I'm an undemanding listener, but I like the narrator to be more than adequate, the story line to hold my interest and not be too transparent, and I like character-driven stories rather than action-driven.
The Walt Longmire series fills these specs on every score. George Guidall is like an old shoe, comfortable, familiar and reliable. He brings Walt to life; he also does a good job with the other characters that populate the series. Mr. Guidall's voice is low and soothing, but he plays his instrument with intelligence and wit.
Forgive me for not commenting on the story line, other than to say it's worthwhile and engaging. I've read books in the series since Kindness Goes Unpunished; Another Man's Moccasins and Dark Horse. I'm pacing myself so that I don't rip through the series too fast. Compare Walt to a box of fine chocolates or a visit with a friend ... my walk with him is worth savoring.
At the end of Dark Horse is an interview between George Guidall and Craig Johnson. I hesitated, fearful of being disenchanted, but it's a great listen--Mr. Guidall and Mr. Johnson are funny and self-deprecating and the story behind the start of the Walt Longmire series is an entertaining one.
As a clue to my preferences in writers, I like J.A. Jance, William Kent Krueger, Karin Slaughter, Elly Griffiths, Clive Cussler, Steve Berry, Michael Connelly(!), John Sandford, John Lutz--all folks who write good characters in bad situations.
I hope this review helps you decide to give Walt Longmire, George Guidall and Craig Johnson a try.
I have recommended this book to friends, but I talk about books all the time. I particularly like John Wells' story. He's doing his job, but he sees both sides of his undercover coin, and he's conflicted. The author worked diligently to keep John's character true to form; he's conflicted all over the place, but he ultimately knows who he is and where his loyalties are best served.
I am now on the third volume of the series and am still as attached to John and Exley's story as I was at the start.
You might try The Accident Man for something similar; can't remember the author, but I liked that work also. The Accident Man takes an actual event and spins fiction around it, but convincingly so.
Robertson Dean gave a good performance with clear, understandable reading, nice emphasis to important parts and no words glaringly misprononced.
Off topic, but sometimes I wonder if readers have access to a dictionary or check back with the author for tips on how certain words should be read. I once heard a reader pronounce the FBI headquarters as
What a question ... the beauty of a book, even a recorded one, is that I can put it down and take it up again. If all I had to do was read, that would be lovely, but life intrudes.
Try The Faithful Spy. It's a good story.
I read some of the reviews which panned this episode as not up to par. I didn't find that to be the case, but I'm not very demanding in my taste. I was looking for a light-hearted romp and this one delivers--perhaps not as well as my favorite to date--volume 12--but that one was a bladder-buster, maybe because I was on a long, boring trip up I-95. If you like Stephanie and Lula, and you're willing to accept that you're not going to get War and Peace with a laugh-track, you'll enjoy Sizzling Sixteen.
I listen to books for entertainment, not great enlightenment or deep thinking. Iris Johansen delivers her expected formula with familiar characters and satisfying attachments to each other. Do I get annoyed with Eve for her relentless pursuit of her child's remains? Sometimes, but I can't put myself in her place in either fact or fiction, thank God, and I'm willing to suspend disbelief for the sake of a story that keeps one part of my mind occupied while another part focuses on something else. If you haven't been following Eve, I recommend starting at the beginning. Jennifer van Dyke delivers a very satisfying narration and has become one of my favorites, perhaps even as high on the list as the much missed Anna Fields.
I have really enjoyed the Sookie series, loved it really, but I'm thinking it's time to bring the Southern Vampire to a close. If you've read the Harper Connolly and/or Aurora Teagarden mysteries, you'll know that Harris is fully capable of bringing a series to a satisfying conclusion. This episode was entertaining, Sookie's a hoot as always, but the tale doesn't have any new twists or turns, just more of the same conflicts any girl dating a man in the throes of corporate upheaval might expect. I'm waiting for her to fall for Sam and live happily ever after.
Virgil Flowers has his problems but he manages to sync in on the bad guy eventually and solve the crime. John Sandford is dependably entertaining and I look forward to each new volume in either this series or the Lucas Davenport books, knowing that I will enjoy the time spent with the characters and, if I happen to catch onto the scheme before the end of the book, I still enjoy finding out whether or not I was right. I guess I am not particularly critical--as long as the reader does a credible job, doesn't knock lozenges against his teeth, or mispronounce many words, I'm satisfied. I liked this book a lot and if you are fan of Sandford, you won't be disappointed.
I was at first a little put off by the narrator and the slow pace; it's so different from the series that I've been listening to lately. Like one of the other reviewers, I was soon pulled into the story. I'm now looking forward to reading the second in the series to see how Robin progresses as a working mother, daughter, friend, and lover.
Just writing in support of Anna Fields, who is one of the best narrators in the business. Her male voices are particularly good, and her inflection and intonation are always superb.
Barbara Holloway has become as familiar as an old shoe through this series; it's definitely worth starting at the beginning, even if you have to go back to the old fashioned printed word for some of the early installments.
Sleight of Hand is not my favorite of the series, but it's entertaining. You can't just skip over it because I wasn't all that impressed, now can you?
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