Love the Walt Longmire series, put them on top of my listens.
Basically a dialog, so Walt is the character.
Excellent job on the Native American voices.
There is laughter in these books, the characters banter is well done.
Try it, highly recommended.
I didn't laugh or cry but I smiled plenty.
I wish I could give this book 9/10. Because I can't I gave it 4.
Reader. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.
If you've watched Longmire on A and E, still listen to the book. Better yet, do both. Has a different ending and story line than TV series. I believe this is one of the best series going. It has it all, psychology, characters you care about, story, depth, humor, and hope. It improves your world to read this series. Don't miss it.
The Longmire series can easily be read as stand alone works, but when read / listened to in order make a great series, George Guidall's masterful reading of the work really brings the characters to life.
We got hooked on the Longmire series after finding it partway through the first season of the television show. The books have so much characterization and detail and are thus more vivid than the TV series.
I tried to listen to this book when I first bought it, but couldn't quite get into it. There are a number of components that just don't generally prompt me to pick up a book (rape, Native American theme, "old West" feel, slower pace, etc.). Also, the narrator, while good, made Walt sound older than he is.
Recently I found the Longmire TV series on Netflix, which was based on these books and that turned me around. After watching the only season available I was hooked and wanted more so I decided to try this book again. This time I was able to relax into the slower pace and really appreciate the characters and background. I found I really liked all the characters in the TV series and now that I could picture them I was better able to get through that "first book" difficulty of getting to know and appreciate the people in the book. This is always a challenge for me when I pick up a new series and especially so when there are too many other themes in the book that aren't necessarily my thing.
The pace is a little slower, but I finally realized that is more a representation of where the book takes place. It's not that nothing happens in the book as the plot actually moves well. You just have to give it a chance. The Native American mysticism later in the book is interesting and adds to the complexity of the story. The narrator also grows on you as the book goes on. He really does a very good job of bringing all the characters to life!
The overall theme was troubling to me, but once I was able to get past that a little, I could see what a gem this book is. You know from the title and a quote at the beginning that this is a story of revenge. You learn pretty early on what the revenge is for. Normally knowing so much is a recipe for a boring book, but in spite of knowing so much up front, the book is full of twists, turns and surprises. I had a number of suspects in mind, but didn't know until the end who really committed the murders. I'm downloading the next couple of books in the series now and I'm so glad I gave this book a second chance!!
Guidall restores my faith in narrators. I forgot several times he was the only one reading/performing. I'm definitely staying with this series. Great story, had me guessing til the climactic ending. Thanks
I did cry just a little though
This is my second Longmire book, (I read book 2 first by mistake and loved it!) I really enjoy the humor, wit, adventure and creativity in these stories and they always keep me guessing until the very end. Very good series. I plan to read them all. The narrator they chose for this series couldn't be more perfect. I can't imagine Longmire sounding any different. He even does well with the ladies voices too.
Uncertain. I have not read the printed version.
The setting, the characters and the plot line. The narrator was the perfect blend of crusty western and erudite.
Very hard to pick just one.
This was a wonderfully entertaining story. I detected who the real villain was, but was not certain and the rest of the story was unaffected by my correct speculation.
What a great series! Craig Johnson and George Guidall are a match made in a book-listener's heaven. I have enjoyed each and every one of these stories of Sheriff Longmire and the wonderful characters who surround him. I am already sad that I will be done very soon with the last book, and none in the queue. Not yet anyway! Do your self a favor and start with The Cold Dish, then follow each book in order. Each book builds on what has come before.
Craig Johnson is a wonderful writer and he creates characters who are believable and very human. These are no comic book heroes, but there is courage, kindness and endearing strength to all. They all add to the rich fabric of these stories, and they populate Walt Longmire's life as part of his family. The stories are intriguing, complex enough, many times laugh-out-loud funny, set in the backdrop of a remarkable part of the US. The author knows his setting, material and procedures well, and the details are excellent. And the narrator Guidall makes it all happen like no other narrator can do!
I have watched an episode or two of "Longmire" on TV, and I have to say I was supremely disappointed. Don't bother with the TV show. Listen to these books and enjoy!
Writer & daddy.
It's a TV show and I found the show to be very similar to the book, not exactly my taste.
A well written book; but much like the region it's set it, the novel Cold Dish takes it's sweet time. I definitely appreciated the craft of the writer, but neither the plot or characters weren't seasoned to my taste. There is a lot of going back and forth over the same clues. 'Cold Dish' has a very nice, realistic touch to everything that happens. I think it's definitely a book worth trying if you like mysteries set in rural settings.
The book was just too slow for me and I had to push to get through. It's possible that I'm jaded by the jump-cut pace of many crime novels, but I found this Dish a bit too Cold for me.