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.
Craig Johnson's Wyoming tale is brought to life by one terrific reader; I've been parceling this series out, trying to make it last through the holiday season since it's treat to find a series so enjoyable. I've wanted to do "book returns" on some of my audible.com purchases, but not this one! You will not be disappointed.
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The Longmire books are so well written. I suspect this book would have been easier to read than listen to because the plot and cast of characters is complex, and, for me, hard to follow using auditory senses only. Otherwise, I would have awarded it more stars.
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Everything about this novel is amazing. Somehow Craig Johnson was a way of making the most mundane parts of Walt's life seem interesting. The plot overall is very compelling and the mystery isn't easily solved. There is actually some black hearted foes which will push Walt to his limits. All and all this is an amazing book.
This is only my second Walt Longmire mystery but I am totally hooked. The thing I'm liking most about the books is the way the author makes you "feel" the place and how the characters in the story relate to each other and their surroundings. I love how the main characters, Walt Longmire and his best friend Henry Standing Bear, are both so very well educated and so down to earth. i also like the fact that the author brings in humor in small but significant ways throughout the narrative. The humor I noticed most this time took the form of Walt Longmire's self-deprecation and also in his description of Dog's (Walt's other best friend) behaviors. The writing is sophisticated and poetic but very approachable and a joy to listen to. The story line was great and George Guidall is the best ever narrator for this genre.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - This second book is much more interesting and faster-paced than the first book. It has the same beautiful imagery of the frozen Wyoming wilderness, the same touches of Indian culture and most of the same characters. Some listeners might be offended by Vick, the female deputy with the foul mouth, but I love her. She is so bold and predictable that she cracks me up! This story might easily be rated a five, but for some reason it was just not exactly up my alley enough for me to love it so I have given it a four.
NARRATOR - Guidall does a PERFECT Wyoming sheriff character. His voice is deep, coarse and he talks somewhat slowly like you might expect from a laid-back small town sheriff. He does Indian voices and accents well, too. The only reason I can't give him a five is because of his women. They sound way too masculine.
BOTTOM LINE - I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery, but be aware that this takes place in the wilderness of Wyoming. It is not a high-tech crime, and it is not high-tech crime solving.
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
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.
Sherrif Longmire is so laid-back...good at his job but not obsessed with it. His friendship with Henry is endearing because they've been friends so long and are not mushy about it, but you know they would do anything for each other. There is a bit of romance in this one, mixed in with a very good mystery.
The narration is perfect for this book. Guidall's voice sounds older and rural and there was no doubt which character was talking.
I can't wait to "read" the rest of the series. This one's a keeper.
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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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.