Some reviewers have complained about Johnson's liberal use in this book of Dante's Inferno in both plot and quotation, but I found it fascinating . The story moves back and forth between consciousness and unconsciousness, life and death, good and evil, all made entertaining by great dialog, jokes, and description of the natural world.
Usually the two words, "magic realism," are enough to send me racing for the exit, but Johnson's brilliance kept me hanging on to the last word.
There is too little here of everyone's favorite character, Henry Standing Bear, but then, no book has had enough of him. On the other hand, many readers like Vic Moretti just as much, but not me. She doesn't appear much in this one, which was all to the good IMHO. The romance between Walt and Vic bothers me in every book. He's too old, she's too young, plus the little problem that he's the boss and she's the subordinate in the workplace. I haven't finished every book in the series yet, and maybe Walt's common sense will win out here.
No review should fail to mention the incomparable George Guidall. I have no idea what Indian languages should sound like, but his reading of them is convincing, plus he can sing! Of course each character's speaking voice is distinct, and no one else should attempt to render Walt Longmire's voice, fictional though it is.
All in all, this is one of the very best. A good writer stretching and growing, and trying new things. Excellent.
This book is focused on Longmire's perilous pursuit of criminals in the mountains during a snowstorm. This is not a who-done-it; but an exploration of Longmire's determination and psyche. You can feel the cold and danger.
I have listened to HELL ... twice while waiting to "earn" another credit, and I am so glad I did. I had forgotten how amazing this this novel is. Plot developments follow Dante's INFERNO, a classic I have yet to read, and Johnson is masterful at incorporating details of the masterpiece to create a near-masterpiece of his own.. Virgil White Buffalo accompanies Walt on this journey, and in so doing becomes yet another of my favorite Longmire characters. Filled with imagery created by Aligheri and Johnson, as well as American Indian spiritualism, the story pulled at me. So intelligent. I will probably listen to it again - after I read DIVINE COMEDY: INFERNO!
Dreaming and visions and nothing of substance.
Less dreaming, more action.
George excellent as usual
Craig can do better than this.
Yes. The story is complex and has characters I admire.
I find it hard to stop listening to the Walt Longmire stories.
My favorite is Virgil the reclusive giant.
When the sheriff struggles to understand the philosophies towards death that Virgil and his people have.
I would like to offer a review that isn't chopped into little pieces. The things that keep me coming back to these books is that: they DON'T happen in a city; Johnson takes the time to describe the unique harsh beauty of the region; the wisdom of those who spend their lives in one region, one place; the humor and faith between people of profound cultural differences, who've been on opposite sides of a brutal history, and become loyal friends anyway; a mature awareness of, and compassion for, human frailty and our flaws. Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear represent the friend I would like to be, and have, male or female.
Arrrggh! I hate to write this review because I have absolutely loved all of Johnson's Longmire stories.
All of the assets are in the right place but the story is downright silly right from the start.
I also missed all of the usual cast of characters because they are all just small sideline players in this story.
I know this is not my story to judge, it is Craig Johnson's but c'mon now he has Walt acting like a naïve rookie.
I don't want to offer any spoilers but the absolute constant hints about the status of Virgil became boring very early on.
I guess in the end, I won't pan the book completely, it was still wonderfully written with great dialog and fantastic descriptive prose...it's just that he expects us to accept some silly aspects that are so out of character.
Two of the best characters in the series were virtually absent from this book: Vic and Henry. Walt needs the balance of these two in his stories, and without Vic's trademark dialogue and Henry's ability to see into and through Walt, in this story Walt becomes a bit arrogant, thinking he doesn't need any help to stop the killer. There are some great interactions between Walt and a couple of the criminals, as well as a great section with one of the best Longmire characters, Virgil White Buffalo.
Too much time slogging through the mountains, frostbitten, alone, quoting Dante's Inferno.
No - I'm a devoted Longmire fan!
My favorite has to be the repeated interactions between Hector and Walt - classic Craig Johnson, ably assisted by Mr. Guidall's voice acting.
all in all, I'd say not nearly as much as the previous Longmire books.