I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.
I taught many students from native tribes at Albuquerque HS. With no understanding of the different customs and beliefs of native peoples, I often felt a lack of connection with many of the students. I wish I had read the Walt Longmire series before that teaching experience. Because I lived near many reservations and love the desert west, I feel a strong connection to these stories and the people in them. Learning about the many differences among the native peoples, I am hoping to overcome my "belacaana" shortcomings.
The novel centers around Walt’s daughter’s wedding plans and the death of a young Indian woman, Audrey Plain Feather. Did she and her baby fall from the mountain top or was she pushed. The woman is killed and the baby survives the fall.
There are many subplots as usual and the reader is kept in suspense to the end as with all of the Longmire novels.
In this novel we are introduced to a new neophyte female tribal Chief of Police, Lo Lo Long. She is fresh from Iraq with a gung ho attitude, and no experience in law enforcement. There is also an FBI agent with his own agenda. There is an episode in the book where Longmire gets acquainted with peyote and takes a drug induced trip. This scene, although interesting, was not, in my opinion, necessary to the plot.
Henry Standing Bear, Longmire’s long-time friend, and Vic Morretti, his Undersheriff, all shine in this and add some lighter moments accompanied by humorous dialog.
Craig Johnson’s description of the Wyoming landscape is beautiful and his narrative gives a true sense of the modern day Indian culture as well as their traditions such as the Indian wedding.
Too much like watching an old episode of Columbo or one of those other TV detectives from the 70's. I finished it but it was pretty predictable. I couldn't wait for it to be over so I could start on another book.
Guidall really does Craig Johnson's novel justice. He's perfect for these books. I particularly enjoyed this one. It's like going on vacation without leaving your ... in my case ... desk. It's especially nice when you're interrupted and don't return for weeks at a time, which in this case was 3 weeks. But I could pick it up and it was like an old friend. Longmire's second in command isn't around much in this story but his daughter is planning her wedding which leads to some interesting plans of her own. Plus the new chief of the tribal police, especially the way Walt describes her, seems to be a tantalizing distraction. But the wedding finally comes off without a hitch, in such vivid detail you almost feel like you're an invited guest.
Once again, as usual, I thoroughly enjoyed the Walt Longmire sheriff story.
It was very enjoyable. I especially liked his daughter's wedding plans that was a part of the story in the background. The wedding was very touching at the end of the story.
I also enjoyed the new police chief of the Cheyenne Nation, Lola Long. It was great how Sheriff Longmire helped her out in the investigation.
Enjoy!! Also fabulous narration by George Guidall, as usual!
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I would definitely try another book by Craig Johnson and ANY book narrated by George Guidall. George Guidall's performance NEVER disappoints.
The most interesting aspect of the story was the manner and circumstance in which the victim died.
The least interesting and most predictable aspect was when Sheriff Walt Longmire (a.k.a. "the white guy") was invited to participate in a peyote ceremony. Then the white guy along with his native sidekick (acting as babysitter) has a vision that most Natives never experience. Of course the vision holds answers to the mystery that could not have been introduced into the story through logic and deduction.
I also get a little tired of all the achingly beautiful women characters. The men are not devastatingly handsome, they are grizzled, have interesting, checkered pasts and I love them: Walt and his "fat ass", Lucien's 90 year-old, one-legged badass self, large Brandon White Buffalo, and legless Lonnie Little Bird ("Yes, it is so.").
Lolo Long is the native version of Vic, angry, beautiful, statuesque, tough. A supermodel in a cop uniform. Vic is described as beautiful, but she's interesting because of her filthy mouth, her cop background, and her no BS take on, well, EVERYTHING. I want more character from the women, not pouting perfection, flashing (jasper/tawny/glint of gold) eyes, and a drop of sweat (just a drop) nestled near the base of their dainty throats.
Henry Standing Bear. George Guidall nails the character, I can't watch the TV show because Lou Diamond Phillips doesn't come close to Henry Standing Bear as performed by George Guidall.
I love the Walt Longmire books because they take place in the high plains. I moved to the high plains seven years ago and love the feel of the old west and the ancient land. After reading the books, I have greater curiosity about where I live and I want to explore the history of these unique small towns. I actually happened upon Longmire Days by accident. I was looking for a weekend trip, my daughter mentioned the haunted Occidental Hotel in Buffalo, WY and a hike in the Bighorn Mountains. When we drove into town and I saw The Busy Bee Cafe, it dawned on me, "HEY, THIS IS DURANT, WYOMING!" I came back the next weekend for Longmire Days. Lots of fun!
I wish I loved the TV show. I like the casting for Walt and Vic (she could be sassier, more like her character in the book). Branch isn't really a character in the books, but Bailey Chase's development of Branch fits nicely. I was disappointed when Lucien's character was introduced into the show, but I do realize that if all the characters weren't younger in the TV series, it wouldn't have much of a run. Still and all, I wish the TV show reflected the books more. The episodes seem to be a blending of several stories, hazy, foggy and floating-- not crisp and snappy. The TV show doesn't have the same authenticity as the books.
The Walt Longmire series is a favorite. I will listen to the series again and I can't wait until Craig Johnson writes more. With humor and compassion, Johnson tells a great story!
It's a toss-up; I love Walt and Standing Bear, they are amazing!
The narrator brings the characters to life. He enables me to envision each scene with clarity. Guidall is the perfect narrator for this series.
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While I really enjoy the "Walt Longmire" books, it's the whole cast of characters that make this an amazing series: Henry, Vic, Ruby, Dog.... Even when the plot involves chasing murderers, there is humor and great one liners.
I love the Longmire books. George Guidall makes each character come alive while Craig Johnson combines humor and mystery in a heartfelt manner. Sheriff Longmire is so human that you feel like you know him personally. Another great listen by the perfect combination of author and narrator.
Yes, the performance is so convincing and the author truly makes you feel as if you are a part of the story.
Walt - love his dry sense of humor and knowledge of people.