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ChuckDPhoto

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  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3611)
    Performance
    (2721)
    Story
    (2720)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Dataman says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "Cold Dish is delicious!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Cold Dish the most enjoyable?

    Sorry about the cliche headline but within 10 minutes into this book I realized I was enjoying it immensely on many levels. Great story. Great humor. Great characters. Fantastic narration. I realized that this was something special and I knew I would soon be getting the entire series and would probably listen to the series several times over the next few years.
    Although completely different characters and genre, I like Sheriff Walt as much as I like Miles Vorkosigan in Bujold's Barrayar novels.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cold Dish?

    I particularly liked the mystical touch when Walt was saving Henry during the blizzard. It was well done. It wasn't obviously supernatural, which I don't care for, but it was evocative. It expressed Walt's connection to his best friend, Henry, a Cheyenne.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked any scene with Vick in it. She is great.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. And then I'd start over and listen again.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the other books in the series are as good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindness Goes Unpunished: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (2014)
    Performance
    (1553)
    Story
    (1536)

    Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries are critically acclaimed. Longmire's third outing takes him from Wyoming to Philadelphia to investigate a brutal assault on his daughter, Cady. Walt believes her ex-boyfriend is behind the crime and searches him out. But when he turns up dead, Walt is back to square one.

    TravisD says: "Wyoming Fun-- in Philadelphia"
    "Walt in Philly"
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    Would you listen to Kindness Goes Unpunished again? Why?

    Yes. I would listen to this book and all the Walt Longmire books again. Guidall's reading is exquisite. And I really like Walt, Vick, and Henry. It was fun to see Walt outside of Wyoming doing his sheriff thing.


    What other book might you compare Kindness Goes Unpunished to and why?

    I compare Walt Longmire to Miles Vorksigan in the Barrayar series of Bujold. Although different in many ways, they are similar where it counts. They solve problems, they have issues, they are surrounded by great people, etc.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I cannot imagine Walt Longmire with any other voice than George's. If suddenly I found that one of the volumes in the series was by another reader, I would be shocked and dismayed (such as happened when the Dresden series changing from James Marsters). George does a great job with the other voices too. So, his reading enriches the experience.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Big Country Sheriff in the Big City


    Any additional comments?

    Great series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2667)
    Performance
    (1269)
    Story
    (1262)

    In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

    Andrew says: "Fantastic"
    "Steve Martin is brilliant"
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    I had never realized how innovative Steve Martin's humor was. I had only enjoyed it immensely since first experiencing it on SNL and his standup albums. He reads in a rather flat voice but it is Steve himself and that makes it so special. I have trouble imagining reading the book when I can hear it in his own voice. Insightful and revealing. Even touching.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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