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)
Yes. There was so much more happening in this book and so many different characters that I probably missed something. Longmire was at his wittiest in reaction to some of the characters so it was pretty funny at times and was just a fun listen.
When the sheriff was trying to escape the falling car.
He makes it easier to picture the different characters.
There seemed to be more wittier remarks in this book than some of the others.
Would have liked to have seen more of Henry.
The descriptions of the smells in the junkyard where wonderfully descriptive
I liked how it played on current problems.
The action never really ends and you're always waiting to see how injured Walt gets.
While Craig Johnson is not what I consider top-shelf on my drink list, he's pretty close. I have listened to three other Walt Longmire books having finished another by the time I write this review, and they have grown on me a little more each time.
Johnson captures the Americana theme much the way that James Lee Burke does - Johnson writing about a small town Sheriff, Walt Longmire, in Wyoming; and JLB writing about a cop, Dave Robicheaux, in New Iberia, Louisiana. While JLB is the master, Craig Johnson is more the second seat in this genre - that's not a big knock on Johnson, but hey, there can only be one first-seat.
I have not found it particularly necessary to listen to the Walt Longmire series in order. I have enjoyed them all to date, only that I think they have improved over time, the more recent books better than the first, for example.
Another BIG plus for the Longmire series is that George Guidall is the narrator. He is simply the best!
Overall recommended, I will definitely finish the other Walt Longmire books, mixing them in every few listens.
Warning: don't listen to the opening scene while driving; you might laugh so hard that you end up in a ditch. The marked humor in this one makes it my favorite of the six Longmire books I've read and listened to so far, a welcome relief from the grimmer stories, even despite the sub-freezing temperatures and snow that I dislike as much in novels as in life. With George Guidall narrating, this series is better heard than read.
One element that grows tiresome is the way Longmire has to get physically beat up in every novel and give his all in a last-ditch chase, battling his injuries, the elements, and circumstances. It's a convention of the genre but stretches one's suspension of disbelief. Fortunately, you can even laugh about the injuries in Junkyard Dogs.
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Trouble sure seems to find its way to the least populated county in the least populated state! And, Walt Longmire works at solving these crimes as only he and his staff can. It seems I've been listening to narrator George Guidall for years but he is especially good with the Longmire stories. What can I say, I've enjoyed all the book in the series so far, now it's on to "Hell is Empty".
There are two parts of the story that I laughed until I cried. Mostly charming sometimes hysterically funny, and a decent story to go with it all. I still have a problem matching Craig Johnson's voice to my vision of The Sherriff, but getting there. His interpretation of everyone else is spot on as far as I am concerned.
I had read so many great reviews of Craig Johnson's series and while they were on sale I thought that I would give a few books a try. The first one I read was "Hell is Empty ' and it was a struggle to finish. It could have been a much better book without all the filler, the sheriff talking to himself. But heck, I thought I would give another one a try and it was 'Junkyard Dogs'. While it was marginally better than the first book, I was still very disappointed. For me, the story line was weak as was the characters. The narration was better than the story. There simply was not enough mystery in this book to keep me interested. Instead of wanting more, I wanted it over.
Another great story with fantastic narration! You'll love it too! There has not yet been a Craig Johnson Longmire story without a good plot. I highly recommend.
And of course I can listen to George Guidall endlessly! He is SUCH a great voice!
Good story, fun read. Mr. Guidall thinks he's Walt. He's not. And he can't read women. That sounds like an unfair criticism, but I don't think so. Others do, and don't sound cloying or patronizing. Vic should give him a swift kick. But the story's very good.
I have no idea whether Craig Johnson means for Walt Longmire to be funny but I laughed at this one and it's my favorite so far. Of course there's a good story but poor Walt just keeps getting in trouble. And as before, George Guidall does an exceptional job. He makes the story.
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