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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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    ChuckDPhoto Boulder, CO USA 10-04-12
    ChuckDPhoto Boulder, CO USA 10-04-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Cold Dish is delicious!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cold Dish the most enjoyable?

    Sorry about the cliche headline but within 10 minutes into this book I realized I was enjoying it immensely on many levels. Great story. Great humor. Great characters. Fantastic narration. I realized that this was something special and I knew I would soon be getting the entire series and would probably listen to the series several times over the next few years.
    Although completely different characters and genre, I like Sheriff Walt as much as I like Miles Vorkosigan in Bujold's Barrayar novels.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cold Dish?

    I particularly liked the mystical touch when Walt was saving Henry during the blizzard. It was well done. It wasn't obviously supernatural, which I don't care for, but it was evocative. It expressed Walt's connection to his best friend, Henry, a Cheyenne.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked any scene with Vick in it. She is great.


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

    Yes. And then I'd start over and listen again.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the other books in the series are as good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E.D. California 09-25-12
    E.D. California 09-25-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Amazing experience, don't miss it!"

    Having some family history in Wyoming, I was curious to read this book. Also being a fan of Harry Bosch, I was looking for more good detective fiction. I wish I'd found this sooner. The amazing thing is that it seems to be the authors first book! It is so well shaped and "finished" feeling that I was really surprised to find it wasn't from an experience novelist.

    It's as good as any whodunit based anywhere, the suspense, the investigation, the characters are beautifully crafted. It doesn't have that uneven feeling you get from new authors who sometimes drop the ball and you can get bored.

    You will feel like you know Walt Longmire, and you will know his voice. It's George Guidall. I like his narration much more in this than the Cat Who...books. He really has nailed Longmire.

    Later I found that there is a television series on a premium channel, and I got to see one episode. They have rearranged some of the characters. Harumph! All I will say is that the Longmire and Standing Bear characters are well cast. I'm not sure who the others are.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    stone artist 09-15-12

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    "Great book!"

    I really enjoyed this book. My first Walt Longmire book, but not the last! Good plot and story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Crosby, TX, United States 09-13-12
    Larry Crosby, TX, United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2008
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    "How many sililarities can you spot?"

    Craig Johnson has got to be a pseudonym for James Lee Burke. The formula is exact!
    Former Vietnam Vet lawman dealing with anger issues and dead wife, and romancing a new one. His best friend is a Vietnam Vet, who drives a clunker and even though not a law officer, he is the Sheriff’s back up man. Small police force and the best cops on it are women. Main character has an only female daughter who is a college grad. Main character also has several bullet wounds. Alcoholism is featured throughout story… the list of similarities is never ending… Don’t get me wrong. I am not complaining, it is a great story. Oh, George Guidall is a star narrator!

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    Susan 09-11-12
    Susan 09-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I love the scope of emotions."
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The humor mixed in with the mystery and drama. The local color add to the story.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I want to listen to the whole series.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Walt is the best.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Yes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce T. Spence Eugene, Or United States 09-10-12
    Joyce T. Spence Eugene, Or United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Love Wyoming!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cold Dish to be better than the print version?

    The narrator gives a special quality to the character of Walt Longmire


    What did you like best about this story?

    the complex relationships of the characters


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the hallucinatory scenes as he was rescuing the suspect and his friend


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

    It made me both laugh and cry


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Muris R Boshell Jr. Haleyville, AL United States 09-10-12
    Muris R Boshell Jr. Haleyville, AL United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Better than the Series"
    Would you listen to The Cold Dish again? Why?

    The Narrator was made for this book.


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

    Possibly Lonesome Dove - great story witty - good dialouge between characters. Never a dull moment. You have larger than life characters with drama, pathos and tragedy trying to make the best of it and make sense of the world


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

    No


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

    Laugh quite a bit, Stayed very intrigued by the story. A few of the seems drew on very visceral emotions


    Any additional comments?

    The language is very strong, adult. Not for sensitive readers but appropriate for the genre, area. Captures the essence of life in a small mountain town.

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    T. S. Hernandez 09-10-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Saw the Show, got the audiobooks"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cold Dish the most enjoyable?

    The voice actor adds a ton to this series...


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot was interesting, came out of left field on me, which I enjoy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 09-08-12
    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 09-08-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyable read, but predictable"
    Would you listen to The Cold Dish again? Why?

    No but I will try another Walt Longmire mystery. It had a predictable ending


    Any additional comments?

    The writing is creative and thought provoking, in the vein of James Lee Burke's Dave Roicheaux. The characters are well thought out and multi dimensional which I very much enjoy. The Plot was a little scattered and in the end not as satisfying as the characters themselves

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clance Kiowa, KS, United States 09-04-12
    Clance Kiowa, KS, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "New Reader ...can't put my headphones down !"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cold Dish to be better than the print version?

    I have not read any of Craig Johnson's books, but I can't imagine the book is better than the multiple voice audio version...unless it included color pictures of the scenery, he paints for the listener.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His referral to Wyoming locations, makes me Google them up to see for myself. I've been to some of them, and it causes me to recall my visits.


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

    His inflections and tone changes, pauses,etc. are wonderful. Makes me think of how the TV Sheriff Longmire...would react in his voice. as a comparison.


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

    Yep !!...should finish today. In a way, I'm glad I cannot listen in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to order Book #2 in the series
    Wish he would continue the fishing details in future books, as I "yearn" to go Trout fishing again soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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