This is the seventh Walt Longmire book I've listened to. I am an avid fan and have really liked all of the books so far. This one really missed the mark for me, primarily because a lot of the story is dedicated to the mystical/supernatural, which means that much of the focus is on Walt (and no other characters) and it's not clear where reality ends and the mystical begins . This had annoyed me in the first book, A Cold Dish, but there it was only a small fraction of the story. In Hell is Empty, it is a major part of the story, and in my opinion, it made the story boring. I almost didn't finish. I held out, hoping the ending would make up for slogging through the "in-Walt's-head" parts, but it did not.
Guidall takes an improbable plot line and gives it credibility.
I have listened to all of the Longmire mysteries. In Hell is Empty Longmire is on his own in the high mountains pursuing multiple evildoers and his actions (and survival) are reckless and improbable.I missed the interactions with his deputies, friends and family. At the same time I look forward to the next book due out this spring.
Once I found Craig Johnson, I couldn't get enough! Hell is Empty is yet another fantastic story in his wonderful Walt Longmire series. George Guidall is one of the best narrators for audio that can be found which is an added bonus for this book. I can't wait for the next from both!
Hell is Empty is definitely one the best audio books I've listened to this year. The book initially struck me as all action with the characters we grown to know sidelined. But then the action turns into something more. It turns into some kind of journey through hell. Though hell is a frozen mountain. And hell has a seven foot tall guide that may be real or just a hallucination.
The Walt Longmire series is usually very down to earth. Hell is Empty may not be as firmly rooted in reality but I will listen to this one again.
He does a wonderful job on all the voices.
I don't know....
Looking forward for the next one coming out.
I love Craig Johnson's writing; this is the sixth in the Longmire series I've read. However, this story is weak; there is little mystery and even less plot. Longmire is engaged in a super-human chase of an insane criminal whose objective is unclear and, when finally revealed, is lame. Much of the book seems to take place inside Sheriff Walt's head, who is apparently hallucinating while experiencing . Johnson's strength is in character development, and I enjoyed the return of Virgil White Buffalo to Walt's life, who, I'm afraid, may have only been in Walt's mind. So, while I will read others, this didn't measure up to the level of others in the series.
I enjoyed George Guidall's reading as much as ever.
Yes, but with the advice to not get too bored during the "spirit contact" episodes. That part seemed to go on and on (and on).
Cut back on the spirit contact content - it drug on too long.
Fuidall always does a fine job.
NO, not if it means more of the spirit talk stuff.
I love books!
I'd have rated this one higher than 5 stars if I could have, it was that good. Craig Johnson really out did himself with this story. He left all of Walt's staff and friends behind and had Walt going up a mountain by himself chasing the bad guys when he had every reason not to. But then, that's Walt Longmire and the more we get to know him the more we like and respect him. I'd say that Walt sure could retire after this adventure and no one could fault him. But, I know he doesn't retire as I'm on to "As the Crow Flies".
It ranks at the top of my list.
Yes, all of twists and turns of the story were both suspenseful and at time humorous.
He helped bring the suspense to the necessary height and also the humorous parts.
George Guidall brought to your mind the scene of the harsh environment, the overwhelming obstacles that had to be faced in order to survive. It was hard to stop listening and I couldn't wait to get back to the story.
I found it completely implausible that Walt would be up to the task the book set for him. His repeated refusal to show any type of common sense in an increasingly dangerous and outlandish situation, just ruined it for me. and I LOVE these books. SPOILER ALERT, there is just now way that a man unaccustomed to high altitude could survive the rigors of that situation over a period of three days with no food or water or rest, as happens in the book.
make the scenario more plausible. have him maybe drink some water, or eat some food, or perhaps take a nap? or wait for henry, who was close behind? the other characters in the series, henry, vic, etc are so awesome, it is a shame to use them so poorly. i did love the inclusion of a more vocal Virgil.
listened to them all. this was the worst of the lot. the junkyard one was fairly meh as well.
everything past the pint of the snowmobile crash.