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Spirit of Steamboat: A Walt Longmire Story | [Craig Johnson]

Spirit of Steamboat: A Walt Longmire Story

"It' s a question of what you have to do, what you have to live with if you don't." Sheriff Walt Longmire is reading A Christmas Carol in his office on December 24th when he's interrupted by the ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar across her forehead and more than a few questions about Walt' s predecessor, Lucian Connally. Walt doesn' t recognize the mystery woman, but she seems to know him and claims to have something she must return to Connally.
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A holiday tale from the best-selling author of the Walt Longmire mystery series, the inspiration for A&E's hit show, Longmire.

"It' s a question of what you have to do, what you have to live with if you don't." Sheriff Walt Longmire is reading A Christmas Carol in his office on December 24th when he's interrupted by the ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar across her forehead and more than a few questions about Walt' s predecessor, Lucian Connally. Walt doesn' t recognize the mystery woman, but she seems to know him and claims to have something she must return to Connally.

With his daughter, Cady, and his undersheriff Vic Moretti in Philadelphia for the holidays, Walt is at loose ends, and despite the woman' s reticence to reveal her identity, he agrees to help her. At the Durant Home for Assisted Living Lucian Connally is several tumblers into his Pappy Van Winkle' s and swears he's never clapped eyes on the woman before. Disappointed, she whispers " Steamboat" and begins a story that takes them all back to Christmas Eve 1988, when three people died in a terrible crash and a young girl had the slimmest chance of survival...back to a record-breaking blizzard, to Walt' s first year as sheriff, with a young daughter at home and a wife praying for his safety...back to a whiskey-soaked World War II vet ready to fly a decommissioned plane and risk it all to save a life.

©2013 Craig Johnson (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 01-01-14
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 01-01-14 Member Since 2006

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Welcome Holiday Diversion"

    A dangerous, ill-advised medical rescue flight in an ancient aircraft to Denver on a stormy winter's night. Tension aplenty, and a flashback to Walt Longmire's early days as Sheriff, when his daughter was a youngster and his wife was still alive. There's also new insight into Walt's predecessor and friend Luther.

    My husband and I listened to this short piece during a holiday driving trip. Walt is always a good companion. Some of our favorite Longmire characters are missing from this novella, and its length prohibits the usual multifaceted plot of Johnson's works, but we nevertheless enjoyed this short adventure. Perhaps not the best introduction to the series, so don't start with this one if you are new to Craig Johnson. But, for fans, it's a great, bumpy ride! And George Guidell, as always, is just spot-on perfect!

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    Ronna United States 12-16-13
    Ronna United States 12-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "To fly or not to fly!"

    This story begins on a Christmas Eve with Sheriff Walt Longmire starting to read his annual reading of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Scattered amongst the story to follow, are pieces of this Dickens's story that have become meaningful to Walt.

    A terrible snow storm has resulted in a car crash that kills everyone but one small girl. Her only chance of survival is getting to better medical facilities in Denver's Hospital. Roads are closed and flying is all but forbidden. Her only chance is the courageous, or perhaps stupid team led by the crotchety former Sheriff Lucian Connelly. One legged, and living in an assisted living center, Lucian agrees to help Walt try to save this small girl's life.

    Their mode of transportation becomes the old relic antique B-25 named "Steamboat" after the bucking horse on the Wyoming license plates. Many people try to dissuade them taking this flight into the treacherous storm, but the comatose child and her tiny Japanese grandmother. This story is the thrilling adventure as the plane rattles and sputters to Denver under the expert flying of ex-Marine pilot, Lucian.

    As always, Craig Johnson knows how to write an exciting and often humorous story. The connections between the horse, "Steamboa", this airplane, and the injured young girl is fascinating. We also learn more about Sheriff Longmire when he first became Sheriff. Excellent story of bravery and courage for all the right reasons!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 12-22-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 12-22-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Full Steam Ahead"

    A feel good Walt Longmire Christmas novella. One Christmas Eve when Lucian was still the sheriff, can-do Walt and Lucian set out on a harrowing adventure to save a young girl's life. She is the only survivor of a terrible car accident and must be transported immediately to a hospital than can treat her life threatening injuries before its too late.

