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.
No but I will try another Walt Longmire mystery. It had a predictable ending
The writing is creative and thought provoking, in the vein of James Lee Burke's Dave Roicheaux. The characters are well thought out and multi dimensional which I very much enjoy. The Plot was a little scattered and in the end not as satisfying as the characters themselves
I have not read any of Craig Johnson's books, but I can't imagine the book is better than the multiple voice audio version...unless it included color pictures of the scenery, he paints for the listener.
His referral to Wyoming locations, makes me Google them up to see for myself. I've been to some of them, and it causes me to recall my visits.
His inflections and tone changes, pauses,etc. are wonderful. Makes me think of how the TV Sheriff Longmire...would react in his voice. as a comparison.
Yep !!...should finish today. In a way, I'm glad I cannot listen in one sitting.
Can't wait to order Book #2 in the series
Wish he would continue the fishing details in future books, as I "yearn" to go Trout fishing again soon.
My first Longmire book and I plan to read more. I was not expecting a work of art, just a good read and that is what I got. I was inspired by the TV show. I read fiction as a break from my first love (military history) and this was perfect.
I had become a fan of the Longmire television series after just a couple of episodes, but when I noticed they were based the Walt Longmire series of novels, it didn't take me long to become a Craig Johnson fan.
Having grown up in northwestern Colorado and southwestern Wyoming, I can identify first hand with much of what Johnson weaves into his stories. The personalization of the characters in his stories fit perfectly with the real-life characters I grew up with... Longmire included. Johnson does an excellent job of describing exactly how it is in Wyoming, on the "Res" and especially, law enforcement in the very rural areas of the Rocky Mountain region. The narration of the Longmire series is nothing short of excellent. Guidall brings life to all the characters as well as the story itself. His voice sounds just exactly what you'd expect a veteran sheriff to sound like... a "Lion in Winter"... with a sense of humor.
I just finished the second installment of Walt Longmire "Death Without Company" and have added the rest of the series to my Wish List. I would give Craig Johnson "three thumbs up" but sadly, I only have two.
Well obviously Walt Longmire, but his sidekick Henry is right there too.
Walt Longmire by a long shot however, Guidall does a pretty good job on the Cheyenne accent and speech patterns. Very believable.
(Spoken by Walt Longmire) The sign at the state line says "Welcome to Wild Wonderful Wyoming". They should've put more emphasis on "Wild" because enforcing the law here can get to be hazardous to your health. But then again, so can breaking it...