work as an artist and art restorer. read at least 48 books a year, because I can listen while I work.
I happen to adore these western mysteries, and have read all of Craig Johnson, may his books continue to be offered on audible... The narrator, George Guidall is excellent, and perfectly suited to these books. the only caveat is that Mr. Johnson employs, the phrase, "I thought about it" a little too often. Otherwise, these books are all terrific. the sherif of Wyoming (mythical county, but real locations) is honest, flawed, and noble. love him.
I was not too impressed with DEATH WITHOUT COMPANY. The story was predictable. So many occurrences prompted me to say, ???Yeah, sure.??? I didn't like the wise-cracking that frequently was part of dialogues, even when very serious events happened. One of the toilet-mouth characters didn't add anything to the story. And some of the characters didn't seem real. I do give credit to the author, Craig Johnson, for writing with wit. He kept me listening even though I thought about quitting a time or two. I had some enjoyment/attraction for the major character, Sheriff Walt.
This is a plea to Mr. Johnson to write more of these stories. I enjoy them from cover to cover...can't get enough.(See my reviews of his other books)
Fantastic read. Enjoyed the humor through out.
I liked everything about this book- the complex mystery that unfolded in a real-life manner, the main character who was sarcastic, funny, and deeply committed to his job, and the creative way he explored and discovered the truth. The narrator was perfect for this book. It was real, heart-felt and interesting.
This series has all the makings of good "murder mysteries". Johnson is a much better writer than the A&E screenwriters who have tried to adapt it for TV. Johnson provides humor and characterization that make the series far more enjoyable than the dark television characters. Guidall as always portrays each character in a way that truly does them "justice".
I have listened to one or two others of the Walt Longmire series and I enjoyed this one very much. A lot happens quickly in the plot and I had to rewind a few times but that was a minor inconvenience. It's a story with some sad and tragic happenings but also some wonderfully strong characters who form strong bonds. The humor runs toward dry and sometimes absurd, not mean, but pointing out our human traits and weaknesses, especially the banter between old friends and among the people who work together at the police department and who frequent the local diner.