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Spirit of Steamboat Audiobook

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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    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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    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


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    Melodee 01-22-15
    Melodee 01-22-15
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    "This was a great listen!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Spirit of Steamboat to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the book.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Kept wondering when something would go right.


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

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Craig Johnson writes great stories and I enjoy spending time with his characters.

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    Julianna 01-16-15
    Julianna 01-16-15
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    "Edge of your seat drama."

    A heartfelt emotional story with great suspense and a thoughtful, philosophical thread running through it.

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    C.S. Bills Grand Blanc, MI USA 01-11-15
    C.S. Bills Grand Blanc, MI USA 01-11-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great holiday read for Longmire fans!"

    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!

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    Charles Findley 01-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Another riveting C. Johnson yarn."
    Would you listen to Spirit of Steamboat again? Why?

    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.


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

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It would certainly have kept me captivated but I listen in the car.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    M. Giorgi Trenton, NJ 12-14-14
    M. Giorgi Trenton, NJ 12-14-14 Member Since 2013

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Spirit of Steamboat to be better than the print version?

    Didn't do the print version but the reader really makes the book come to life.


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

    When Lucian denies being the pilot who saved the girl.


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

    George brings volumes to the voices and the story. Each character is distinct. He has an ease to his voice. You believe him.


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

    Nerves of Steel!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie 07-27-14
    Bonnie 07-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "On the edge of your seat"

    It was thrilling and a tear tearjerker. One of the best of the Longmire series.

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    Janice LAGRANGE, KY, United States 04-29-14
    Janice LAGRANGE, KY, United States 04-29-14 Member Since 2005

    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.

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    "If You Didn't Already Love Walt Longmire You Will"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Spirit of Steamboat to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but the audio versions of these books are always wonderful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


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    Patricia 04-21-14
    Patricia 04-21-14
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, if they were following Walt Longmire but this retro story is not so good.


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

    Walt is the best in this book


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    maybe


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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