Ten years ago, Craig Johnson wrote his first short story, the Hillerman Award-winning "Old Indian Trick". This was one of the earliest appearances of the sheriff who would go on to star in Johnson’s best-selling, award-winning novels and the A&E hit series Longmire. Each Christmas Eve thereafter, fans rejoiced when Johnson sent out a new short story featuring an episode in Walt’s life that doesn’t appear in the novels; over the years, many have asked why they can’t buy the stories in book form. Wait for Signs collects those beloved stories - and one entirely new story, "Petunia, Bandit Queen of the Bighorns" - for the very first time in a single volume, regular trade hardcover. With glimpses of Walt’s past from the incident in "Ministerial Aide", when the sheriff is mistaken for a deity, to the hilarious "Messenger", where the majority of the action takes place in a Port-A-Potty, Wait for Signs is a necessary addition to any Longmire fan’s shelf and a wonderful way to introduce new readers to the fictional world of Absaroka County, Wyoming.
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Between Craig Johnson and George Guidall they have created a book I want to keep on my kindle so I can listen again and again. These short stories are every bit as charming as the rest of the Longmire series, they are funny, touching and revealing gems. He really knows how to write a short story! George Guidall is as always absolutely wonderful! I've heard the entire series so far, and am familiar with the characters, but George always finds a way to delight me with his depiction of an emotion, or of something funny. I listen again to these when something has upset me, or when I have finished a tense book. It is wonderfully distracting.
Craig Johnson's characters all have such interesting qualities that make you want to know more and more about each one. This collection of short stories gives the reader extra tidbits about Walt, Vic, Henry, Dog and others. And George Guidall gives voice to each character that brings a visual picture and further creates interesting people that you want to be friends with. I only wish Craig Johnson would write faster!! And that there could be more writers who could create characters and stories that are so ordinary yet so much beyond that.
Since I love all of Craig Johnson's books - I'm quite sure I would like KMart ads if he wrote them - I have to say it is the tried and true character. Walt, Henry, Vic, Sancho - and the entire population of Absaroka County. These short stories are tiny flashes into days we have not seen before except if you have read all the Post-Its. This is why I say they make excellent bedtime stories. You could read just one short story. Of course, if you are a Walt/Craig addict - you will stay up until you read them all!
This question doesn't really apply - there are 12 plots.
It is always a toss up between Walt and Henry. After "Longmire" became a TV show - I now think of Robert Taylor's voice as also being Walt but George's Henry will always be my favorite with the deep voice and deeper thoughts. Geroge's Walt is also funnier than the TV character which makes it a sentimental favorite with me.
It would have been a blessing to have Lou Diamond Phillips read his introduction. LDP would have known how to pronounce "Absaroka County" which the person reading the introduction kept calling "Absorka" - it was like fingernails on a blackboard for me everytime he said it!! If you are going to read it - and Absaroka County IS a main character - you best know how to pronounce it!
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
Only five hours for one credit? I hesitated momentarily. Then I clicked the button, downloaded Wait for Signs and snuggled into my comfy spot to listen.
Loved, loved, loved these very short stories! Laughed out loud at some! Listened to the whole thing in only two "sittings." When it was done I was literally heartbroken that there weren't more "new" Longmire stories to hear.
As always, Craig Johnson's depiction of Sheriff Longmire and his company of friends is absolutely the best. He is truly a master of story-writing.
Don't hesitate. It's worth it!
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
THE HONEY WAGON
There is not one single bad story in the collection. Some are better than others, but all are a pleasure to listen to. The main character lost his wife some years back and as someone who has been married over 38 years and who would not know what to do if I lost my best half, I found myself tearing up at times. It is nice to listen to stories that older persons can enjoy. All ages can enjoy, but I believe those that have lived life longer, will get more out of them. Recently I read Centennial by James Michener and this is a great modern companion piece.
George Guidall is a national treasure.
I was iffy about getting this but I so like the Longmire series and had read through them all that I decided to get this one. These are great stories and each one is its own little vignette some related to the larger story but some not. It's a great short introduction to the Longmire series if you are interested in them. Loved this purchase!
Craig Johnson's Longmire books are so good on so many levels. This collection of holiday-set stories does not disappoint. George Guidell's (sp?) narration is spot-on just like always!
Thanks Craig & George!
Don't know - haven't read the print version.
The black bear / owl episode
Visual depiction of Vic being lowered to retrieve the owl.
You never know
All the short stories were very enjoyable listens! I listened to them again when my husband wanted to hear them. He enjoyed them just as much and I did. My favorite was the Thanksgiving story! Waiting anxiously for your next book Craig Johnson!
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