    Crazy Lucent, Walt, and a young female pilot that Lucent calls "toots", take on the task of flying an old bomber called, "Steamboat" through a terrible ice and snow blizzard. A wonderful, heroic story of faith and giving sprinkled with a little "nut job".

    The perfect blend of humor and Christmas spirit. As always George Guidall's narrative was excellent. Tis the season.

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    A User Danville, IN, United States 11-27-13
    A User Danville, IN, United States 11-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "An Early Christmas Present!"

    I have listened to and enjoyed immensely all the books in the Walt Longmire series, and, as much as this makes me sound a little pathetic, I have really missed all the wonderful characters, the bittersweet stories of life and death, love and loss, the basic gentle kindness of the main characters, the laugh out loud dialog and wonderful sense of humor, and of course, the best narrator ever, George Guidall. And then comes this all too brief but wonderful story! Merry Christmas to me! I only hope there will be more to come. They just get better and better!

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    Cheryl Pleasant Hill, CA, United States 10-20-13
    Cheryl Pleasant Hill, CA, United States 10-20-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Move over Memphis Belle, Steamboat is here"

    A fun, feel good story looking into the younger lives of the sheriffs' . A great story for a lazy Saturday or Sunday.

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    V. Sharol Cutrell Kansas, USA 10-19-13
    V. Sharol Cutrell Kansas, USA 10-19-13 Member Since 2001

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    "wonderful little book"
    What did you love best about Spirit of Steamboat?

    Steamboat is an extremely well written little book about my favorite characters. It adds to the readers' knowledge of a couple of them, but more importantly it emphasizes the humanity of them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spirit of Steamboat?

    Watching Walt hang halfway out of the underside of an airplane (and I do mean watching, because Johnson has a talent for showing the reader the story rather than telling him/her about it) was hair raising. I mean, we knew he would survive -- after all, the action in this book takes place decades before the books in the series, but that doesn't impact the drama in the slightest.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator is fabulous and has become the voice of Walt Longmire for me. When Guidall reads a book, I always give it a second look, but in the Longmire books, he is inspired.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is especially important to me because I love the ongoing series, but it would be a good stand-alone, also, for those who need an introduction to Walt's world. For an investment of just over 3 hours, the reader gets a good taste of Johnson's amazing writing and Guidall's gifted narration. Top notch.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    d. Pleasant View, TN, United States 04-07-14
    d. Pleasant View, TN, United States 04-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I do miss Walt Longmire"

    It is nice to have even a short story from Craig Johnson, about Walt Longmire. I have been reading books that some could say were boring compared to the sarcastic witty banter in all the Longmire books. This story is no exception. Laughing a the interactions of the characters one minute, crying the next. Until I started this book, I did not realize how much I missed Walt.

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    Kitty Reno, NV 03-25-14
    Kitty Reno, NV 03-25-14 Member Since 2002

    I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.

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    "Love this series..."

    Short but it was done well. I tend to not buy short books. However, this is a part of the story in a series of books and should not be skipped. It give the reader a good insight into the character of Walt Longmire.The story takes you back to 1988 when he if first elected sherif. It was by accident that this is one of the first books that I bought in the series. I am now going to listen to them all.

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    Richard Kentwood, MI, United States 03-11-14
    Richard Kentwood, MI, United States 03-11-14 Member Since 2006

    Listen mostly to urban fantasy and suspense/thrillers but also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, classic, modern, spiritual or general literature. And I always like a bit of romance in any of my stories.

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    "It's about Lucian"

    A lot of back story about Lucian and Walt's relationship to him is given, all wrapped up in a good story about the two of them helping a young girl. Some have commented that there's too much technical detail about the plane. While there is some I never found this to be intrusive and it's the interaction of the people on the plane not the plane itself that form the focus. George Guidall does a fantastic job as always. It's a bit short but if you're a fan of the Longmire books you are going to want to listen to this. If you find it on sale as I did, even better.

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    Karyn Three Forks, MT, United States 02-21-14
    Karyn Three Forks, MT, United States 02-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great LONGMIRE short story"

    I really liked this story. Well put together and it's funny, sad and has seat gripping tensions. You will like it.

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