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Spirit of Steamboat Audiobook

Spirit of Steamboat: A Walt Longmire Story

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Publisher's Summary

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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    chingrap Honolulu, HI, US 06-09-15
    chingrap Honolulu, HI, US 06-09-15 Member Since 2011
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    "another great longmire story."

    loved it. another great story from Craig Johnson and narration from George Guidallll..

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    Laura 05-28-15
    Laura 05-28-15
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    "Early Walt story- interesting with WW2 information"

    Fun, great reader, short - worth a listen. It has the Walt of today retelling a story of his youth.

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    Bruce Langsen Sarasota, FL USA 05-25-15
    Bruce Langsen Sarasota, FL USA 05-25-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Ernest K Gann Lives On"
    What did you like best about this story?

    If you enjoyed the Ernest K Gann books you will enjoy and appreciate this novelette. All the great characters and aspects of the Longmire series on an adventure involving great skill, earned in the past, on an aircraft that should be in a museum.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Either of the 2 sheriffs


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    30 Seconds over Denver


    Any additional comments?

    Craig Johnson spins these yarns so incredibly well. Longmire is right up there with Robert Parkers "Spenser" series for pure adventure and camaraderie.

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    L. Raguso Lebanon, TN United States 05-21-15
    L. Raguso Lebanon, TN United States 05-21-15 Member Since 2012

    Geek, FanGirl, into Supernatural Horror and the Macabre. Favorite authors: Mark Tufo, Stephen King, John Sandford, Darynda Jones, Z. Recht.

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    "Great short story."
    If you could sum up Spirit of Steamboat in three words, what would they be?

    Sheriffs save lives


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that we got more insight on Walt's relationship with his wife.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    George Guidall is one of my favorite narrators. I have listened to books just because he was narrating.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Life hanging by a storm.


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    GoldenDays 05-15-15
    GoldenDays 05-15-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Outstanding as usual."

    Always a unique story by the author and excellent performance. Craig Johnson will need to kill off Longmire if George Guidall ever retires.

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    Amazon Customer 03-30-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Guidall shines again!"

    This is a great character study. wonderful story. high adventure. not your usual "one crime solved per episode" scenario we've come to expect. but all the heart strings are tugged upon. Craig Johnson has quickly become one of my favorite wordsmiths!

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    John Lidh 03-24-15
    John Lidh 03-24-15
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    "Great story, great narration."

    A moving story by one of my favorite authors. Mr Guidall remains as THE voice of Walt Longmire. Keep em coming!

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    Nathan Houston, TX, USA 03-14-15
    Nathan Houston, TX, USA 03-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Best of them all"

    There's only one thing wrong with this book. It is too short. I could have listened to this for weeks.

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    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 03-05-15
    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 03-05-15
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    "Another Walt and Guidall - I never tire of the com"

    My review is redundant on the Longmire books. I love Guidall and for me he IS Walt Longmire. I look forward to the next book as I finish one.

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    David WACO, TX, United States 03-05-15
    David WACO, TX, United States 03-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Skip this one"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The next book in the series


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    A great narrator makes a good book very good. Guidall is the best


    Was Spirit of Steamboat worth the listening time?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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