Craig Johnson’s rough-and-tumble hero Walt Longmire is quickly becoming a fan-favorite and a critical success.
Here Walt has his hands full as greedy land developers employ shady, violent methods to reverse their fortunes in recession-racked Wyoming, where the owners of a multi-million dollar development of ranchettes want to get rid of the adjacent junk-yard. When a severed thumb is discovered in the yard, conflicts erupt, and Walt Longmire, his trusty companion Dog, life-long friend Henry Standing Bear, and deputies Santiago Saizarbitoria and Victoria Moretti find themselves in a small town that feels more and more like a high plains pressure cooker.
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“It’s the scenery—and the big guy standing in front of the scenery—that keeps us coming back to [these] lean and leathery mysteries.” (New York Times Book Review)
I'm reading Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series in order, and loving them all! "Junkyard Dogs" is one of the best - beautiful writing, funny in places and a great story. All enhanced by the outstanding narration of George Guidall. I seldom "re-listen" to books, but I expect I will, with this series.
I find I like reading these books in print a great deal. I think it may be a generational tick because I need more time to let memories roll through the language. This book is so strong in story and humor that the gorgeous voice of Guidall can hold everything in one place so well that the joy of a good story, a funny story, and the real pleasure of listening are a single experience.
Opening sequence - I was surprised how hard I was laughing after only a few minutes into the opening. And the rest of the book was classic Johnson - just wonderful.
George's gritty vocalization adds a lot to the atmosphere of this series... and despite this, his female characters are realistically represented as well. Nice job.
I love Walt Longmier's humility, and Craig Johnson's dry sense of humor. I'll find myself suddenly 'getting' the humor, which is expertly woven into the dialog.
The more I listen to Johnson's books, the more unhappy I am with what has been changed about the characters in the TV show. The characters as represented in the books are realistic, deeply emotional, fallible human beings that are easy to identify with. And Vic is a hoot!! The Vic in the TV series is a pale, much watered down version of the original... so much so that they may as well just get rid of her. That Vic has NONE of the originals' spunk and individuality, a unique character that adds so much to the dynamics of the group. This is not to be critical of Katie Sackoff... she's great. It's what she's being given to work with that is lacking.
In the top 10%
I dont think the question pertinent. It should be "Did the story hold your interest"? and it did, thoroughly. With the added benefit that it did NOT stress me with more intensity than I like my leisure activities to inspire.
He is perfect as Longmire.
I found the whole thing very satisfying. Moved me? Life moves me enough, challenges me enough, stresses me enough. Something like a Longmire story is nourishing. A good man battles the big bad world for us and is gently amused and tender of our eccentricities.
Truly the beginning of this story is one of the funniest things I have ever heard. The story is great and as usual the narrator is subperb
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While I wasn't crazy about the plot, an "okay" book by Craig Johnson is better than 99% of most other authors. The lesson about "how not to clean a chimney" (kerosene, grandpa and a rope tied to a car) still makes me laugh just thinking about it.
The humor and characters in this story will reel you in! Craig Johnson is a very descriptive writer and I enjoy his style. These Walt Longmire series are favorites of me and my husband. I enjoy his interactions with "the locals" in this book. The story will take a twist, a double meaning in the title!
All I can say is that if you are already hooked on Craig Johnson's "Walt Longmire Mystery" series, you will love this one too. That is also in addition to the fabulous narration by George Guidall. ENJOY : )
Reader. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.
This series is just plain excellent.
This entry shows us greed, drug business, family politics and life in a small town. One does not have to leave Podunk to find drama. I live in a small town and know that for sure, but so does our author.
The writing is excellent. Plot fast paced. Characters finely drawn. There is something kindly and yet real about Craig Johnson's world in Wyoming.
I'm not a reader of Westerns, at all, never have been. His books are about life, that just happens to be in a small town, in the West, and includes a mystery.
Don't miss this series. I consider it one of the best out there. Also see it on A and E, although the books are not repeated so don't let that stop you from reading.
Loved Dog's (his dog is named Dog) role in this one, by the way. When you love animals it shows in your writing and you can't leave them out.
Another reviewer mentioned Vic's potty mouth. It's not gratuitous and fits her character, and works for the books.
Each character is individual, with their own clear voice, not one dimensional and homogenous as in some author's works.
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