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The Cold Dish Audiobook

The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance.

Two years earlier, four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

Listen to all of Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries.

©2004 Craig Johnson; (P)2006 Recorded Books LLC

What the Critics Say

"A strong sense of place, a credible plot, and deft dialogue lift Johnson's good-humored debut novel." (Publishers Weekly)
"Johnson, who lives in Ucross, Wyoming, knows the Western landscape well, and creates stunning and violent scenes of the Rocky Mountains." (Bookmarks) "We in the West have a major new talent on our hands." (The Denver Post)

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    Cynthia United States 03-11-13
    Cynthia United States 03-11-13
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    "The Cold Dish worth the listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cold Dish the most enjoyable?

    Comfort of my own home


    What did you like best about this story?

    Kept me interested till the end.


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

    I liked the sound of this voice


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    Carole CLAYTON, NC, United States 03-11-13
    Carole CLAYTON, NC, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2016
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    "People's personalities and their lives."
    What made the experience of listening to The Cold Dish the most enjoyable?

    People's relationships in the story.


    What other book might you compare The Cold Dish to and why?

    I don't know.


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

    The narrator's pace of conversation add so much more the characters personality I don't think you would get if you just read the book.


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

    This one didn't hold my interest to "not put down" like some of the author's other books.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to listen to another on of his!

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    Fredric Katy, TX, United States 03-10-13
    Fredric Katy, TX, United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Witty and entertaining from start to finish"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anybody who loves a mystery that is rich in characters, this is a good bet. I've been a longtime follower of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch character and his ability to lead me down the garden path to the wrong conclusion or perpetrator. I was pleasantly surprised when I finished "The Cold Dish" that Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire also had me following a logical progression of clues, and had kept me on the wrong trail until the end of the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Actually I had three favorite characters; Walt, Henry and Vic. The sarcasm and humor at times kept me in stitches.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    I grew up listening to radio programs. I've heard plenty of good voice characterizations during those years and sometimes the voice fit the character, and sometimes not so much. George Guidall's voice is perfect for the Walt Longmire character. Medium deep but with good resonance and just enough drawl and age to it.


    Any additional comments?

    There were times while out and about when listening with my ear buds on, that I broke out laughing out loud. I got some strange looks, so be warned!

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    Kathy Auberry, CA, United States 03-03-13
    Kathy Auberry, CA, United States 03-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great first experience with a Longmire mystery.."

    Had never read one of the Longmire mysteries, and with Guidall narrating, I had to remind myself that this was not a Hillerman novel moved into the Wyoming area. As with Hillerman I always enjoy the developed and personal portrayals of the main characters. Almost as much as descriptions of indian culture and symbolism. The storyline was good, some might find it slightly slow, but knowing that this is a series, am happy to have a well established background.
    I will definitely be picking up the second in this series, it fills an empty void since I have read and listened to almost every Hillerman novel. I miss Joe and Jim, and found Walt, Standing Bear and Vic.

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    sandy gotha, FL, United States 02-28-13
    sandy gotha, FL, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2014
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    "good storytelling. great narrator"
    Any additional comments?

    The characters and plot evolve along with their relationships with each other. At first I wasn't sure i liked the narrator, but now i can't get enough of Walts humbleness, due in part to great narration! Was not ready for this book to be over.

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    M. Little Des Plaines, IL 02-26-13
    M. Little Des Plaines, IL 02-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great in every way."
    Would you listen to The Cold Dish again? Why?

    No, because I don't read or listen to mysteries a second time.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    His entire narration is top notch especially his portrayal of different characters.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I love the Walt Longmire mysteries especially for the back story and Walt's take on life and different situations. The mystery is always good but it's learning more about Walt that elevates these mysteries to a higher level.

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    Michael Vancouver, WA, United States 02-25-13
    Michael Vancouver, WA, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cold Dish the most enjoyable?

    Narration was great.


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

    Walter


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

    listened to while commuting to and from work. Couldn't wait to go to work


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    Aaron 02-17-13
    Aaron 02-17-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Cowboy Sheriff in Indian Territory"

    Johnson has skillfully created a believable main character in Walt Longmire, who is the sheriff of a small town in Wyoming. The interaction and dialogue created by Longmire's movements around town, and among a host of friends and acquaintances, is by far the most enjoyable aspect of this book. The strength of Johnson's writing rests almost entirely on these qualities.

    The mysterious murders on which the plot rests, however, is over-wrought. This aspect is not nearly as interesting as the character dynamics.

    Johnson's descriptions of "action-scenes" (such as climbing a mountain in winter, etc...) are decidedly the weakest points of this book. It was as if he was reaching back into vague memories for words and feelings, and the result is a detachment from the story just long enough to break the spell. This, in contrast to how Johnson writes about the day-to-day interactions of the main characters, which are fresh and light, and the dialogue is playful.

    The ending was a little dragged-out.

    For a $4.95 sale book, it was worth the price.

    If you like books with a small town Western/Native American theme, and a "pull up a chair" attitude, you will undoubtedly enjoy 'Cold Dish'.

    George Guidall's performance was flawless.

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    Ann 02-13-13
    Ann 02-13-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Craig Johnson's Longmire is the Best!"

    I listen to an average of 100 books a year, and the Longmire books are some of my most favorite! I find myself going back and relistening (they have to be fantastic for me to re-listen) time and again. George Guidall is a brilliant narrator, also one of my favorites!

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    Donna Boulder, CO, United States 02-12-13
    Donna Boulder, CO, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent!"
    If you could sum up The Cold Dish in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating nuanced storytelling.


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

    Gravitas. I found it a little hard to distinguish between the two main male voices, but once I got the distinction it was wonderful.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me feel and it made me think.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to several books since, and I have compared them all (negatively) to this one. I'm chomping at the bit to get to the rest of the Walt Longmire series!

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