...I'm a little bit in love with Walt Longmire. I just want to make this clear up front.
The Serpent's Tooth is the latest (9th) in the Longmire series and it is excellent. I really enjoy Johnson's imagination and his wry sense of humor and he is a skilled storyteller. He also does a wonderful job of presenting both characters and places so that the reader feels "present" for both. Sheriff Walt Longmire is, of course, the heart of the story which has Walt trying to deal with a fundamentalist Mormon cult which has invaded his county and is causing a variety of serious difficulties. Johnson has written a great plot in this one.
The story begins with Walt in an interview with an old woman who has angels in her house and ends with a hard tug at the readers heart, but in between Johnson pulls in murder and mayhem, love and loss and laughter and the usual cast of Craig Johnson's brilliant characters and ties them together with "can't stop reading" intensity. It may be my favorite of this series so far.
George Guidall does an outstanding job of narration giving depth and individuality to each character. Even when I am reading a Longmire book (rather than listening) I can still "hear" Walt, Henry, Vic, Double-tough and all the other characters of Absaroka County, Wyoming in Guidall's voices.
You don't need to have read any of the others in the series to enjoy this book (although you may be briefly confused when Walt refers to other characters by odd nicknames such as referring to his best friend Henry as "The Cheyenne Nation.") You will also not understand what he's talking about when he refers to events from previous books, but I don't think that will hinder your enjoyment. And if you like this novel, you're lucky, because there are eight more and I predict you'll be anxious to start at the beginning.
I enjoy listening to great detective mysterie & also great thrillers. I enjoy books also by Vince Flynn, David Baldaci including assasins.
The beginning had great humor. I loved Vic, Walt's Under-Sheriff. The action in the middle. But the ending was unexpected and cannot wait for the next book. So Mr. Johnson keep writing.
The Rembrant by Daniel Silva. The same romance, humor and action along with unexpected ending.
Oh he bring Walt Longmire to life. He makes you wish you could be right along with Walt.
Loved the series and I hope Craig Johnson and George Guidall keep the books comming.
Walt at his wittiness. I had to get the Kindle book also because I could not let this one go. It was hugley entertaining and a great listen. Great story line with a few great twists. I wish the book had not ended so soon. I want the next book NOW!
Really, what else is there to say? Johnson continues to turn out terrific books with a beautiful sense of time and place and with characters who are people you want to know (except for the bad guys of course!) I so enjoy the humor interlaced throughout and the telling could not be better done. Guidall is fabulous.
With almost 800 books in my library, I am an experienced listener. I appreciate a well written good story. I am pretty critical of trash.
I started Craig Johnson's books right at the beginning. I enjoyed them so much. Now nine books into the series, I wonder if it is being driven by the television productions. I think George Guidall helps to carry the story along. He is such an excellent narrator. I am beginning to feel the familiarity of an over the top, almost superhuman heroic scene. It is hard to picture Walt as Robert Taylor, and even harder to picture "the Cheyene Nation" as Lou Diamond Phillips once one has listened to George Guidall. Nit picking aside. I think you won't be disappointed if you have enjoyed the other books. They all seem to have a similar rhythm, no real surprises, no real disappointments.
I have to agree with the two negatives I read, This was too disjointed for me. Different names for characters did not help. I might have enjoyed it more if I could have listened to it all at once with no distractions, but that's not a possibility. I think I will skip any more books in this series.
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
I would rate it a solid 3 1/2 stars, but no more. I am way out of sync with the other reviewers on this one and am wondering why. What am I missing?
I thought the narration was perfection for all the characters. George Guidall did a masterful job and I can imagine no one else doing as well.
However, I found the story somewhat slow moving and do I dare say--not so interesting? As I got toward the end, it got a little more involving for me. It is not that I haven't experienced Walt Longmire. I watched some episodes on television, the few that I found, and really enjoyed them. I was just expecting to care a little more.
I can't add much to all of the reviews here, except to say a heartfelt thank you to Mr. Johnson and Mr. Guidall for a truly enjoyable experience. I've read many of the Walt Longmire mysteries and have enjoyed them all, but this one was somehow darn near perfect in my opinion.
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George rocks Walt Longmire. If he doesn't narrate them, it won't be Walt.
Finished this book yesterday, after listening to the whole set of books, I re-listened to the whole set again. Now the withdrawal is setting in. Best books I've listened to