Now that I am retired, I can indulge my lifelong love of books even more!
This book starts approximately one month after the events in The Cold Dish, the first Walt Longmire tale. It is still winter in Absaroka County, Wyoming, and the weather plays a significant part in this adventure. Walt is still trying to recover from things that happened in the prior month, but when his old mentor, former sheriff, and friend suspects another resident in the assisted living home has been murdered, Walt undertakes the investigation. What had seemed to be a natural death of an old woman blossoms into a wild ride of murder, attempted murder, 50-year-old events that are bearing deadly fruit, near drowning, gunshot wounds, and more.
And much of the action is complicated by a Wyoming blizzard. BRRRR! I live near the area where this story is set, and Craig Johnson can really write a great blizzard. I find myself expecting to see snow when I look out the window--and I listened to this in July.
It is a great read/listen.
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.
I listen to audiobooks mainly while commuting 90 minutes a day and when walking. Sometimes when knitting.
I have listened to two others in the Longmire series and really enjoyed them all. It is not the kind of book I would sit down and read through but great for listening. I also like the television series!
Craig Johnson and George Guidall deliver a first class story and performance. In this second book, only a couple of weeks have passed since the end of book one and this allows the listener to become immersed in the characters. I am fortunate that this is a new series for me and I can listen to them back-to-back-to-back. (I am listening to book three and have added all released books to my library). I can say, without giving away the storyline, is that each book adds additional layers to Walt and friends. I can't wait to see where Craig takes us.
I bought the first book in preparation for a trip out west. I will now I be looking for Walt, Vic, and Henry as we drive through Wyoming.
As for George, I can't imagine another voice for Walt. As a matter of fact, I discovered that these books have been made into a TV series. While I enjoy the watching the show, I keep waiting for the actors to sound just like they do when I listen....so far, that hasn't happened.
I love everything about these books.
I don't have a best...I just love these stories.
He does a wonderful job with Longmire's voice.
I just love these stories. I enjoy each and every one of the characters and the man reading these is excellent. Great books.
The narration really makes this story come alive.
The plot had plenty of twists and turns but it fell a bit flat for me. Almost a few too many turns.
Walt Longmire for sure but the female characters that are voiced are just a hoot.
I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
I discovered this series because I loved the show Longmire which was on TV last year. This is the second book in the Walt Longmire series, and I liked this one better than the first (which I really liked!). The characters are well written and interesting. The plot always has just enough mystery to carry the story, and just enough of the characters personally to want to jump right into the next book in the series. The narrator is perfect for the Longmire character, and perfect to keep me entertained--
I can't say enough good things about this book--looking forward to listening to many more!!
We get to meet Lucian. This character is funny, sobering and needed to understand the specific nature of change in the far West. The West is not and never was the version Hollywood wanted to tell, but those facts do not mean it was without interest. Johnson has made selections that separate him from most of the other writers who have interest in the culture, character and decisions in this landscape. In all honesty Elmore Leonard seems to guide the bad guys in this novel and Johnson does well with the problems.
The best part of a second book is getting to know that characters will continue and knowing them may well mean sharing them with the author's interest. Honestly though it is not necessary to beat up the main character all the time.