I have listened to - won't be the last. This one is a keeper.