This book was off the beaten path for me, and I was pleasantly surprised. Craig Johnson paints a very realistic picture that's easy to invest in. The rich description of landscape, mixed with the wry humor of the main characters make, not only for an engrossing mystery, but an engrossing novel.
I am rapidly working my way through this series and I LOVE it. George Guidall's narration is absolutely spot on for each and every character and Walt Longmire is a great man's man protagonist. You really feel the chill and wild beauty from the descriptions of Wyoming, you clearly hear the respect that Craig Johnson has for the mountains and people of Wyoming. There is some cursing (Vic - I speak of you), but it matches the character so well I wasn't as bothered by it as I could have been. I highly recommend these books to anyone who loves a good mystery and a well written book combined with a perfect narrator.
Craig Johnson is an undiscovered jewel! Folks, this author is gifted and fairly unknown. In 3 books he has become one of my favorites, right up there with Stephen King. George Guidall's narration is perfect - George IS the character Walt. Please try one of Craig Johnson's books you will not be disappointed.
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I have a pattern when it comes to adaptations: I go the source material first and read it, and then I watch the adaptation to see how it measures up. Not this time. I fell hard for the A&E television series Longmire thanks to its gorgeous use of setting, consistently excellent acting, and most of all its informed and sensitive portrayal of the interaction and politics between Anglo and Northern Cheyenne communities in Wyoming. In fact, I hesitated about listening to the novels that had inspired the show, in fear that this might somehow compromise my enjoyment of the series. I needn't have worried. Listening to this first of Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire novels has only enhanced my appreciation of the Longmire show and convinced me that I need to read all of the other books in the series.
Johnson fits a compelling mystery into a darkly witty work dedicated to careful characterization, a stunning sense of place, and a thoughtful meditation on the human condition. Johnson deserves tremendous credit for how well he portrays characters of and issues relating to different generations, sexes, and races/ethnicities. Readers who value contemporary Westerns, detective and mystery fiction, noir fiction, and well-written, literate, humane fiction in general should give Johnson a try.
I now understand why everyone praises George Guidall's narration of this series, as well. I've heard other Guidall narrations, and I knew he was an excellent reader, but wow - he was born to bring these books to life! This is the perfect marriage of text and voice.
I would and have recommend this audiobook to several friends. The characters are just so interesting and I have some friends that I know watched the series and I'm sure they would enjoy the audiobook. The characters are a little different than in the series but it isn't upsetting as it can be in some series when the TV/Movie is too different from the book.
There is a scene in the wilderness that I found moving but I won't spoil it here. I'll just say that there are scenes that will make you feel.
I wouldn't have necessarily thought that this would be the type of book that I would enjoy. I saw some reviews and decided to give it a chance. It was written and narrated in a way that I could picture the scenery and the people and even some of the vehicles and that surprises me. It was fairly vivid and the characters had some depth. There was a little back story so you knew something about them but it didn't jump all over the place so you got lost as some books do. I will be purchasing the next book in the series.
Great writing, greater heros, and a great setting. Longmire is here to stay I believe.Honestly, one of the best books I've read in a while. Got hooked on the T.V. show (which is also great) and decided to give the first book a try. Wow!
Having now listened to four books in the Walt Longmire series, I am without a doubt a loyal fan and will continue to read 'em as long as he writes 'em.
The only negative I can come up for this book is that it's not as good as Craig Johnson's sequels in the Walt Longmire series. It does drag a bit too much in a couple places, but overall, I would highly recommend this book as well as the series.
George Guidall is one of the best as far as narration and he doesn't disappoint in this one!
Put this one on your list - especially those of you who like listening to a series or exhausting an author's list of books.
I don't know if I just had insomnia or this book was that good and would not let me sleep. I did lose track of the characters a couple of times and did backtrack a bit mostly because I dozed off. It was a long night. The sheriff in the story is a very likable character and quite a hero, although he doesn't seem to try to be one. Its all set in small town Wyoming which doesn't have many big towns anyway. A very nice place where he knows everybody and they know him. I could not stop listening and enjoyed the book and am now downloading his second in the sheriff Walt series: "Death without company" As far as I can tell there are four books and I am sure I will get them all but am not sure what order the last two are in. I only gave this four stars because of my own confusion in not keeping up with the characters. Surprise ending makes it closer to five though.
I loved this book and was disappointed when it ended. I wanted more and more by this author and Guidall. As soon as I finished it I went looking and bought the other 3 this combo has on Audible. Being from Wyoming I could relate to so much of the setting and characters. The best part of the book is the relationship between Walt and Henry. You just can't beat their sense of humor and how they relate to each other. I loved every thing about this book.
Craig Johnson is the best writer to come out of Wyoming. His work equals that of Tony Hillerman and Louis Lamour. The Character development and interwoven plots are captivating from the first page. A great read for anyone who loves the West.