Avid reader for 45 years
This is another good Longmire story, although parts the storyline are a little depressing. However, there is humor in the variety of characters and the narrator is excellent.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
Craig Johnson is always a sure thing. Walt, Vic, Henry and Dog are back with a risky, fly by the seat of your pants, covert operation. Walt has taken on a case where the accused is just not fitting his criteria of a murderer and in all good conscience cannot let this sleeping dog lie. A woman is accused of killing her husband and burning down their house and barn. It just so happens that it was located out in one of the roughest parts of the Wyoming countryside. Walt goes sleuthing around under the guise of an insurance agent and gets himself, as usual, stuck right in the middle of some very shady back country folk. They are not used to outsiders and Walt sticks out like a sore thumb. The whole gang is back with some very endearing and villainous new characters that CJ is a master at creating.
The Longmire series is the best, each book is originally clever and exciting. The rare and comfortable relationships between the characters and Walt's layered personality, consistently keep the stories interesting and colorful. George Guidall's narrative and Craig Johnson's writing are a brilliant combination that are without exception, amusing and highly entertaining.
I'm an inventor and author, living in Seattle; an old man, living a full life with Kathy, my first and only wife.
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.
This is the first book that I have read by Craig Johnson and it will be my last. It was both boring and annoying. It was boring because it was so wordy. I just wanted to yell at the author and say, “Get on with it”. I ended up skimming parts because the book dragged so much.
Annoying was the backtracking and the use of times (i.e. 10:32 or 10:53). I never did see the point in the back tracking maybe because it did not add to the story. It just added confusion and lack of continuity.
Living in Colorado and being a camper I am very familiar with buttes. Sound carries in the mountains. Thus, many of the scenes in the book did not ring true.
Bottom line I did not like this book.
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-