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The Dark Horse Audiobook

The Dark Horse: A Walt Longmire Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

The Denver Post hails Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mystery series as a must-read. Joining the four previous novels - all of which have been Book Sense picks - The Dark Horse puts a unique Wyoming twist on the classic British village mystery.

Sheriff Longmire investigates when his instincts tell him something isn't right about a prisoner accused of killing her husband. Wade Barsad, a man with a dubious past, locked his wife's horses in their barn and burned the animals alive. In return, Mary shot Wade in the head six times - or so the story goes. Walt doesn't believe Mary's confession, and he's determined to dig deeper. Posing as an insurance claims investigator, Walt soon discovers other people who might have wanted Wade dead, including a beautiful Guatemalan bartender and a rancher with a taste for liquor, but not for honesty.

The Dark Horse is sure to build on the success of Another Man's Moccasins as Sheriff Longmire unpins his star and ventures into a town without pity to save a woman without hope.

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

©2009 Craig Johnson; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Michael Geib 07-10-09 Member Since 2014
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    "The Dark Horse"

    This is my first introduction to Craig Johnson's work. The reader did a good job, story was also good. Enjoy it, for what it is.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Lois Pahrump, NV, United States 08-19-09
    Lois Pahrump, NV, United States 08-19-09 Listener Since 2009

    Lois Passed away 1 month ago today. Stop her membership..thank you Husband Fred Hall

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    "Another great read!!"

    Loved the latest adventure of Walt, Vic, & Henry Standing Bear. The characters become more endearing with each chapter. Cannot wait until Craig Johnson writes another Longmire mystery & George Guidall reads it "to life".

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    anna Chico, CA, United States 06-09-10
    anna Chico, CA, United States 06-09-10 Member Since 2015
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    "and it was such a promising series..."

    I really loved this series...until it became a romance novel for old men who dream of a young nubile woman falling for them. His relationship and sexual encounters with Vic are just too embarrassing to listen to :(

    25 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 05-11-14
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 05-11-14 Member Since 2015

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "And another good story involving Walt."

    Another complex and emotionally invested "mystery" novel. It is true that many of the supporting cast are not present in this book (because Walt leaves them behind to go "undercover"), but I don't think that hurt the story at all. There wasn't much room (or need) for the sidekicks here.

    It might have been a bit more "hands on" than previous books - where Walt has to physically interact with the "bad guys", but this whole thread had a secondary motive: to help Walt purge some of his internalized anger. Yeah, Walt is an angry man... an angry man who works for the "good" side, but still very angry. I think the events in this book might have helped purge him of some of that (and we shall see for sure in the next Walt installation).

    The mystery might actually have been a bit more detailed than usual, and I liked the flash forward way the story was told for the bulk of the book. This difference in the story telling method actually helped differentiate this book from others in the series (after all, after awhile, books with the same characters, in the same setting, solving mysteries, might become hard to distinguish from each other).

    The narrator *is* Walt Longmire. There is some swearing but it is not excessive. There is no sex or graphic violence (though there is violence). I have bought the rest of the series from Audible.

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    John NJ, United States 01-27-14
    John NJ, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Another excellent Longmire story"

    This is about the only series i never seem to tire of. Great repeating characters, but always something different and interesting too. In fact, i save these books for after a read i did not enjoy - they get me back up. (and, i don't want to run out - so have to take my time.) Bottom line: this was another good installment, with good narration too. Recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruthless 11-29-13
    Ruthless 11-29-13 Member Since 2016

    Good Books Don't Promote Violence

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    "Good story - a little dark"

    This is another good Longmire story, although parts the storyline are a little depressing. However, there is humor in the variety of characters and the narrator is excellent.

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    Michael Seattle, WA, United States 09-30-13
    Michael Seattle, WA, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2007

    I'm an inventor and author, living in Seattle; an old man, living a full life with Kathy, my first and only wife.

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    "A surprise treat."

    The novel is "up to snuff with the rest of this series, but there is a hidden prize for the listener, after the story ends; a long and delightful interview between author and reader, which is not merely the best I've ever heard--it's in a class by itself

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Calliope 09-24-13
    Calliope 09-24-13
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    "comfy like well-worn leather (with a mystery!)"

    Listening to these characters (voiced by Guidall) is like coming home to my favourite comfy chair - familiar, relaxing, enjoyable. This installment in the series is a good one, full of the flavour of the small towns with terrific characterizations, but with enough mystery to make it interesting and keep me guessing about the plot. The more I read of this series, the more I know and like the character of Walt Longmire, beyond the surface of small-town western sheriff....the father, the friend, the boss, the hero, the widow, the man. I like him.

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    Lynne 08-01-13
    Lynne 08-01-13
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    "Another winner!"

    Craig Johnson has not yet disappointed with his Walt Longmire series. Although this book begins a little differently from some of the previous books in the series and takes place mostly in a nearby town, it is true to the characters which I've come to adore. It has unique twists and turns and a few new, memorable characters. The narrative is sometimes humorous, as always, but becomes tense and suspenseful before the exciting conclusion. And the reader, George Guidall, IS Walt Longmire. Never does he miss on the nuances and intent of the writing. I've never listened to another reader who gets everything right, but George Guidall does! I've even heard him say that he feels as though he becomes Walt Longmire when he's reading one of the books in the series. Please, Mr. Johnson, keep Walt Longmire safe and serving as sheriff forever, and please, Mr. Guidall, stay well so you can keep on being Walt Longmire!.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pete Marietta, GA, United States 05-05-13
    Pete Marietta, GA, United States 05-05-13 Member Since 2009
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    "another great one!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dark Horse?

    It would spoil the ending to answer that.


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

    I have only heard George read the Walt Longmire stories by Craig Johnson. His reading is perfect for this book. He has clear voices for all the characters and is very easy to listen to.


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

    Yes. I almost did being in the car all day on a road trip. Wonderful.


    Any additional comments?

    i have enjoyed all of these books by Craig Johnson. They are all wonderful. Each one is exciting and surprising. the last hour of this recording has a chat between Craig Johnson and George Guidall. This conversation was so enlightening. A wonderful treat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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