Craig Johnson writes really well, his characters are multifaceted, and his plots are unpredictable. This is an excellent series. His plotting and settings remind me a bit of Jamie Harrison and her Jules Clement mysteries.
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This is my 3rd Walt Longmire and I'm officially hooked now. This was the 2nd book in the series so I'll just continue working my way through the series from here on. It's hard to believe Wyoming could be so interesting with so much going on. One thing I've learned and always suspected is that the Wyoming weather must really suck. The state feels like it is one big rock. The people who stick out living there evidently love it in spite of it all. Still the author weaves a tale that keeps you guessing right until the end as to "whodunit". Walt himself is quite the character but all of the characters are vividly brought to life in an entertaining way. If anything it's confusing trying to keep all the twistst and turns of the story straight. But, I enjoyed this one and will look forward to the next one.
George Guidall seems to be reading himself - it is very, very well done. And the story is quite good as well as the main character is quite reachable. I'm a fan.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
I watched a series on T.V. this past summer called Longmire and was surprised to find it taken from a book series. When I was listening to the superb performance by George Guidall I was picturing the characters on the T.V. series. This story covers several generation and I enjoyed the culture information about the Basque, Cheyenne and Crow. The book was better than the T.V. show but the book has more time to build the characters in the story. There is some humor, action, suspense and a who done it, so one can not get bored reading this story. I shall try more in this series.
I screwed up review for One Dog Night. I meant to give all FIVE STARS. Audible techinical said there 's no way to correct a review or redo
This was a wonderful experience...you could almost feel yourself freezing in the snow. There were laugh-out-loud moments and tearful moments but what I like the most about this author is that he describes the scenes with such fine detail that you can practically smell the food cooking or the donuts baking. Truly enjoyable read with enough suspense to keep me listening. I actually cleaned my entire garage before I knew it, all the time listening to Walt and Bear and the irreverent Vick.
I enjoy this book, as I have all of them, and find that it's been very helpful in many ways. When we get to Philadelphia, I have no doubt that I will be able to find the landmarks mentioned in this book and appreciate even more of the finer details.
Sheriff Walt and Henry Standing Bear drive to Philly, along with Dog in Lola, a classic powder blue convertible. Henry is exhibiting some photographs in an art museum show, and Walt came along to see his daughter, Katie, a Philadelphia lawyer. Dog came for the ride. Things are different in the big city - but not that different, as the characters soon find out. Katie is attacked and in serious condition with a head injury as her father tries to figure out who would want to harm her, and why.
There are many people who come in contact with the Westerners as they try to sort out who, what, where, and what it all has to do with Katie.
George Guidall does his usual excellent job of reading and voicing all of the characters. These books should be listened to in order and at the same time, as they build on one another and continue the story. They can stand alone, but the progression of the story is important, and enhanced greatly. The fortunate part is that all of them are relatively short, particularly when listened to on a fast setting, and this makes it possible to get through these in quick succession. Otherwise none of us would ever get anything else done.
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As a young adult, I spent years in Kemmerer WY-at 7000 feet with 2 grocery tires and 13 bars,They had KMER-am just 1 AM radio statin that played rock music for an hour on sunday afternoon, followed by an hour of classical music-then back to country and western for the balance of the week.I actually took my collection Rock and Roll albums over to the station so they would have something new to play The boss wouldn't even consider Strawberry Alarm Clock or the Greatful Dead,, but did ok Neil Diamond and The Beach Boys. It was crazy man!!!
I couldn't wait to get out of the place and back to the California Beaches. I went over to Wyoming for true love and guess what-it didn't work out-he was a roustabout on the oil fields from 5am Monday to 5PM Friday, usually got home b y sunday morning after drinking his way from La Barge, slept all day saturday while I madly washed his clothes to get them ready then we'd go out dancing and kicking up our heels in the bars...I wouldn't go dancing in a bar I was working at (thats all there was for me to do) For a california girl it was a crazy cultural change.. That was over 40 years ago and I never had a desire to go back until listening to the Craig Johnson "Walt Longmire" series. A touch of longing for my youth here.
I just finished the second of the series and have to say that George Guidall gives a real WY voice to the book. That excellent narration along with great twisted plots and Craig Johnsons excellent writing give a beautiful voice to what is a desolate part of our country.
It's easy to compare these to the Tony Hillerman books-but they are much more up to date-after all, Hillermans books are 20 something years old now.
Walt Longmire is a great character and the series is totally about him-I understand A&E had 4 Longmire hour long productions based on the books this year...I missed the first series but look forward to the 2013 season-though the grizzly bearded and mustached Longmire in the books appears pretty clean faced in the prints from the series-there is a reason high country men grow beards and long hair-it keeps them warm. Believe me, as a woman I wished I could grow a beard some days when it didn't reach -20 degrees for weeks.
I have enjoyed hearing the language of the high country-it's different from other parts of the county. Roustabouts talk differently' cattlemen and sheep men talk differently too. Indians speak their own language and when they speak west western english it's unlike any other form of english you've ever heard. Language differences from So Calif to Wyoming were really hard for me to learn--yeah I was a beach bunny with little experience except tending bar...so thats what I did It was a great job for a 20 something back in 1967. I lived cheap in a room over a bar and saved my money so I could move someplace warm-like back to Venice California, where I was by 1973. 6 years in Wyoming is 6 years could as hell 3/4 of the year. But still, I have fondly paged thru photographs, the elementary school my eldest son walked to where he got chased home by a snow plow (we were from So california-he'd never seen a snow plow before.)
This is an excellent well written series. I find some similarity to the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series by Robert Crais in theme and the way the partners play off each other. Elvis Cole has quiet man Joe Pike and Walt Longmire has Cheyane res native Henry Bear....much of the give and take between the 2 sets of partners sounds the same though the clothes they wear wouldn't make the cut.
Try something different-A "Walt Longmire" will pull you in. The are stand alone novels but Ii'm reading them in order...sort of like I did with Tony Hillerman."
Not a lot of Political correctness in these books-they are written pretty true to the feelings-though the natives have a vocal voice I didn't experience In the 1960s...still the books face rural problems like cooking meth andy trouble with drinking on the rez.
A thinking woman/mans hay burner type book. Worth the credit. Betcha ya can't just read one of 'em.
I personally cannot get enough of Walt Longmire!
Craig Johnson is a new favorite author. I am also so happy that the books are worlds better that the TV Adaptation.
Longmire is an interesting combination of deeply engaging & a tough cowboy! One minute waxing philosophic about a mountain range & the next pulling his gun. the dialog is true to the human experiance & Johnsons prose is up there with the best.
I am going to listen to each & every Longmire book & I strongly recommed everyone else does too.
...too light on the cerebral. I liked this book, but Walt needs to be smarter, less "bull in a china shop". It would have been smarter for him to take the old woman to town and let Henry set the trap. The plot being what it is, he still would have had the conflict, but he would have used his head in that Henry was healthier and more likely to be able to stand up to the adversary. This is just the most glaring instance, but there were several others.
Looking forward to the next installment.