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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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    Elaine72 06-05-14
    Elaine72 06-05-14
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    "Another great story"

    I have enjoyed all of the series by Craig Johnson. George Guidell gives each character a voice of their own. Henry Standing Bear is my favorite and has the best comedy lines.

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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 09-22-13
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 09-22-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Just as good as the previous titles in the Series!"

    First of all, I love the narrator, George Guidall. He could almost make any story sound good, but when you add such good writing by Craig Johnson to his narration, it can’t be anything but good.

    I loved the part about the Dark Horse and Longmire which you will enjoy in the last third of the book.

    You will not be disappointed in this Longmire story. I hope he keeps writing them.

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    Helen 09-06-13
    Helen 09-06-13
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    "Interesting"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the story. A little different than other Walt Longmire stories, but interesting.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending had a surprising twist. Very enjoyable.


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

    The performance of george Guidall was excellent, as always. I love his interpretation of "The Cheyenne Nation" Love the way the author depicts this character. Walt, as always, is a very restful character to imagine.


    Any additional comments?

    The inclusion of an interview with the author disappointed me. The time allotted to the iterview was very long. I listen to these audio books while taking my daily walk and was not at all iterested i listening to an iterview. I prefer the entertainment of listening to George Guidall tell the story.

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    Zulu 07-31-13
    Zulu 07-31-13
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    "Favorite of the series, so far"

    So far this has been my favorite book of the series. I enjoy all the main characters and how they interact, although in this book we don't get to see much of Vic and Henry. As in the last book this one goes back and forth between the past and the present, although this time it's just a few days and is used to explain how Longmire ended up undercover. Another county sends a woman to Longmire's jail and he believes her innocent so he goes undercover to find out what really happened. We're introduced to marvelous secondary characters and even a few horses.

    At the end of the book is an interview between the author and the narrator so you get to learn how the author came up with the different ideas for his books.

    The narrator did his usual great job.

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    Lynne 06-17-13
    Lynne 06-17-13
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    "A Great read..Craig Johnson does it again"
    What made the experience of listening to The Dark Horse the most enjoyable?

    another nail biting book. Good plot and several surprizes along the way. Made you root for the main character


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

    yes, went into detail as to what Walt was thinking as different things were happening


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Walt riding the black horse in the dead of night


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    Marjan 06-06-13
    Marjan 06-06-13

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    "Horsin Around"
    What did you like best about this story?

    This story had a lot more interaction with horses then the other books in the series and that was fun to listen to. The love hate relationship that old cowboys have with their mounts is a tough one to capture with words but Craig Johnson hit the nail on the head.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Love him as the voice of Walt Longmire, I can't imagine anyone elses voice for the narration.


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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 05-10-13
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 05-10-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Best of the Walt Longmire Series so Far"

    I've enjoyed all the Walt Longmire books so far. Craig Johnson and this series are not among my all time favorites, but they are entertaining enough to recommend, and are worth your time and money.

    George Guidall is my all-time favorite narrator and he fits this series to a tee. He's even better in this series than he is in the Mitch Rapp books by Vince Flynn.

    Anyway, I haven't felt that any of the Craig Johnson - Walt Longmire books are "Can't Put Down", and I do find myself drifting at times from these books. There seems to be too many side conversations and small events that aren't really related to the story, and go beyond describing the way of life and times of living near an Indian Reservation in Wyoming.

    If you haven't already found him, James Lee Burke is a fantastic Americana style writer in this genre and is one of my all-time favorites. I would highly recommend him and his Dave Robicheaux series. As for Walt Longmire, I will probably continue listening to the rest of the books, but I'll take breaks along the way.

    Overall, recommended!

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    John 04-28-13
    John 04-28-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Very good, but..."
    If you could sum up The Dark Horse in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting but overdone. Johnson devotes too much of each book to the influence of the Native American spirit world on Walt Longmire, the non-Native American Sheriff.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    shift focus to the story and away from so much of the warrior spirits.


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

    Guidall is a consummate professional. Sometimes inflections of new characters are not as sharp as one might like, but generally can keep track of who is talking.


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

    Well, not moved, but the Hispanic character he handcuffed in the lodge was perfect comic relief.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable stories, very well prerformed.

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    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 04-10-13
    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 04-10-13
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    "Never met a Walt Longmire I didn't like"

    I keep waiting for the next Craig Johnson listen. I can only say what I've said before. Johnson and Guidall are perfect partners, the characters are a hoot and I can't wait for them to weave in and out of the stories.

    Enjoyed the chat at the end between Guidall and Johnson. I enjoy these, as few as they are, since it paints an interesting picture of the author.

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    Autumn Lavina Halloway 03-25-13
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    "Walt Rides Again"
    Would you listen to The Dark Horse again? Why?

    Yes. I loved the way the story moved back and forth so I got more background as I went. Saved me from having to remember too much between listening periods.


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

    I love good mysteries and have now added a new author to my must-read list. A good mix of characters is important to a story, and boy! did we have characters! It was interesting to me to note the difference between the characters from the television show and the characters in the book.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    George Guidall's performances are always excellent. He's one of my favorite readers.


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

    I loved the interaction between Walt and the horse. He was so gentle with her and respected her spirit.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to read more Walt Longmire stories!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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