I enjoyed the Cold Cold Ground by McKinty very much, so I was looking forward to another work by this author in partnership with this excellent reader. However The Dead Yard let me down with shallow, formulaic violent characters who were not believable nor particularly likeable. I am not squeamish about murder and mayhem books as a rule, but in this case I would have enjoyed more character development and less gore.
I have listened to and enjoyed immensely all the books in the Walt Longmire series, and, as much as this makes me sound a little pathetic, I have really missed all the wonderful characters, the bittersweet stories of life and death, love and loss, the basic gentle kindness of the main characters, the laugh out loud dialog and wonderful sense of humor, and of course, the best narrator ever, George Guidall. And then comes this all too brief but wonderful story! Merry Christmas to me! I only hope there will be more to come. They just get better and better!
What a great series! Craig Johnson and George Guidall are a match made in a book-listener's heaven. I have enjoyed each and every one of these stories of Sheriff Longmire and the wonderful characters who surround him. I am already sad that I will be done very soon with the last book, and none in the queue. Not yet anyway! Do your self a favor and start with The Cold Dish, then follow each book in order. Each book builds on what has come before.
Craig Johnson is a wonderful writer and he creates characters who are believable and very human. These are no comic book heroes, but there is courage, kindness and endearing strength to all. They all add to the rich fabric of these stories, and they populate Walt Longmire's life as part of his family. The stories are intriguing, complex enough, many times laugh-out-loud funny, set in the backdrop of a remarkable part of the US. The author knows his setting, material and procedures well, and the details are excellent. And the narrator Guidall makes it all happen like no other narrator can do!
I have watched an episode or two of "Longmire" on TV, and I have to say I was supremely disappointed. Don't bother with the TV show. Listen to these books and enjoy!
I was looking forward to revisiting a favorite character in the sarcastic ex-NYPD John Correy, but this book was a let down. It is a "been there done that" for the John Corry and evil terrorist genre. Maybe DeMille has run out of ideas? Different country, same kind of cartoon characters and bloody finale. Interesting factoids about Yemen, but overall not enough to get this book above 3 stars for me. And if I heard Corry's trademark "Riiight!" one more time, I was ready to shut 'er down. Sorry but in my opinion, DeMille has done better than this one with Correy.
Without a doubt, David Lee Burke and Will Patton make the best team, and this episode in the life of New Iberia Parish, LA detective Dave Robicheaux is one the best in the series. It has all the usual characters, twists and turns, and horrific violence typical of a Burke story. But Burke always celebrates what is good in human nature, and his stories invariably leave us with a sense of hope and satisfaction. The best Robicheaux stories take place in Louisiana, and this one (in my humble opinion) is the best of the best.
I loved this book. The writing, the characters, the voice were all spot on. I laughed out loud, I wept and I loved the characters. Jim Broadbent was perfect. This is an uplifting story without fantasy, a story we all can identify with in one way or another. It is rare to listen to a story that reveals such tenderness, happiness, humor, a sense of loss and regret but also the courage of the human spirit to keep on. Thank you for this gem of a book!
Colin Firth was the best part. The story, the endless dithering and paralyzing angst were tedious. However, I might have thought differently when I was 15.
Not sure but it will not one in this genre for a while anyway. I hope Firth will narrate more in the future.
His voice, his inflection, his talent.
Not read another Greene book for a while.
James Lee Burke is an amazing writer and there is no better narrator than Will Patton for his works. This book makes you laugh out loud, makes you think, gets you lost in the descriptive power of Burke's words, and you even like the characters. What a combo.
The Burke and Patton team. Can't be beat!
They were all good, some more caricatures and really flesh and blood people. But they populate the story well and make it all come alive.
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