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.
to me that I had never heard of this series before. And what a pleasure! I am beyond thrilled to have this to look forward to over the summer. The narrator is amazing! I am one happy listener.
Remove the gratuitous language! What is the point of that! How does it help the story! It is abhorrent! I don't believe any officer could speak like that on the police radio and therefore causes the story to lose credibility. It is such a distraction. Even if they talk that way in real life how does it make the story better? It does not. I won't buy another one and I will return the book on that basis alone! My question again is WHY?
Language, don't lower yourself to read it out loud.
Cut the Language
Cut the Language
Love George Guidall. If it was not for him, I would not have even listened to the first couple of chapters.
Absolutely recommend this audiobook! I'm late to the Walt Longmire books genre, but I'm glad that, having seen the television series, it spurred my interest and I am not disappointed! It revels in hilarity, tension, suspense, unexpected twists and turns, and I too have fallen in love with Henry Standing Bear, he and Walt are absolutely gems together.
It's so easy to get pulled into the story and feel at home and at once emerged with a strong sense of the place and the people and find yourself someone welcomed to join in and ride along with the staff and the townsfolk. It felt natural from start to finish.
It's hard to select just one, they are all so well crafted, defined and acted out, that selecting just one is an insult to the wonderful characterizations Craig Johnson has so deftly created. Nope, can't choose just one. They are all fabulous and I can't imagine any of the Longmire storylines without them. I only WISH they were as beautifully defined in the television series as they are in the books.
But I will say this regarding the television series, Lou Diamond is a very good actor, but he ain't no Henry Standing Bear according to the Johnson characterization that plays out in my imagination...
George is da man in this series! He is spot on! I hadn't had the pleasure of his voice in my ears before, but the man is singularly a standout narrator. He is pepper to Johnson's salt. They just go together so well!
The book moved me from start to finish. I grew up on westerns, my folks were addicts and so this is reminiscent, in so many ways, of characters created by James Stewart, Chuck Conners, Ward Bond, James Garner and Charles Bronson, 'Festus' and just a touch of Ma and Pa Kettle thrown in for good measure LOLOL. IMHO, this is major league and I'm hooked. Unequivocally so.
GET IT! GET THEM ALL! You can't go wrong and I'll be surprised if anyone doesn't find them as great as I do.
The character of Longmire is well established in the first few pages as are his deputies and friends. The humor is honest and forthright with a tinge of "opinatated sarcasm." Wonderful reading and listening.
George Guidall is an excellent narrator--brings the character of Longmire to life. There's no problem telling who is speaking as he delineates each character very well.
I purchased this series because I was looking for something different. I couldn't find anything in my usual type of listening and decided that maybe I needed a break. Plus I was looking for something that both my husband and I would enjoy on a three week trip out west. What better than a series that takes place out west. It was good.
The pace is slower and more deliberate which seems very appropriate. I've listened to a couple of Tony Hillerman books and I would rate this series just as enjoyable. I did have my suspicions of the culprit but it was still challenging. Good series.
I have purchased all of the books in the series and we will have a marathon of Longmire as we travel this fall.
As an aside, I just discovered that these books have bee made into a cable series. Going to check it out.
Such great character development, but in the end you gotta love Walt.
He is so well cast, with a voice you believe is exactly what Walt Longmire sounds like.
In this book you do both! Lots of one liners and situations that make you laugh out loud. But there were so many emotions described so realistically. The hardship endured by many of the characters, including Walt, brought tears to your eyes.
The rest of the series is definitely on my wish list!
This book is wonderful...it has likable characters and the story line is diverse without losing your place.
Mr. Guidall's wonderful understanding of the characters and voice changes were superb. They were not awkward or unbelievable. He is half the reason that I couldn't turn off the book.
I had a hard time stopping listening to this story. I commute 3.5 hours round trip everyday and HATE the drive, when I started listening to this book, the drive flew by...
Sorry, but I couldn't wait for this book to be over. Unlike so many other mysteries/thrillers I've listened to, this just did not hold my attention. The "romance" between Walt and Vonnie was not credible and the dialogue between the two of them inauthentic. Except for thoroughly enjoying Walt's sense of humor and his banter with the other characters, I thought the book needed a major boost in terms of plot line and using something other than stereotypes for characters (the accomplished best friend with a humble persona and self-deprecating sense of humor, the snarky and highly capable female deputy with a stale marriage and a crush on Walt, the cranky secretary who barks back at the boss, the woman who runs the local cafe and keeps the world right with her cooking, and an assortment of oddball town residents who either drive the Sheriff crazy or engender his deep affection despite their lunacy). I firmly believe the mystery genre can be well written and look for that in the books I choose; unfortunately this one was not a shining example.