Walt is terrific and I love Henry Standing Bear. THe whole series is
great. The TV series is ok too.
A good story needs a handle, something to catch one's attention. For me, I enjoy learning about a location (Australia through the eyes of Inspector Bonaparte; author Upfield) or about how a man or woman does what they do while coping with real life that is not monolithic. (Think Inspector Gamache who must solve crimes while liking people. Author Louise Penny). Or about a trade. Think Homer Hickam's stories about coal mining.
Here, Sheriff Longmire cannot finish the walls on his house nor take a drive without a beer. He yearns to step down as sheriff. What he can do is look beneth the surface of rural ne'er do wells and not leap to conclusions. And author Johnson gets the reader to do the same.
The location of the story is the modern rural Rockies at the edge of the reservation. Although I quite like tony Hillerman's books about the Navajo Nation, where I lived for 15 years, the perspective here is from the non-tribal side. Again, no stereotyping into wife and black. More typical of actual edge of reservation life, in my opinion.
Put more simply: CHARACTER, LOCATION, NARRATION AND A MYSTERY. What's not to enjoy? Worth a credit.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The narration was exceptional. I loved the narrator's character distinctions. He was truely awesome. The story itself was captivating too. I would recommend this book for listening.
Having never read the book, only listened to the audio, I can't comment on the book, but will say the audio was fantastic and the narrator did an outstanding job on the characters. My only thought was when he was narrating someone that was supposed to be young, they sounded much older.
I couldn't stop listening to this book and often would just sit in my car to not want to stop.
The dry humor in throughout the book was the best.
I don't think there is any audiobook I would want to listen to all in one sitting!
Say something about yourself!
I love the dry humor of this character, the pacing of the book kept my attention, and the reader is excellent! I bought this on a $4.95 sale--out of order--to try a new author. This book is 5th or 6th in the series but easily stands alone. Now, I am going to finish the series. I like a variety of genres, but I want them well-written. Craig Johnson strikes all the right notes. You will like this book, give Walt Longmire a run, you'll be glad you did!
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
This is mid of the road sort of detective novel. I found it a bit self-serving. The twists were obvious and you could hear them coming ten minutes before they hit. I'm not terribly sorry I read it, but I'm not sure I'll re read it. And I reread everything I really like.
I enjoyed the book. It had some funny areas mixed in with a very good mystery. The interview at the end was most enjoyable.
Flight attendant. Love to "read" while I'm walking.
The main character. He was someone you wanted to know, to have over for dinner. He was warm and yet you knew he's the guy you'd want on your side in a dark alley.
I am looking forward to other books by this performer
I have listened to each Walt Longmire novel prior to this one and each one has gotten progressively less interesting. Reading the reviews of this one I thought the trend had been reversed and bought it on hope. This is the worst one yet, boring like listening to paint dry. Two and one half hours into it and Henry Standing Bear is no where to be found. When Walt started singing some horrible song from his youth I threw in the towel and went shopping for something else. This is good bedtime listening, it should put you asleep in about 5 minutes, quicker than Ambien with no hangover.
This might have been a good book if I had read the three others in the series first. Reviewers said that this wasn't necessary, so I plunged in. Found the action very hard to follow without having any background on the characters or what went before. Some series you can do this with because the author updates you at the beginning of the plot. This wasn't one of them!