Weaving a classic, Dante's Inferno, through this tale and bringing back Virgil, the gentle heroic giant, enhanced the pleasure of listening to this one. Walt is once again so charming and vulnerable, masculine and above all determined to seek justice. The laugh-out-loud quips are wonderful; tears on the brim of my eyes ratify Johnson's mastery of story telling. And so well read! If you decide to read any of the Longmire books, I recommend starting in the beginning.
A lot of reviews compare Longmire books to Hillerman books. This may be true, but it's a mix with Jack Reacher books. I have enjoyed all of both. I'm ready to revisit Joe Leaphorn and Officer Chee. I have laughed and cried in all three series. As soon as I've read the last Walt Longmire book, Tony Hillerman here I come again!
I am a big fan of the Longmire mysteries and this is my second time listening to Hell is Empty. The story is typical Longmire with great characters, an interesting plot with lots of imagery, and great dialog. Craig Johnson has done it again with this novel. One of my all time favorites and the performance by George Guidall brings the story to life and is very easy to listen to. I highly recommend Hell is Empty and all of the other Longmire novels!
However, don't read unless you've read the prior books in the series, especially the first one. Non stop action from beginning to end.
This is an excellent book, it is well-written is well read and it is consistent throughout the novel. I always appreciate excellent writing or themes are carried through and there's good not circular logic.
This is the first book in the Walt Longmire series that - as fascinating as the story line should have been - could not hold my attention. I had to rewind multiple times because my mind kept wandering to issues unrelated to the book. And I was glad when I finally finished it. Normally I am fascinated with how Craig Johnson interweaves the Native American spirit world with Western reality, which is why I should have absolutely loved Hell Is Empty. The difficult parts to fight through were mostly the detailed descriptions of Walt Longmire's physical labors hiking up the mountain in spite of injuries, an incredibly hostile Mother Nature and numerous other adversities - and Walt's long-winded thoughts related to all this. Possibly I should listen to this book again in summer instead of the dead of winter when the world around me was as cold, forbidden, snowy, icy and depressing as the world in the book.
Absolutely. I have read and listened to Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire books (in order) for a little less than a year after a friend raved about them. I am looking forward to listening to and reading the next four (downloaded already) and the one scheduled to come out this year. Just because one book was not to my liking does not diminish the author's incredible talent.
Yes, but only reading the Walt Longmire series. He is the perfect choice. In fact, he IS Walt Longmire. When I look for another good listen, I shall check on what else he has narrated.
This time around no. But as mentioned before, I shall give it another try in the middle of summer to see if that changes my mind.
I love the easy pace of the story telling, waiting impatiently for the mystery to unfold. Mr Johnsons writing is smart without gimmick. The Indian spirits give depth to the story. I am truly enjoying the Longmire Mysteries.
Wonderfully blends a crime story with faith traditions - Virgil is the wise guide needed at every turn. Longmire at his gruff best.