If you are a fan of the series you should listen, just be prepared for a long story of Walt struggling against the weather in exchange for a few good pieces of the series puzzle I am sure you'll need in the future. This 'book' could have been 3 good chapters in a legitimate book. Still love Craig Johnson's writing, it is very strong, but I think the puplisher was pushing for a book so they turned a few good chapters into one.
This story started out a bit on the grim side for my taste with a close up look at some hardened criminals, but quickly evolved into a story of mountain lore and adventure that makes the Walt Longmire series so engaging. There are many references to the previous Longmire stories, so this book may be tough to follow for anyone who hasn't read the other books in the series. But if you are already a fan of this Wyoming Sheriff, you'll find "Hell is Empty" to be a worthy addition to the series. I wasn't sure I was going to like the story when it started, but by the time I was finished it was one of my favorites in the series. The narrartor is well suited to the character and the story makes a great listen. I look forward to the next installment.
Suggest you start with his first novel to meet the characters, and they are characters. George Guidall IS Sheriff Walt Longmire. Even non-mystery readers will enjoy.
Love thought provoking and well written mystery or suspense novels.
Craig Johnson writes a well balanced story - interesting, funny and lots of human interest. His ability to develop characters is wonderful.
George Guidall is the absolute best narrator.
There are laughs, mystery, FBI, Native Americans and just good storytelling here.
George Guidall's performance enhanced an already excellent mystery by Craig Johnson.
There were unexpected laughs at the most surprising moments.
I like the addition of Native Americans in Craig Johnsons books.
Makes me want to move to Wyoming and befriend people similar to who he writes about. No one is too complicated and no one appears to be full of themselves or full of crap. The narrator is perfect!
The characters continue to evolve with each story and "Hell is Empty" continues this trend. This story centers primarily on Walt Longmire. I listened to Craig Johnson's first novel "The Cold Dish" and I eagerly await each new book as they come off the press. The characters are so well developed and interesting that I would listen even if there wasn't a great mystery in each book. Also, George Guidall is the best narrator ever.
I love to read and hope you do too! Audio books are great for people on the go!
I basically like Walt Longmire and I really like the cast of characters that swirl around him, but for some reason this series kinda bugs me. Aw, shucks.... George Guidall is the perfect voice for the series, but sometimes could use a bit more energy. Also, I really get bugged by law enforcement series in which the protagonist always makes the more stupid move, just so the plot will be more "interesting." It's kind of a put-on, contrived, whatever. And having him f*** his (much younger and of course beautiful) deputy, give me a break! Ok, I've said my piece...
I did like the spooky supernatural stuff in this novel, though.
As everyone above has noted, the combination of writer and reader here is simply extraordinary -- easily the finest I've ever experienced. Granted, this latest chapter in the series pushes the envelope insofar as the line between reality and illusion may be concerned, but given the state of America in general these past few months, that's OK by me. How I wish the characters here would spend a week or two in Washington DC -- Vic would kick some butt, the Cheyenne Nation would offer some genuine wisdom, and Ol' Walt himself would restore balance and lift our spirits. In brief, read these books -- ALL of them. They're a supreme achievement.
C.Johnson does not fill the book with empty descriptions just to make more money (paid by the word), every word in his stories only fill out the energy and the scenario enough to place the reader there!
In my experience, his situations ring true, no simpering, no impossible heroics, just believable motivation and action.