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This is not my usual genre (mysteries set in Wyoming solved by a local sheriff), but after reading so many great reviews of the series I decided to try one. I have enjoyed every book so far. The stories are so well written and the characters are so well developed that the reader is completely pulled in right from the start. Recommended for fans of mysteries.
This is a good listen. The characters Walt and Henry keep you wanting to hear more.
Henry, his gentle wisdom is refreshing.
I'm amazed how addicting he makes the characters. His reading of the characters make you see them in your mind. Love it. He really makes the characters come to life.
And the truth be told.
I have enjoyed all of the series by Craig Johnson. George Guidell gives each character a voice of their own. Henry Standing Bear is my favorite and has the best comedy lines.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
Another complex and emotionally invested "mystery" novel. It is true that many of the supporting cast are not present in this book (because Walt leaves them behind to go "undercover"), but I don't think that hurt the story at all. There wasn't much room (or need) for the sidekicks here.
It might have been a bit more "hands on" than previous books - where Walt has to physically interact with the "bad guys", but this whole thread had a secondary motive: to help Walt purge some of his internalized anger. Yeah, Walt is an angry man... an angry man who works for the "good" side, but still very angry. I think the events in this book might have helped purge him of some of that (and we shall see for sure in the next Walt installation).
The mystery might actually have been a bit more detailed than usual, and I liked the flash forward way the story was told for the bulk of the book. This difference in the story telling method actually helped differentiate this book from others in the series (after all, after awhile, books with the same characters, in the same setting, solving mysteries, might become hard to distinguish from each other).
The narrator *is* Walt Longmire. There is some swearing but it is not excessive. There is no sex or graphic violence (though there is violence). I have bought the rest of the series from Audible.
First of all, I love the narrator, George Guidall. He could almost make any story sound good, but when you add such good writing by Craig Johnson to his narration, it can’t be anything but good.
I loved the part about the Dark Horse and Longmire which you will enjoy in the last third of the book.
You will not be disappointed in this Longmire story. I hope he keeps writing them.
I enjoyed the story. A little different than other Walt Longmire stories, but interesting.
The ending had a surprising twist. Very enjoyable.
The performance of george Guidall was excellent, as always. I love his interpretation of "The Cheyenne Nation" Love the way the author depicts this character. Walt, as always, is a very restful character to imagine.
The inclusion of an interview with the author disappointed me. The time allotted to the iterview was very long. I listen to these audio books while taking my daily walk and was not at all iterested i listening to an iterview. I prefer the entertainment of listening to George Guidall tell the story.
So far this has been my favorite book of the series. I enjoy all the main characters and how they interact, although in this book we don't get to see much of Vic and Henry. As in the last book this one goes back and forth between the past and the present, although this time it's just a few days and is used to explain how Longmire ended up undercover. Another county sends a woman to Longmire's jail and he believes her innocent so he goes undercover to find out what really happened. We're introduced to marvelous secondary characters and even a few horses.
At the end of the book is an interview between the author and the narrator so you get to learn how the author came up with the different ideas for his books.
The narrator did his usual great job.
another nail biting book. Good plot and several surprizes along the way. Made you root for the main character
yes, went into detail as to what Walt was thinking as different things were happening
Walt riding the black horse in the dead of night
This story had a lot more interaction with horses then the other books in the series and that was fun to listen to. The love hate relationship that old cowboys have with their mounts is a tough one to capture with words but Craig Johnson hit the nail on the head.
Love him as the voice of Walt Longmire, I can't imagine anyone elses voice for the narration.
I've enjoyed all the Walt Longmire books so far. Craig Johnson and this series are not among my all time favorites, but they are entertaining enough to recommend, and are worth your time and money.
George Guidall is my all-time favorite narrator and he fits this series to a tee. He's even better in this series than he is in the Mitch Rapp books by Vince Flynn.
Anyway, I haven't felt that any of the Craig Johnson - Walt Longmire books are "Can't Put Down", and I do find myself drifting at times from these books. There seems to be too many side conversations and small events that aren't really related to the story, and go beyond describing the way of life and times of living near an Indian Reservation in Wyoming.
If you haven't already found him, James Lee Burke is a fantastic Americana style writer in this genre and is one of my all-time favorites. I would highly recommend him and his Dave Robicheaux series. As for Walt Longmire, I will probably continue listening to the rest of the books, but I'll take breaks along the way.