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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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    Kevin L. 06-12-14
    Kevin L. 06-12-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story. Verrrrry Slooooooowwwww."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe


    What did you like best about this story?

    Plot good.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Great voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Please edit. This should have been a 10 hr book. Could have achieved this by picking up the pace and eliminating dialog wondering into meaningless trivia.

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    Bruce Langsen Sarasota, FL USA 06-06-14
    Bruce Langsen Sarasota, FL USA 06-06-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Somewhere Between Rbt Parker and Tony Hillerman"
    What other book might you compare The Cold Dish to and why?

    Definitely lies somewhere between Parker's Spenser series and Tony Hillerman's Jim Chee books. If you enjoy them you'll love Walt Longmire. Great, fun characterizations.


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

    Could not put it down.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cat Wrangler New York 06-03-14
    Cat Wrangler New York 06-03-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Slow, slower, slowest--and predictable"

    I believe this is a well written book from a technical standpoint. There are lots of characters--and they are fully developed. If you like the West, the setting is well developed and described. And described. But the novel goes on forever, and forever, and then some. The plot develops at a snail's pace, and Johnson never introduces a character who doesn't have a backstory--and Longmire never has a thought that doesn't have a backstory--and he tells us the backstory slowly, and in detail. Did they pay him by the word?

    In a murder mystery, it's the plot that moves the action and the reader. Plot is what makes us want to turn the page to find out what happens next. This novel is so, so slow to develop. I knew who the killer was by mid-point in the novel and had to wait through endless stories and sub-stories to get to the point where Longmire discovered it. I won't belabor this any more; unlike Johnson, I know when to end the story. If you want atmosphere and backstory, read this novel. Otherwise, look for another author.

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    Roberta 05-30-14
    Roberta 05-30-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Well done characters and a great story."
    What made the experience of listening to The Cold Dish the most enjoyable?

    The characters are well developed and original. Mr Guidall is a great narrator. Walt is not the usual sheriff but a great person and Henry is someone I would like to know. They would both make great dinner companions.


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

    The plot did drive the story, the murderer was not anyone I expected. I enjoyed this book and listened to it over 2 days. The back story needed to be told, it made the story smooth without saying hurry up and get to today.


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

    The first time I listened to Mr Guidall was in "The Cat Who..." series, the more serious storyline made me really apprecite his talent. Drama has more range than fluff. But we all need fluff occassionally.


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

    I would have liked to, but other commitments prevented it.


    Any additional comments?

    I am reading the series and thoroughly enjoying it. When I found out it is a A&E series and I missed two seasons I wished I had found Walt and friends sooner. If you do like the series the books are better. I hope Mr Johnson has many more good ideas and books in him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    craftaddiction 02-24-14
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    "Wonderful surprise"

    I read some reviews that labeled this book as a western genre. Since I am not a western genre reader, but with all the positive review this book received, I was willing to give it a try. Great sense of humor from the main character and his best friend. The narrator of the book made the book even more enjoyable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matt WHITE HAVEN, PA, United States 02-17-14
    Matt WHITE HAVEN, PA, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic"
    If you could sum up The Cold Dish in three words, what would they be?

    Love every character


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

    The scene in the blizzard on the mountain. Literally brought tears to my eyes.


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

    I feel like he makes the book come alive. Its a great story, and every character has depth. I think I would enjoy reading the book, but I simply love listening to it. The man's voice is perfect for the role.


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

    Yes and yes. I laughed out lout several times, and welled up with tears at least once. The main characters are grizzled heroes, titans among men, and yet they all have their flaws. I found myself looking forward to every aspect of the story, even the budding romance scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. I don't usually write reviews, but I feel like I need to promote this one. Best credit I've used since Tales of the Otori.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gulf Coast 01-16-14
    Gulf Coast 01-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "First, but not last, of this series for me"

    Really enjoyed this story...this is the 2nd book I have listened to narrated by George Guidall.
    Never guessed the killer...I like that in a mystery!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony M. Brasch Wisconsin 12-07-13
    Anthony M. Brasch Wisconsin 12-07-13

    Anthony Brasch

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    "Speed it up and get a better reader"
    Any additional comments?

    Very slow paced. Cliched characters. Story is ok, but should have been more to the point.

    George Guidall (the person reading the book)... Too old for the main character. Also, apparently, nearly everyone in the West other than the few main character in this book sound the same - high pitched, fast talking, nasally, and whiny.

    I gave this book a shot to try something different. I would not recommend it.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    KSHC Riverview, FL 12-03-13
    KSHC Riverview, FL 12-03-13

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    "Better than most, western or not"
    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader is fine, just too old to be Walt. Other characterizations are very good.


    Any additional comments?

    Like many people, heading west is a lifelong dream. Even as a teen, I could always see myself in Wyoming. Being from Florida, the western life is about as different as one could imagine from my own. This is the only western series I've found interesting and is pretty close to how I imagined that life would be. I love the characters, the scenery descriptions and the situations. Walt is a terrific lawman; mostly by the law but also applied with common sense, firm without being rigid. Vic is a hoot and (ironically) reminds me of my husband: a hard protective shell to defend the soft heart. Henry Standing Bear is someone I'd love to have as a best friend. He's loyal, wise, brave and capably straddles the two worlds in which he lives. Lucian seems more a caricature and gets away with more than is plausible, but he is entertaining.

    I do have a couple qualms with the writing. One is the seemingly politically correct handling of the Native Americans. Being 1/8 Indian myself I am equally amazed and baffled by reservation life. Mr. Johnson seems to almost revere the reservation residents and their ancestry to the point of not wanting to offend. Thus, the "bad guys" are almost always white. One can be respectful while remaining balanced.

    Another is being able to follow the endings. It seems, and maybe it's just me, that the endings are told in a rush. Most of the endings tie up neatly, but I always have to go back and listen more than once.The books and the TV series are both musts for me, but they are better looked as separate entities. As with most adaptations, changes are made that don't really seem necessary and most don't take away from the effect. Robert Taylor is perfectly cast as Walt Longmire, which makes it difficult to picture him with the narrator being obviously quite a bit older. Overall I love the series and will listen to them all.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nimue 12-02-13
    Nimue 12-02-13

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    "I really tried to like it"

    I really tried to like this book because of all the great reviews. I even made it half way, but finally gave up. There are too many truly great books to bother finishing this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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