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"Full of crackling dialogue, this absorbing tale demonstrates that Longmire is still the sheriff in town." (Publishers Weekly)
All of Craig Johnson's books can stand alone, but they really are best listened to in sequence, all of a piece, as three volumes of one story. While I am annoyed that this book took so long to show up in audible.com, I couldn't stop listening to it. The mystery is inconsequential to me; I just like hanging out with Sheriff Walt and Henry Standing Bear. I enjoy the mystery, but I'd keep right on listening if they started a cooking show or discussed particle physics. George Guidall is that good with his reading and acting skills. He must do all of them, as no one else could voice these characters properly. I don't want to wait another year for the next installment of life on the plains and the usual at the Busy Bee. These aren't books, they're a life. May Longmire have a long and multi-volume career. And Dog needs more lines in the next one. He got shunted aside this time. He deserves better than hanging out with Ruby all the time.
Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library.
This series just has me hooked on the characters, the plot and the locations and history. George Guidal has never been in better form and I can not imagine anyone doing justice to these characters as well as he does. I hope Mr. Johnson never allows anyone else to read his novels.
If you haven't listened to any of his books yet, go back and start with " A Cold Dish" and work your way forward. IF you like a good mystery with excellent writing you can't find better.
This is the fourth Walt Longmire I've read. I continue to be very fond of this series and will definitely keep reading. This particular book offers the chance to see Walt solve a mystery at home in present-day, and looks back at his time in Vietnam, where he solves an old mystery too. It's nice to learn yet another admirable part of Walt's character -- a true patriot.
However, the jumping back and forth between past and present wasn't entirely smooth, and the bit about the crazy huge Native American Virgil went a little overboard, so while good, Johnson can do better.
The narrator is excellent.
I've listened to the Longmire books in order thus far -- they've been 5 star favorites -- but 'Another Man's Moccasins' falls short of the first three. George Guidall gives a fine reading, but the story -- with its flashbacks to Vietnam -- is muddled and, at times, aggravating. The Vietnam backstory simply gets in the way.
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
I have read this series in order, but any of the books can stand alone.
In this fourth addition, Walt is investigating the murder of a young Vietnamese girl and the main suspect is a Vietnam veteran. While working on the case Walt's memories are invoked and the story weaves back and forth between his memories of the Vietnam war and the case. Craig Johnson does an exceptional job interlacing the two, there is no jerking back and forth, just smooth transitions. Just more proof of C.J.'s clear-cut talent.
All of the wonderful core characters are present and as usual, great, full bodied additional characters are thrown in to make these books such excellent listens. George Guidall is my favorite narrator, he draws me into the story with his rich voice and fantastic character voices. Another five-star get away into the marvelous, Wyoming, Longmire world.
I listen to the Longmire books when I want to hear a story with a little mystery thrown in. All the characters were still interesting and I enjoyed the story when they were in the present but they kept going into the past, which I didn't understand half of, so that kind of ruined it for me.
I had trouble with the narrator when I first started listening to Longmire, but he's grown on me and I can't imagine anyone else reading these books.
A journalist and a screenwriter for 20 years, now a playwright and a reader. I am an audible activist. I try to "enable" new listeners.
--if you haven't listened to George Guidall read Craig Johnson's detective series. It's just perfect: great stories, memorable wonderful characters (you look forward to the next book like you look forward to going home)--read by a guy who gets the understated emotions and humor of all the characters.. Walt Longmire is a Sheriff-of-a-Certain-Age in a Western state, whose best pal is a native American he knows from serving in Viet Nam. Plots are believable and intersect small-town Western life with life on the reservation. Old cowboys (and young ones) and older Indians (and younger ones) cross paths in unexpected ways. What a treat. And the women, including Walt's daughter, are smart & complicated & surprising in real-life ways. I'm a fan of Hammett & Chandler & Adrian McKinty & Tana French & Elizabeth George--Craig Johnson is right up there with the best.Another Man's Moccasins focuses more on the Viet Nam life of the main character.At first I wasn't into it, but Johnson writes so well, he drew me in. He mixes the perfect martini--delicious plot & characters, with just a waft of nature & a pinch of spirituality. One is not enough--five is not enough.
This is a good addition to the series, providing some good history for several of the characters, most notably Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear. The appearance of a dead Vietnamese woman in the county sparks flashbacks for the sheriff, and pieces of the story in Vietnam in the late 60s are interwoven with the current story unfolding in Absaroka County in the late 2000s. It does make me readjust my expected age of Longmire, though - I hadn't quite thought of him in his 60s, but the references do make him at least 60 in this book. Not that it matters, but it doesn't quite match the picture in my mind (where I pictured him in his mid to late 50s). I enjoyed the mix of past and present, and the addition of some historical perspective on the characters.
Yes, any time you find yourself ready for a new book, as I do every few days, Craig Johnson and George Guidall are a great choice. I would have given 5 stars but, although creative, I thought the back and forth from present to Viet Nam was just a little too heavy.
Its a bit of James Llee Burke's Dave Robicheaux thoughtful southern cop feeling, but not so poetic or heavy, with a touch of Michael Connelly's flair for distinct character and mystery development.
Thats the real strong part of this series, very well developed characters all. My favorite Henry adds spirituality and strength to every book, followed by Walts spicy, foul mouthed deputy "Vic" and of course Walt Longmire himself as an always stabilizing influence.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
This is the fourth book I have listened to in the "Walt Longmire" series and the fourth time I have given author and narrator five stars. Not only are these contemporary westerns great stories filled with complex, well developed characters and mystifying cases to solve; but the narration brings Walt and those he encounters to life in a fantastic manner.
The setting is Wyoming, the time period now, although recountings of Walt's tour of duty in Viet Nam in the late '60's, influenced by the discovery of the body of a Vietnamese women are a central element of the plot of this book.
Start with the first in the series, and you'll want to read them all. They are that good.
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