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.
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
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.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
After watching Longmire on tv, thought I'd listen to the crusty old sheriff solve a case on audio . . . wow! My husband and I loved Cold Dish . . . and as much as we love the series on tv, some of the imagery is missed, some of the nuance, some of the inner workings of Walt's mind . . . be warned the language is colorful, especially where Vic (Victoria) is concerned, Walt's deputy sheriff . . . This first in the Longmire series, explores Walt's friendship with Henry Standing Bear, owner of the Red Pony Saloon, going back to the friends' younger days and being drafted to serve he Vietnam war. As Walt searches for the killer of a young man, the same one that two years earlier brutally raped a young, Indian girl suffering from fetal alcohol syndrome, things are not as they seem . . . and why does the killer leave one solitary feather at the crime scene?
There is so much I liked about this story. The characters are well developed, realistic and appealing. The plot had a good share of twists and turns and who-done-it suspense. I couldn't wait to reach the conclusion, yet didn't want the story to end. The narrator voiced the characters well. All good things, right? My only disappointment, and I felt it throughout, was that the story did not flow. It seemed to drag. The percentage of story devoted to action was too small. Descriptions and explanations took up much of this book. While listening, I often thought, "Get on with the story!" It was hard to tell if the problem was with the leisurely narration or the author's style or both. Sometimes I felt so frustrated that I skipped ahead. I even dozed off while listening--more than once. Even so, I did love the characters and want to read/hear more about them. I hope sequels will move at a quicker pace.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
The book was funny. The prose were very good. The characters were interesting. Still, this book never really pulled me in. I suppose I just never cared about the central mystery.
After watching and enjoying the TV series I was excited to hear the audio book version. I was disappointed by the reader. His diction is flawed. I couldn't figure out if he was slightly drunk or his false teeth were slipping but the slurred speech was not appreciated. I would try another from the Longmeyer novel but with a different reader.
I have always liked western adventures so this worked for me.
I had never heard work from this narrator before but was bothered by his slight speech impediment. I sounded to me like an older man trying work around bad false teeth or possible man just a little drunk. Not a good combination. I feel there are many good narrators available that might be a better match for the material.
I never quite understood how Walt made it out of the forest carrying Standing Bear who was badly wounded. I got the fact he was helped by spirits but that didn't quite cover it.