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"The quick pace and tangled web of interconnected crimes will keep readers turning pages." (Publishers Weekly)
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
It's just not the same in Philadelphia. I liked this entry in the excellent series, but "Kindness" lacks something because it's not in Wyoming and Montana. There's just not that same sense of belonging in a place.
So, enough for varying the locale - now it's time to return home and keep the series there! Anyone who's a fan of Longmire (and there are many of us!) will want to listen to this addition, but I wouldn't start here.
As usual, George Guidall is just perfect!
I'm not really listening to the series in order (I bought Dark Horse first and haven't listened to A Cold Dish) but it hasn't hurt my enjoyment. Each story has been complete and satisfying in its own right. I loved that this one was set in Philadelphia, and that it was kind of a "buddy story" between Walt and Bear. In fact, I'm usually more interested in plot-driven mystery novels, but this is a series where I'm really enjoying the unfolding of relationships. I simply love George Guidall's voice, especially when Walt says something subtle and heartfelt like"I'm not talking to you." Great inflection caught just right.
Walt Longmire comes to life, and you'll want to invite him over for supper in Craig Johnson's great mysteries set in the Wyoming. Readers will be refreshed by the accurate descriptions of the daily life and atmosphere of the small town surrounding. I encourage those who enjoy Hillerman to read The Cold Dish.
This is my 3rd Longmire story & I plan to continue!
Johnson nailed it again, and just to keep it fresh he changes the venue to Philadelphia.
Initially I was worried the location would hurt the story but putting Longmire in a classic fish out of water tale works well.
The story has plenty of twists and turns, a good deal of interpersonal actions and classic Longmire dialog to make me want more.
This is a must read/listen.
We've got him outnumbered; hope he can learn to like girly books.
Sheriff Walt Longmire heads east to Philadelphia to meet his daughter's fiance and his parents. Walt and his best friend Henry Standing Bear drive east in Henry's 59 T-Bird Lola. Upon arriving Walt is contacted by Katie and she informs him she'll be working late. So he is certainly surprised when he's contacted by the hospital to learn that his daughter is in a coma; the victim of a fall at a Philadelphia landmark far from her office.
Thus begins Walt's search for his daughter's fiance; whose life ends as he's tossed off a bridge. Now the search widens and intensifies as Walt becomes a suspect in the death.
Woven into the narrative is a Mainline Philly kid billy Carlyle; now "white Indian" William White Eyes who continues to appear and disappear. Plus a less than ethical ADA with sketchy connections; a Latin druglord and an inner city black thug.
Woven into the plot is the omnipresent Moretti police family; including Walt's deputy Victoria Moretti; aka Vic, aka Vic the Holy Terror. Her father Victor the Chief of Detectives, brother Michael who is becoming enamored with Katie, and mother Lena who appears to be infatuated with Walt.
As is probably a part of every Sheriff Longmire mystery Walt goes off an individualistic hot dog chase in which he engages in an unarmed chase with a shotgun toting thug. In the end the crimes are solved; the guilty punished and ties between the Longmire and Moretti clans are further intertwined. As usual George Guidall is the gold standard in narration and this is the high water book of the series thus far.
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I HAVE LISTENED TO 5 OF THE 9 BOOKS, AND FOUND THIS ONE A BIT HARD TO FOLLOW. UNFORTUNATELY THE AUTHOR USES SEVERAL NAMES OR NICKNAMES FOR THE SAME PERSON WHICH FOR THE MOST PART WITH THE REGULAR CHARACTERS I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO FOLLOW, BUT THIS ONE LOST ME.
I DO LIKE THE SERIES A LOT, AND REALLY ENJOY THE NARRATOR.
I listen and read books for entertainment. Just the joy of getting lost in that world provides an outlet from day to day stress.
I have not read the print version therefore I cannot answer this question.
With the different subplots and the addition of meeting Vic's family, I found the story hard to put down. It provided background on her character and how Walt interacts with them. Also, we have more background on his relationship with his daughter Katie.
The careful interchange between the characters. He brings them to life with his inflections and how they interact with each other.
Its hard to go unnoticed when you are in a powder blue vintage convertible with a Cowboy, Indian, Brunette and a dog inside.
I started reading these after watching and loving the Longmire series on television. As we always say, the books are much better.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - (Modern Cowboy/Detective) In this book Walt goes to Philadelphia and must solve a mystery surrounding a serious injury to his daughter, Cady. I'm not a huge fan of Western-type stories which is probably why this isn't my favorite series, but this book is my favorite of the three so far. It is a pretty good mystery, but the best part is the way the story is told, just the characters and the way it is written. You will enjoy Walt's laid-back cowboy sheriff character, and his sidekick Henry adds a unique Indian perspective to the story. Then there's Vick, the potty-mouthed female deputy who always manages to say something totally inappropriate.
There is shooting and killing, but I wouldn't consider it a particularly violent book. If you have been following this series, you will be treated to a nice surprise in this book, something that totally caught me off guard! The story can stand alone, however.
PERFORMANCE - Even though Guidall is a popular and very good narrator, I don't like his voice...EXCEPT in this series. You can't get a better pairing than George Guidall as Walt Longmire and Henry Standingbear. Perfection.
OVERALL - Pretty good, but not a must-hear in my opinion. (I'm a minority here, as this series is very highly rated.)
First, let me say that the opening of this book is one of the best that I've ever read. Sheriff Walt Longmire is attempting to read his grown daughter's favorite childhood fairy tale to a group of very peevish young children in a classroom. This is a group that may actually outlast Walt---great fun!!
Then the book goes into the real mystery with Longmire going to Philadelphia, with his Native American friend, where "Bear" will be speaking about art, and Longmire will be visiting his lawyer daughter, Cady, and her new boyfriend. But shortly after arriving, Cady is attacked and left in a coma. Her boyfriend is murdered and Walt goes on the search for answers. Walt's sidekick, Vick, and her Philadelphia policemen family are glad for Walt's help. Then all the twists and turns begin.
This third installment of Longmire takes place completely in Philadelphia. I definitely missed the Wyoming countryside, but Walt kept his own outlook on life in the city. Walt, Bear, and Vick keep the excitement going wherever they are. Romance comes into play now that we are becoming part of the Longmire family too. Keep them coming, Craig Johnson!
I'm reluctant to write this review and sound like a Debbie Downer but it just seems to me the rating is way too high. To each his own, of course but with over 1100 ratings and an average rating around 4.5, this had to be an excellent book, right? I thought the book was solidly...ok. Excellent performance, unique plot and somewhat interesting characters. Finished strong but hardly something I couldn't put down. Somewhere between a 3.5 and a 4.0.
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