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If someone had never read the previous Longmire books I would not recommend this one as a starter. Otherwise, probably.
I compare it to “Another Man’s Moccasins,” as both stories travel back and forth in time. This transition worked very well in “...Moccasins.” Going back to Longmire’s actual war experiences in Vietnam, the reader is better able to understand and feel empathy for the sheriff's present day situation. Interweaving the past and present also emphasizes how memories have not faded with the years. “The Dark Horse” often hops into the recent past after relating present day occurrences. I do not think the technique benefitted this story. Rather than announcing that it is now a week, or so, ago, all events could have been incorporated into a forward moving tale. Since I saw no purpose for the time travel, I found it a gimmicky distraction.
The ones that featured the boy and his mom, and also any scene with Bear.
When a woman confesses to killing her husband, Sheriff Longmire goes undercover to prove her innocence.
“The Dark Horse” is the fifth book I have read in this series. If Longmire continues to be brutally injured in each story to come, even Dog might not recognize him.
The novel is "up to snuff with the rest of this series, but there is a hidden prize for the listener, after the story ends; a long and delightful interview between author and reader, which is not merely the best I've ever heard--it's in a class by itself
Listening to these characters (voiced by Guidall) is like coming home to my favourite comfy chair - familiar, relaxing, enjoyable. This installment in the series is a good one, full of the flavour of the small towns with terrific characterizations, but with enough mystery to make it interesting and keep me guessing about the plot. The more I read of this series, the more I know and like the character of Walt Longmire, beyond the surface of small-town western sheriff....the father, the friend, the boss, the hero, the widow, the man. I like him.
Craig Johnson has not yet disappointed with his Walt Longmire series. Although this book begins a little differently from some of the previous books in the series and takes place mostly in a nearby town, it is true to the characters which I've come to adore. It has unique twists and turns and a few new, memorable characters. The narrative is sometimes humorous, as always, but becomes tense and suspenseful before the exciting conclusion. And the reader, George Guidall, IS Walt Longmire. Never does he miss on the nuances and intent of the writing. I've never listened to another reader who gets everything right, but George Guidall does! I've even heard him say that he feels as though he becomes Walt Longmire when he's reading one of the books in the series. Please, Mr. Johnson, keep Walt Longmire safe and serving as sheriff forever, and please, Mr. Guidall, stay well so you can keep on being Walt Longmire!.
It would spoil the ending to answer that.
I have only heard George read the Walt Longmire stories by Craig Johnson. His reading is perfect for this book. He has clear voices for all the characters and is very easy to listen to.
Yes. I almost did being in the car all day on a road trip. Wonderful.
i have enjoyed all of these books by Craig Johnson. They are all wonderful. Each one is exciting and surprising. the last hour of this recording has a chat between Craig Johnson and George Guidall. This conversation was so enlightening. A wonderful treat.
This book seems like something a writer needed to try and as a whole it worked. It should not be the first book tried in this series because the writer's interest is complicated and though the story is strong and well made the path to it is not as easy as the other books.
There is a great deal of ugliness done to people and animals in this book. The idea of telling stories seems to require this aspect of competition for reader choice. Johnson has kept the direct story telling in some kind of reform, but the horrific nature of the bad guy in this novel is not fun to understand. One can enjoy the experimental nature of the writing structure, the bad things, and the resolution in courage, friendship, and simple human skills. It is just not my favorite in the bunch.
I continue to be fascinated by Craig Johnson and his storytelling ability. George Guidall narration brings the characters to life and you almost believe that you are right there watching the story unfold.
The story line, the characterization, and the fact that Walt Longmire is a modern day hero who is not perfect but human with integerity.
I would have to think about this-
Yes, while this Longmire series would be outstanding in print only, the narration by George Guidall makes the characters come alive in a very special way.
I am reading all the books in the Longmire series and then will start on other books written by Craig Johnson.
Walt, of course, and Henry Standing Bear. But Mr. Guidall does justice to all the characters.
I chuckle frequently and occasionally laugh out loud. And even when I'm not listening but doing other things, I'll think of something that happened in the book and laugh out loud.
Mr. Johnson - please write many, many, many more Longmire books!!!
George Guidall's voice was the perfect one for this story. If anyone ever sounded like an older sheriff out west, it is he. His performance had a very calming effect, and I enjoyed every minute of the book. I highly recommend it.
Won't tell you - don't want to give anything away!!!
George brought a kind of "down-hominess" to the story.
Yes. I had it on my MP3 player, and it took me only 2 days to finish it. I love to listen while I'm working in the kitchen!
I really loved this series...until it became a romance novel for old men who dream of a young nubile woman falling for them. His relationship and sexual encounters with Vic are just too embarrassing to listen to :(