Had never read one of the Longmire mysteries, and with Guidall narrating, I had to remind myself that this was not a Hillerman novel moved into the Wyoming area. As with Hillerman I always enjoy the developed and personal portrayals of the main characters. Almost as much as descriptions of indian culture and symbolism. The storyline was good, some might find it slightly slow, but knowing that this is a series, am happy to have a well established background.
I will definitely be picking up the second in this series, it fills an empty void since I have read and listened to almost every Hillerman novel. I miss Joe and Jim, and found Walt, Standing Bear and Vic.
The characters and plot evolve along with their relationships with each other. At first I wasn't sure i liked the narrator, but now i can't get enough of Walts humbleness, due in part to great narration! Was not ready for this book to be over.
No, because I don't read or listen to mysteries a second time.
His entire narration is top notch especially his portrayal of different characters.
I love the Walt Longmire mysteries especially for the back story and Walt's take on life and different situations. The mystery is always good but it's learning more about Walt that elevates these mysteries to a higher level.
Narration was great.
listened to while commuting to and from work. Couldn't wait to go to work
Johnson has skillfully created a believable main character in Walt Longmire, who is the sheriff of a small town in Wyoming. The interaction and dialogue created by Longmire's movements around town, and among a host of friends and acquaintances, is by far the most enjoyable aspect of this book. The strength of Johnson's writing rests almost entirely on these qualities.
The mysterious murders on which the plot rests, however, is over-wrought. This aspect is not nearly as interesting as the character dynamics.
Johnson's descriptions of "action-scenes" (such as climbing a mountain in winter, etc...) are decidedly the weakest points of this book. It was as if he was reaching back into vague memories for words and feelings, and the result is a detachment from the story just long enough to break the spell. This, in contrast to how Johnson writes about the day-to-day interactions of the main characters, which are fresh and light, and the dialogue is playful.
The ending was a little dragged-out.
For a $4.95 sale book, it was worth the price.
If you like books with a small town Western/Native American theme, and a "pull up a chair" attitude, you will undoubtedly enjoy 'Cold Dish'.
George Guidall's performance was flawless.
I listen to an average of 100 books a year, and the Longmire books are some of my most favorite! I find myself going back and relistening (they have to be fantastic for me to re-listen) time and again. George Guidall is a brilliant narrator, also one of my favorites!
Captivating nuanced storytelling.
Gravitas. I found it a little hard to distinguish between the two main male voices, but once I got the distinction it was wonderful.
It made me feel and it made me think.
I have listened to several books since, and I have compared them all (negatively) to this one. I'm chomping at the bit to get to the rest of the Walt Longmire series!
These stories from Craig Johnson are the best I have heard. I like the rural setting, and believable, real life characters. The tempo of the story increases as the blizzard sets in, climaxing in a fury of a violent struggle for life at the peak of a blizzard, and a few meetings with Indian ghosts thrown in. The narration is spectacular. I reallly liked the portrayal of the native american characters, Henry and Lonnie. I listen to these stories to keep me from falling asleep when I am driving. This one had my heart pumping. I will surely listen to every one of Craig Johnson's books.
I will probably re-read this sometime in the future. It was that enjoyable. The story, the character development and the narration were excellent.
The ending took me totally by surprise. No way was I expecting that.
The final scene was probably my favorite.
Very funny in places. It was great to witness the development of the major characters and get to know them as people.
Characters are well developed, very real. The story does not disappoint.
Great story, hated to have it end
I first book I listened to by George Guidall was Hard Country. It was a five star performance, which led to to this book.Guidall has the perfect voice for the west, gritty,tough, very good nuance.
Yes, but I'm glad I couldn't. I really enjoyed every hour.
I'll listen to more of this series.