I already HAVE recommended this series to several people because the characters are well drawn and the narrator captures their individual essence. There is so much that rings somewhat true to rural areas of the high plains.
Each of the books have been the kind of book that you don't want to stop listening too. I have devoured the entire series in the past few weeks and now I'm sad that I have to wait so long for the next one.
I'm not sure if I would describe this as "edge of your seat" but it definitely keeps your attention. Having Walt and Henry plan a wedding is truly funny - particularly with both of them dealing with the bride with some trepidation.
I liked that Walt wasn't in as much bodily peril with this book - he needs to heal up! I also loved the travels with Henry and Walt in the much maligned Rez Dog. I missed the Sheriff's staff but this was a wonderful part of the series and I agree with another reviewer in that I laughed out loud several times. May Walt, Henry and the crew continue for many years!!
great listening fun
The introduction of a new character in Chief Long
Timing, depth and additional humor. He is definitely the voice of Henry.
No, my husband and I enjoyed savoring it over a series of excursions
Author Craig Johnson has developed a memorable series with Sheriff Longmire, but all the previous books I have listened to have had some confusing plot sequences and tended to linger on overdone self-reflection or description to the point of being repetitive. The books had a lot of loose ends that one overlooked because of the strength of the character development and the engaging and smart writing style. In this book, Johnson pulls it all together in the right balance of plot, character, and humor. It is his best one yet and just plain good fun to listen to. George Guidall is the perfect reader for it as well.
I will definitely listen to this and all of the Longmire series again. Craig Johnson gives us wonderful characters with savvy and humor, then George Guidall brings them to life. Finishing the latest book in the series has left me feeling like my best friends have gone on a long trip and I can't wait for them to get back
I sometimes have a suspect in mind - and sometimes it is the right one, but I never really know until the last minute. There are always plot twists that I don't expect.
I love audio books in general because they make the book come more alive for me. George Guidall is an exceptionally fine reader. His voices leave no doubt as to which character is talking and each voice is rich and fits perfectly with the character it portrays.
If you love Westerns, you'll love this one.
The characters are so real and the story is smooth. The books are suspenseful, funny and charming - all at the same time.
The character development
Guidall makes the sheriff and native american voices just pop - bringing them to a level of such believability, it's amazing.
I have no idea - lol. But my first impression of the book (its cover) wasn't "up my alley" - and now I wonder how many other books I've overlooked due to this. The fact that it's a 'western' shouldn't stop anyone from reading/watching this series.
Can't wait for the next book - and please George Guidall....keep narrating. :)
The narration and storyline of this series is just fantastic. I love the characters, the writing, the dialog, the narrative performance is as good as it can be. I hope I can find a writer that can entertain me as well as this one. This series is a true literary gem.
This is the last book (#8) in the series. I tried to make it last as long as I could because I didnt want to see my ol' friends (Vic, Ruby, Bear,Dog and the rest) ride off and leave me. Read the first one 'The Cold Dish' and Johnson will rope you in. The Longmire series has such great believable characters who know each other, care for each other but can really throw some wickedly funny barbs at each other. Vic has such a quick mouth there were many times she just made me laugh out loud. Bear, knows Walt inside and out and is just about the only one Walt will really listen to but he can still give him a good chewing when and if he wants. This has been a great series and I am sorry it is over, and I am just drooling in anticipation of the next book. I do wish the next book would be longer, not just a piddley 7 -8 hours!!! One thing I do want to add, If you are watching the TV Longmire series that thing is a "Somebody Done Somebody Wrong" Song. Yes, I like it but no where near as well as the books. They got a pretty short Bear and Vic has dark hair NOT Blonde. Keep it real guys!
George Guidall's performance makes all of the characters come to life. He is so connected to Walt Longmire in my mind I can't imagine anyone else reading this series.
I know it's sort of cliche but I identify most with the main character, Walt Longmire. He's everything you could want in a hero. Strong, smart, emotionally available and with a great sense of humor.
The nuanced way he reads each line quickly makes you forget your listening to a book and puts you right into the story.
Maybe some laughs occasionally but not much crying.
I've enjoyed this series from the very beginning and my biggest complaint is that I have to wait for the next one! Like all of the books in the series it's enjoyable from the start and never lets you down. My only complaint, and it's a small one, is that like the past couple of books the story takes Walt out of town and thus many of the series characters play much smaller parts in the story than one might like. Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed the book from start to finish.
Continues the saga.
Well the is Walt, but without the supporting cast of Henry Standing-Bear and Lola . . .
George never disappointa
Guidall is one of my favorite narrators. He is a perfect choice for the Longmire books. His pacing, his voices, and his subtle dramatic flair add enormous value to the books he reads.
Not my favorite book in the Walt Longmire series, but still an enjoyable experience.
This may appear again now and then.
Dear God: Please let this man write another book soon and please let me be here to listen to it. I can't say something like 'even his worst book is good' because I can't think of anything he's done that is worse than anything else.
Before I post this list I have to say that Sandford, Parker and MacDonald are EXTRA special. And Richard Ferrone as John Sandford's voice is an amazing match. Like George Guidall with Craig Johnson and pretty much anything George reads.
Robert B. Parker lived in this space for me as did John D. MacDonald. Currently, Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, John Hart, Craig Johnson, John Lescroart, William Kent Krueger Ridley Pearson ,and Jonathan Kellerman. Some others are really good but these guys have something special. If you are into mystery-thrillers I just gave you a back catalog I wish I could have...but I HAVE had it and it is an incredible treasure. I stopped going to libraries and swap places just so I can encourage these guys by sending them money. Please enjoy.
P.S. Adding Brian Freeman.