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
I love the Longmire series and have listened to all before this one. I'd skip this one. Johnson's mysteries are wonderful but not this one.
The Indian spirituality gets a little tedious and in the other books I ignored it.
The next book in the series
A great narrator makes a good book very good. Guidall is the best
Haven't read the book.
Kept wondering when something would go right.
George Guidall is the best. I love listening to him. One of the reasons that I started listening to this series was because George Guidall was narrating.
Craig Johnson writes great stories and I enjoy spending time with his characters.
Craig Johnson's books are like rich desserts I indulge in, in between other books because I'm trying to make the Longmire series last as long as I can. It's that good!
Yes, because it sheds a little more light on the relationship between Lucian and Walt and the character that underlies the personas that both men have grown in an effort to amour themselves against the cruelties of the world. The book also walks you back into an interesting phase of world history before Walt and Lucian met.
YES! I think that I should start doing searches on just his narrations. First rate performance again. With just his voice inflections, you can close your eyes just see the characters he is portraying and feeling the tension in the situations being described.
It would certainly have kept me captivated but I listen in the car.
The combination of Mr. Johnson's writing style, the way he turns a phrase, and the humor he injects into otherwise tense situations, coupled with Mr. Guidall's narration makes the listener feel as though they can smell and feel the atmosphere that envelopes the characters.
Didn't do the print version but the reader really makes the book come to life.
When Lucian denies being the pilot who saved the girl.
George brings volumes to the voices and the story. Each character is distinct. He has an ease to his voice. You believe him.
Nerves of Steel!!
I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.
I haven't read the print version but the audio versions of these books are always wonderful.
This is may seem like the obligatory Christmas episode of a series but is so much more. Each character is so well-drawn that is it vey easy to imagine each of them in his or her entirety. The action and suspense is palpable and there is nothing smaltzy at all. I loved this book for many reasons.
Guidall has a wry, laconic style that fits the character very well. Longmire never takes himself seriously and Guidall is very good at voicing that part of Walt's personality. It is a great match of content, character and talent.
The denouement with the former sheriff, Lucian, and the current sheriff Walt and their unexpected visitor is a lovely moment handled well by both author and reader.
Yes, if they were following Walt Longmire but this retro story is not so good.
Walt is the best in this book
I missed Henry and the other current characters. After the previous book and it outcome there was no follow up in this one and I found that disapppointing.
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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