The Dark Horse kept me guessing from the start to the finish. First I didn't know why Walt was in Absalom, then I didn't know why he was doing what he was doing, then I thought this is the end...he always surprises me in every book.
Sounds corny but Walt makes you want to be a better person. Craig Johnson spins reasonable and believable stories that are always engaging and thoughtful, not to forget funny as hell in parts.
If I say I'll give away the story!
His dilemma on the mesa.
Once again, the story by Craig Johnson is marvelously brought to life by George Guidall's narration. I found the switching back and forth in time a little annoying, as it made the story harder to follow, but the plot line and the characters are both engaging. I love the way Johnson weaves the geography and history of the region into his stories. If you are already a fan, Dark Horse will be just what you want and expect from this series, with a great twist at the end, as usual, and a great animal character, as well. This book has the added bonus of an interview with Johnson and Guidall at the end. It is really nice to hear the two men talk about the novels and life in Wyoming. I hadn't realized how much the narrator had added to the story until I found myself disconcerted to hear "Walt Longmire" talking about George Guidall's experiences. I hope George continues to narrate the series, as it wouldn't be the same if Walt had a new voice. I highly recommend this book.
This is my first Walt Longmire book. In the beginning I thought and commented to my wife 'this is actually going pretty slow, but I don't mind because the narrator is so perfect'. Later the story picked up. Some reviews from those familiar with this series thought the dialog is somewhat tired, but as a first for me, it was not. I read mysteries but not often, and while the ending was a surprise, I recognized it from other books/TV shows I had read/seen. My primary reason for writing the review is to note how much the narrator improved this book.
The voice was just right; it sounded Western; each character was distinct; pace was great; pronunciation perfect; dialog sounded natural.
I'm not going to make a film.
folk music junky
No. I never listen to a book more than once.
Yes. So consistently entertaining. Guidall adds so much to the setting and the characters.
Looking forward to the next in the series.
Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series are the best I've heard to date. George
None that I can think of. The Dave Robicheaux series by James Lee Burke is really good, and Will Patton is an excellent narrator, but they got a little too political for me.
Walt Longmire, or course. However, Guidall does the Indian voices perfectly. I know because I grew up it the area.
Surprisingly, yes. Found myself shouting in my car while listening to key moments in the story.
I am terribly disappointed that there is only one more Walt Longmire in the series that I have yet to listen to. I hope Johnson is working on a new one.
Craig Johnson creates believable characters and George Guidall brings them to life. I'm reading the series in order and have enjoyed each one. It's not the serious part of my reading life, but an enjoyable part to be sure.
I love books!
This was a first time author for me, it was one of those books audible puts up on your pages as being similar to other books you've read. I like crime novels and I thought it would be interesting to listen to a new one set in rural Wyoming, who'd think there would be interesting stories brewing there. But the author does a good job with Sheriff Walt Longmire and the story keeps moving right along. It was pretty good and I'm sure I'll listen to the others.
I love the Longmire series! I also love George Guidall's performance of Walt and Henry Standing Bear. However, I was EXTREMELY disappointed when the voice of Lucian changed from a tenor to a baritone. I would expect the reader (George Guidall) to remember what voice he used for the characters..and if he didn't, to go back and listen to prior books. He also pronounced a couple of the names differently than he had in the past. I will continue with the next in the series but I hope I'm not disappointed.
I haven't read the print version, so I have no opinion on this question.
I liked the connection between the local law enforcement officers and the agents of the FBI.
I like Vic, the holy terror, in this book and in the others of the Longmire series.
No. I like to spread the audio books over 2-3 days of driving to and from the work site.
I began listening to the Longmire series after watching the TV adaptation. This book, and the others, are consistently entertaining. The author is forced to reach a little to make the various plots fit together, but the reach does not diminish the quality. I believe it's best to listen to the series in order...otherwise, some of the characters and their relationship to one another would be confusing.
The subtle humor of the main character and quaint mannerisms of rural west
The background characters that played a significant role in the latter part of the story
Dialog between main character and the FBI agent when wounded and while releasing the horse to ride to the rescue
No because I enjoy breaking them out over a period of time.
I purchased this on a whim because it was a featured book at a discounted price. I enjoyed it and the narrator so much, I've since purchased the first 2 of the series. It was a such a pleasant surprise of a book-so engaging and a real treat to listen to. I'm sure the read is just as good but honestly, the narrator is so enticing to listen to, I'd be hard pressed to actually read the book itself.