Don't watch the T.V. show but I have read all of the books and this one had some parts that were so funny that I had some wonderful belly laughs!
The description of how "Grampus" got injured is a treasure and if it doesn't make you laugh out loud, you'd better have your funny bone checked!
I can't imagine anyone else doing Johnson's novels justice. I have a clear picture of each character because of Guidall's voices.
Wouldn't do it. No actors I can think of fit my idea of the characters.
This whole series is priceless and I thoroughly enjoy each one. I love that area of the country and appreciate the way Johnson portrays and describes it. Can't watch the T.V. series because the actors don't fit the picture in my mind of the people in the book and I enjoy "my" characters too much to sacrifice them for any actors.
Still love the interaction between Walt and Henry. Not sure about Vic. She has a crappy attitude.
Walt's empathy for his deputy.
There is a certain pace in his reading that is very believeable and has you totally wrapped up in the dialogue.
I'm reading Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series in order, and loving them all! "Junkyard Dogs" is one of the best - beautiful writing, funny in places and a great story. All enhanced by the outstanding narration of George Guidall. I seldom "re-listen" to books, but I expect I will, with this series.
I find I like reading these books in print a great deal. I think it may be a generational tick because I need more time to let memories roll through the language. This book is so strong in story and humor that the gorgeous voice of Guidall can hold everything in one place so well that the joy of a good story, a funny story, and the real pleasure of listening are a single experience.
Opening sequence - I was surprised how hard I was laughing after only a few minutes into the opening. And the rest of the book was classic Johnson - just wonderful.
George's gritty vocalization adds a lot to the atmosphere of this series... and despite this, his female characters are realistically represented as well. Nice job.
I love Walt Longmier's humility, and Craig Johnson's dry sense of humor. I'll find myself suddenly 'getting' the humor, which is expertly woven into the dialog.
The more I listen to Johnson's books, the more unhappy I am with what has been changed about the characters in the TV show. The characters as represented in the books are realistic, deeply emotional, fallible human beings that are easy to identify with. And Vic is a hoot!! The Vic in the TV series is a pale, much watered down version of the original... so much so that they may as well just get rid of her. That Vic has NONE of the originals' spunk and individuality, a unique character that adds so much to the dynamics of the group. This is not to be critical of Katie Sackoff... she's great. It's what she's being given to work with that is lacking.
In the top 10%
I dont think the question pertinent. It should be "Did the story hold your interest"? and it did, thoroughly. With the added benefit that it did NOT stress me with more intensity than I like my leisure activities to inspire.
He is perfect as Longmire.
I found the whole thing very satisfying. Moved me? Life moves me enough, challenges me enough, stresses me enough. Something like a Longmire story is nourishing. A good man battles the big bad world for us and is gently amused and tender of our eccentricities.
Truly the beginning of this story is one of the funniest things I have ever heard. The story is great and as usual the narrator is subperb
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While I wasn't crazy about the plot, an "okay" book by Craig Johnson is better than 99% of most other authors. The lesson about "how not to clean a chimney" (kerosene, grandpa and a rope tied to a car) still makes me laugh just thinking about it.
The humor and characters in this story will reel you in! Craig Johnson is a very descriptive writer and I enjoy his style. These Walt Longmire series are favorites of me and my husband. I enjoy his interactions with "the locals" in this book. The story will take a twist, a double meaning in the title!