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!
I'm a professional dog trainer who loves to read. I have degrees in English and Adult Ed. I love well written books that take me away.
Every book in the Longmire series is an invitation to escape the rainy West Coast, where I live, and relocate in the land and culture of Wyoming in the company of real, complex men and women. Love this world, this landscape, these people - the TV series doesn't begin do it justice!!! I've listened to the entire series and love this book in particular.
Overall this was a good novel, but it just went on too long. Walt is battling the cold and the snow as well as the novel's bad guy, and it's almost as if the novel eventually freezes to death. Don't get me wrong. It's a good read, it has lots of great information, the humor is still there, but for me, the longer the novel went on, the slower it became. The climax of the novel was good, but overall I found the novel a bit unbelievable. How much punishment can one man take? Even so, I found this novel much more believable (and enjoyable) than the episode from the TV series based on this novel. I highly recommend the novel--it's an absolutely vital link in the chain that is Walt Longmire--but it could have been better. Hence, the three stars instead of five for the story. George Guidall was amazing, as always.
Say something about yourself!
Craig Johnson manages to do something different with every new addition to his Walt Longmire series, and in the case of Hell is Empty, he's created one of his most memorable and meaningful novels yet. The majority of the novel follows Walt's one-man hunt for the convicted and escaped murderer Raynaud Shade in the icy hell of the Cloud Peak Wilderness Area at 13,000-foot elevation during a winter blizzard. This cat-and-mouse pursuit unfolds as an extended reimagining and commentary on Dante's Inferno, complete with its own Virgil -- that is, the return of Virgil White Buffalo from Another Man's Moccasins, who happens to be the grandfather of one of Shade's victims, and who may or may not be dead at the time he helps Walt on his quest.
(Needless to say, this is not the place to start the Longmire series. But if you're already a fan, this is a special treat.)
Suffering from a concussion, hypothermia, exhaustion, and the effects of high elevation, Longmire is hardly a reliable narrator, and Johnson satisfyingly offers both mystical and medical explanations for (most of) what happens in the mountains during Longmire's long night of the soul. This seventh Longmire novel transcends traditional man vs. man and man vs. wilderness conflicts to achieve an introspective, philosophical, spiritual tale worthy of Dante (seasoned with plenty of Homer for extra flavor). I completed this with breathless relish.
George Guidall was made to read these books. His narration is perfection.
Yes, already have! I love this series.
Walt is such an iconic character, and the ultimate lawman. Smart, tough, compassionate yet brute, and I enjoy his dry wit. He's a super hero at heart, but completely human and his scars he amasses throughout the books prove it!
Definitely Walt. His portrayal matches how I picture Walt in my own mind, after reading the first book then listening to audible for the rest of the series, and George IS Walt in my mind but his range is exceptional as he also is Vic, a tough Philly female under-sheriff who compliments Walt, on the job and off!
You can take the Sheriff out of the mountains, but you can't take the mountains out of the Sheriff.
Great series, have listened to all of the books in Walt Longmire series and getting ready to run through them again from the beginning. Craig Johnson does a great job in developing all the characters throughout the series and are exceptionally consistent and build upon previous back stories, but any book will still thrill as a stand alone listen. But be warned...you will not stop at one. If you enjoy this series, you will also enjoy the Joe Pickett series by C.J. Box. I wish Joe and Walt could meet in the mountains for a joint thriller. Game Warden, Joe Pickett is the son Walt never had, they'd be great together!!
Loved the book and the narrator's performance. Guidall's voice just seems to go with the characters I have pictured in my head.
I love all the main characters. Vic's attitude, Henry's humor and snarky short responses, Walt's never give up personality. In this one I even liked the main bad guy as he reminded me of an evil Henry.
George seems to capture the character and their personality. If someone else were to narrate these books, I'd probably get them on my Kindle instead.
Always bring backup.
While this book isn't so much about solving a crime as it is catching a bad guy, it's still very enjoyable. There is still some mystery from other sources but it's not the typical Longmire whodunnit.
I thoroughly enjoyed the thriller; "Hell is Empty", book 7 in the Walt Longmire series. The author, Craig Johnson, wrote an excellent story. It was also really enjoyable to listen to because of the narrator George Guidall. He IS, like one reviewer stated, Walt Longmire.
I especially liked the return of the character, Virgil White Buffalo, from the 4th book "Another Man’s Moccasins." It was unclear to me whether Virgil was only a spirit guide or really present with Walt Longmire in the story. That was the mystery for me!
If you are a fan of this series, this may be one of your favorites!
Longmire continues to attract me. He is complex and spiritual without being pretentious.
Longmire and Henry
Plot kept me there but it needed to be digested with each twist and turn so I liked it better as something to savor over time.
Craig Johnson has done well with this character. I like that he develops Longmire in each book and want more of Henry.
So far I have listened to all the Walt Longmire stories, in order, and have thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them. Notwithstanding the TV portrayal, George Guidall sounds like Walt Longmire should sound. The story leaves one wondering whether a man could withstand the hardships encountered in this tale. However, Longmire is the man to do it.