In this ninth installment in the award-winning and New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mystery series, the Wyoming sheriff follows his cowboy code of ethics in a religious range war that strikes a little too close to home.
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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!
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Different kind of book report for this one. I learned there was a Longmire TV show this year, season two. So the books wouldn't be spoiled by the TV show, I read all of the Longmire books out at that time. I then watched Season 1 & 2 of Lognmire. As with most movie and TV book adaptions, the book is usually better and it's the same with the Longmire books. The TV series stays true to the character of Walt Longmire but takes liberties with the rest of the story. I enjoyed teh TV show but it stands on its own from the books. I wonder what author Craig Johnson thinks about this? He's probably making enough money off the TV series he's probably not that concerned. Plus the money the books are bringing in, i'm sure he's doing very well, thank you. But the TV season ended and up then came this new book. I was glad to have it and get back into listening to the Longmire saga. In this tale, there are polygamist Mormons, oil, some really bad people and some really good people. Craig Johnson's writing style is excellent, witty, it flows and his character development is second to none. If I were to classify the genre I'd call it a modern day western being set in Wyoming. If you were interested in this series, I recommend starting with book 1. I have really enjoyed every single book in the series. PS Narrator George Guidall is a great one!
I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. I do believe this may be Craig's best Longmire book yet! It was hard for me to put down.
As always Walt and the "Bear". Craig Johnson expands each character individually as well as the friendship with each book. It amazes me at the complexity, but yet simplicity he uses to develop the characters.
Vander Ross............. quite the comical character, but I also enjoyed the intensity with which George Guidall expressed of the scene in Shortdrop between Walt and the Lanyer gang after the Sheriffs substation burnt down taking the life of Double Tough. It was as if I was part of the scene taking place before me.
This would be hard one for me. I watch the Longmire TV series and while I enjoy the TV show; I enjoy the books so much more.
I have truly enjoyed the Longmire series and I hope Craig will continue with this wonderful series.
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.
I'm so disappointed - this is my go-to series, always entertaining and fun. In this case, it felt like the crime was over-contrived, the heros a bit too heroic (how many times can Walt say "Boy Howdy" in one book?), and the whole thing a bit formulaic. Yes, there were some new quirky characters. But it still just felt... wrong. Like the author tried to over-do many of the characters traits,maybe to make it different, and it it just didnt work. Not sure i'm capturing the issue really, all i can say is - i love this series, but did not care for this book. And it makes me worry a little about the next one...
This pretty much a modern Western, right down to the tough woman standing by her man and a shootout with the bad guys. Totally enjoyable.
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.
I've read all the books and I continue to think they're great, but this one disappointed me - just a little - because of the characterization of Victoria Moretti. She was a lot more unlikeable in this book, and that's a shame because I really liked her character. Walt continues to be terrific and he's the perfect heart and soul of the stories, but I hope that Vic's issues (and they may be many) get settled out before too long because she's not the same as she was and I found that disappointing. Not all characters have to be likeable, but the under-sheriff (deputy) shouldn't be someone you really dislike.
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
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.
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