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 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.
I listen to audio books while working.
That's all -- we enjoyed every one of his books and want both writer and narrator (such a good match for the character) to continue to be made into audio.
While the first book in the series will always have a special place in my heart, of the rest, this might be my favorite. I've loved them all, but I devoured this one.
I enjoyed the Walt-centric book. I have no doubt that the next book will be a full-cast wedding extravaganza or something along those lines, so I enjoyed this pause in the larger story arc.
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!