I'll agree with a lot of the Craig Johnson reviews in that I likewise believe Johnson has improved over the years. Likewise, Johnson is a believer in the supernatural to some extent by weaving and ethereal spirit into his stories - more frequently in his latest books.
This one goes a little too far for my liking; however, I still recommend the book - especially for fans of Johnson and the Walt Longmire series. It's one of the better books in the series and is a can't miss for fans.
On a big picture basis; however, Johnson is not in my Top 10 favorite authors. His character development is good and his ability to put together a story worthy of a good novel, I still find that Johnson wanders too much. I find myself drifting too often due to boredom for him to be classed among my all-time favorites.
Still, I recommend this book, it's definitely above average as are most in the Walt Longmire series. I'll continue to pick out more Longmire stories along the way when I don't have any of my favorites to go through.
As usual, George Guidall is a GEM!! These types of stories are right in his wheelhouse and he nails it.
This is an interesting turn for the series, which has dealt a little with the metaphysical before, but not to this degree. On the surface this a story of a sheriff tracking escaped convicts though a blizzard in the mountains of Wyoming, but it's really about a sheriff challenging himself to face the elements of nature and of human nature. It's a time for a lot of personal change and contemplation for Walt since his daughter is about to get married, and that's only magnified by the solo time he spends fighting the escaped prisoners and the elements to stay alive. Does he have a spirit guide on the journey, or is it all a journey in his mind?
While the metaphysical might not be to everyone's liking and some readers will miss the involvement of the usual cast of characters (they're all there, but they're generally not a part of what's going on throughout the story), it's still an enjoyable and satisfying part of the Longmire series. Guidall, as usual, is spot-on perfect throughout.
You may walk around in this one for a while. I can still feel it. A departure of sorts for Walt, though the author is careful to craft different settings for his characters. Nothing is formulaic, least of all this one. Not really a mystery, more of a thriller since you know who the bad guys are from the beginning. Very good.
I have been a fan from the first book to this one of Craig and George, Craig has a knack for capturing a truly dying breed of men and women and George has a knack for bringing them to life... For personal reasons this is my favorite book by Craig to date. If you have not listened to any of the Walt Longmire series and you like a little comedy with some hard core life and death situations, all of Craig's books are great. If you have never listened to a book narrated by George you are in for a huge treat. This is a wonderful book. Thanks again, both of you! Jean
If this is your first Craig OR George you are in for a treat because it only gets better. Put them all on your wish list. If I say this wasn't my favorite Walt book it is only because the others were so good. For aficianados, this one has less of the familiar characters but I undestand it... Sort of a paean to Hemingway maybe? Totally stands on its own but leaves me breathless for the next full-bodied Walt. Heck...just read what I said and put back the 5th star. Craign is filling the hole Robert B. Parker left in my life. ALMOST...RBP RIP....
I have had a library card wherever I've lived, & always have a book in progress. Fell in love with Audiobooks when my 70 yr old eyes couldn't keep up with my reading. Mysteries are my favorite, but last enjoyable read was "Fifty Shades of Grey" WOW Sensual reading, but it had my interest ! I'm not dead yet!
The adventures of Walt Longmire & friends have been so enjoyable that I could hardly wait to dive into "Hell Is Empty" However, this latest did not hold my interest & was nothing like Johnson's previous novels. Even with George Guidall's wonderful narration, this one was dull & disappointing.
i love craig johnson books but this one I could not give a five star rating. i enjoy them more with more involvement of his other characters. but still suspenseful to the end. a little slow at times but that goes with the character walt.
I love George Guidall and he is Walt. I could listen to him all day and have bought books just because he was the narrator. With that being said, I was bit disappointed that the full cast of characters did not have a bigger part in the book. It is the whole cast that make these books so entertaining. This is also the first book I actually questioned some of Walt's actions. It seemed that the book was a little on the short side but that may be because I never want them to end;. Still worth the time and money.
I missed Vic and the humor of Johnson's other books. This was just to dark and often times confusing.
Listening to Hell is Empty actually was not enjoyable, but I loved it! This story deals with the horrific murders of a serial killer and the author digs deep into his mind. It was hard to listen to some of it and, unlike previous Walt Longmire novels, there was relief but no joy at the end of the story. Good people are still gone.
The author weaves together many background stories and perspectives into this book and you really have to pay attention! I used the 30 second back feature on my ipod several times!
One of the Walt Longmire TV series episodes is based on this story. However, it is not nearly as complicated or dark as this novel!