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!
Say something about yourself!
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.
Great Books Don't Promote Violence
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.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
I make no excuses regarding my gushing ardor for Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire stories and must report that according to my sensibilities, this one is the best story yet! These aren't "Westerns" by any measure, just stories of a wonderfully lovable sheriff in a western states setting.
There was very little violence in this one sans the opening fall from a cliff by the murder victim; Walt uses his intellect and ability to relate to people to solve the mystery. Along the way he nurtures and mentors a would-be native American police chief and struggles with his emotions regarding his own family. It is a great story where love and familial bonds both go wrong and right.
I enjoyed it immensely. After all, who wouldn't love a contemporary set-in-Wyoming crime drama that ends in a wedding?
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.
I enjoy listening to great detective mysterie & also great thrillers. I enjoy books also by Vince Flynn, David Baldaci including assasins.
Kindness Goes Unpunished. Longmire has Indian spirits to help him.
He adds to the characters. Makes them seem sooo real.
Yes when the crows help him in the end.
I enjoy Craig Johnson's series of Sherriff Longmire. Please keep writing them.
This book has a lot of good reviews before mine, so it's hard to find something original to say at this point.... so I'll just agree.
I have listened to 4 books in this series and this one is among the best. I also think the Longmire series has progressively grown better with age. While all the stories seem to drag just a tad too much at times, overall, they are far better than average and definitely worth the time and credit!!
George Guidall is the best and proves it yet again with a smooth, endearing narration.
Be advised that this one teeters on the mystical just a bit, but it's balanced and makes sense in the end. I recommend this one and the series - especially for those of you who like taking on a good series!!
I like all the Longmire books, and in particular, the way George Guidall narrates them. He voices old men, young men, tough women, more timid women-all so well you think you are listening to multiple voices, and not just his. This story takes place primarily on the Indian Reservation-and away from his office and usual cast of deputies. Of course Standing Bear takes a central role, as the two of them witness a death they investigate along with new character, Chief Lolo Long of the tribal police. I liked a preponderance of Indian lore in this tale. The characters are peppery, feisty, and rich in background. Craig Johnson writes with his usual humor, and the story moves along very quickly. He is a smart writer, and I recommend this book to any fan of Walt Longmire.