Listen to all of Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries.
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"The quick pace and tangled web of interconnected crimes will keep readers turning pages." (Publishers Weekly)
Mr. G lends a really pleasant audible to a voice that is already funny, tough, poignant and, well, Wyoming. Buy the book. Buy the audible. Better still, buy the first one, "Cold Dish," and hopefully by the time you finish it, the audible for "Death Without Company" will be available. Then the pump will be primed for this third installment. All three books by Craig Johnson have wonderful characters and a sense of place that is real. "Kindness Goes Unpunished" is literally set in Philadelphia, but the heart of the book is still in Wyoming-- which makes us love Absaroka County even more. Enjoy!
Why oh why can't audible get more like this!
Craig Johnson is plenty talented. I rate him along with Vince Flynn and Nelson DeMille.
Very good story along with believable characters. Pack that all in with the Past Master Narrator GEORGE GUIDALL and you have a fantastic book to listen and enjoy.
Note to audible Please get 'Death Without Company' (2006)This is the second in the Walt Longmire Mysteries. Excellent
I'm an undemanding listener, but I like the narrator to be more than adequate, the story line to hold my interest and not be too transparent, and I like character-driven stories rather than action-driven.
The Walt Longmire series fills these specs on every score. George Guidall is like an old shoe, comfortable, familiar and reliable. He brings Walt to life; he also does a good job with the other characters that populate the series. Mr. Guidall's voice is low and soothing, but he plays his instrument with intelligence and wit.
Forgive me for not commenting on the story line, other than to say it's worthwhile and engaging. I've read books in the series since Kindness Goes Unpunished; Another Man's Moccasins and Dark Horse. I'm pacing myself so that I don't rip through the series too fast. Compare Walt to a box of fine chocolates or a visit with a friend ... my walk with him is worth savoring.
At the end of Dark Horse is an interview between George Guidall and Craig Johnson. I hesitated, fearful of being disenchanted, but it's a great listen--Mr. Guidall and Mr. Johnson are funny and self-deprecating and the story behind the start of the Walt Longmire series is an entertaining one.
As a clue to my preferences in writers, I like J.A. Jance, William Kent Krueger, Karin Slaughter, Elly Griffiths, Clive Cussler, Steve Berry, Michael Connelly(!), John Sandford, John Lutz--all folks who write good characters in bad situations.
I hope this review helps you decide to give Walt Longmire, George Guidall and Craig Johnson a try.
Craig Johnson is writing the best mysteries set in the West since Tony Hillerman's Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee series reached its peak in the mid-90's. I urge anyone who enjoys Hillerman to read Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series starting with The Cold Dish.
And George Guidall, my favorite narrator, reads Johnson's books as well as he read Hillerman's series, which adds a star and an exclamation point to make this an excellent audio book experience.
This is actually the 4th book I have read about Walt Longmire -- I didn't realize until recently that there were two in between 'Death Without Company' and 'The Dark Horse.' I'm so glad I did finally read this, though, because a lot of things have happened by the time of Dark Horse and much is referred to there that actually occurs in this book.
This is the book in which Walt and Henry go to Philadelphia where Bear is to be honored and give some lectures at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, with all sorts of complications ensuing -- as you know they would.
I wanted to say how well Craig Johnson portrays Philadelphia, not just using it as a backdrop, but making it an essential character and flavor in the book. And he gets pretty much everything right (that I could tell, and that mattered to me). I was impressed, being a native Philadelphian. I've never heard the Benjamin Franklin Bridge referred to as "the BFB," more as "The Ben Franklin," but that's about the only point that didn't ring true.
Hats off to Johnson for writing it and to George Guidall for reading it so well! Guidall is Walt. I read there is a television series coming up this summer based on the books. It will be a hard act to follow after years of George Guidall embodying all of the characters for me!
By the way, the story is just complicated enough, there is humor and poignancy, and Dog comes along for the ride, even though he ends up having to stay out of a lot of the action. Can't say more. I highly recommend these books, and you obviously get the most out of them if you read them in order.
This was a very good entry in the series by this author. There was good connection from previous characters and storyline, but new and interesting events to carry it to a different end.
I know a little about Philadelphia but Walt knew much more, somewhat odd since it was his first time there. No matter. His friendship with Henry, his love for his daughter, the connection with Vic (or "the terror" as she is known in this book) and her mother all present fascinating material to read.
As previously, the narration and direction is fantastic. Mr. Guidall once again superbly displays nuances that differentiates between the characters and enhances them with his reading. He is fast becoming one of my favorites to listen to.
Do yourself a favor, get this series and enjoy your summer!
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.
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.)
Reader. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.
From the beginning it packs a wallop. Family. Cops. Change of venue that still manages to be home. Friends. History. Sex. Deceit. Friendship. Adaptation. Confidence. Skill. Law. This one has it all.
I am a huge fan of this series. Also on A and E TV but books are not the same as the show so do them both.
Cady is hurt and Walt goes to her side, and solves the mystery. Along the way he learns more about Vic. Henry shows up and helps. Even Dog is there. Good plot but it's not the plot that makes this book, it's the characters. They are finely drawn and full of life with all it's beauty, mystery and heart.
I liked this one very much. Superior use of your credit. Keep reading. The whole darn series is this way. It sneaks up on you and sticks with you, making you better for having read it.
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!
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