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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.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 14-year-old daughter.
The narration took this book from three stars to four stars. For me, the book lasted about 3-4 hours than was necessary to tell the story in a complete fashion. It was almost as if the author decided to write a 13-hour book and had to provide filler when he found the story told after 9-10 hours. The plot was good and some of the character development was excellent. There were a few characters who weren't developed very much and the book would have done as well without them. I didn't dislike this book but I wasn't sad when it ended.
Johnson has created memorable characters in Walt, his foul-mouthed female deputy, bullying dispatcher, and Cheyenne barkeep best friend, Henry Standing Bear. And it's clear that Johnson loves his Wyoming home and the Indian nations surrounding it, and embraces their values and mythologies.
Since this author is touring with his latest book, I met him at a local store, and we discussed the audiobook recordings of his novels and narrator, George Guidall. Johnson said Guidall asked him what his training as a writer had been, "and don't say none, because I can TELL you've had some."
Johnson admitted he has a Masters degree in screenwriting, and Guidall pounced. "I KNEW it! It's your dialogue. It's not littered with he-said, she-said," Guidall explained.
And he's right --A Cold Dish has extremely good dialogue and flow. Perhaps that is where Johnson's work is strongest, the use of dialogue to demonstrate character and to further the plot and interaction between characters. But there is some poet and spiritualist in him as well. His prose is strongly descriptive with some lyricism.
I really, really like the book, the setting, and the characters, and look forward to reading the rest of the series.
I wasn't sure I was going to like this book, but I did - 5 stars worth. It's beautiful, it's funny, it's sensitive. Native American beliefs, music, old-style values, really likable characters, humor all the while building around a core story of abuse. And it's a good story and a good narrator whose perfect for the fictional narrator in the book. I'll miss these characters now that I have to move onto another book