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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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    Donna 03-07-13
    Donna 03-07-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Another Great Story by Craig Johnson"

    I am surprised by how much I enjoy this series, which is not what I typically read. The characters are so well written that it's hard to believe they are not real people. Fast paced story which always keeps you guessing, the narration is excellent, what more could you ask for? While each book could easily stand on its own, start at the beginning, you will not regret it.

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    Laurel R. Werner 03-01-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Love, love, love Longimre Series"
    Where does The Dark Horse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10, but considering the four or five books by Craig Johnson I've listened to so far they are all in the top ten.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I mostly love how all the Longmire books are narrated. Guidall does such a fantastic job with the different personalities and voices. Truly a pleasure to listen to. Craig Johnson's wit is always great entertainment. Each of his books are different in pace and organization even though most of the characters are the same. I like how he went back and forth from past to present in retelling the story's events.


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

    Longmire as always, but Henry Standingbear is always impressive. This book was mostly Walt telling the story.


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

    No, not an extreme reaction, but burst out with a chuckle frequently.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who likes witty mysteries and wants bit of a western, cowboy, sheriff, Indian, and spunk thrown in would like these books. Guidall is truly a wonderful narrator. I've listened to a couple of his other books and will continue to explore his narration.

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    Hiking1957 Portland, Oregon 02-20-13
    Hiking1957 Portland, Oregon 02-20-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Love the Series"
    Where does The Dark Horse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love all of the books in this series. I think the author has the right amount of humor and mystery plot. The reader of these books does a wonderful job.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't really have a favorite. I love all of the characters for various reasons.


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

    See above.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Humm.......I don't know.


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    Ann 02-13-13
    Ann 02-13-13 Member Since 2016
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    "FANTASTIC!"

    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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    HODGEPODGESPV COPPELL, TX, United States 02-08-13
    HODGEPODGESPV COPPELL, TX, United States 02-08-13 Member Since 2011

    I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!

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    "sorry folks"

    'Sorry folks, this one i just could not get into! But this is just one person's opinion.

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    EDDIE LANCASTER, CA, United States 01-24-13
    EDDIE LANCASTER, CA, United States 01-24-13
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    "Dark Horse..A True Front runner."

    Craig Johnson is an amazing story teller. The depth of the characters and attention to detail paints a full fledged picture in the reader's mind's eye. George Guidall IS Walt Longmire, I can't imagine anyone who might be able to bring him to life with as much feeling. I have listened to the previous books and become more invested with each new story.

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    Dan 01-07-13
    Dan 01-07-13
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    "Walt Longmire is actually a modern day Don Quixote"
    Where does The Dark Horse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Dark Horse kept me guessing from the start to the finish. First I didn't know why Walt was in Absalom, then I didn't know why he was doing what he was doing, then I thought this is the end...he always surprises me in every book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Sounds corny but Walt makes you want to be a better person. Craig Johnson spins reasonable and believable stories that are always engaging and thoughtful, not to forget funny as hell in parts.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    If I say I'll give away the story!


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

    His dilemma on the mesa.


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    S 01-06-13
    S 01-06-13
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    "Another great one from Johnson and Guidall"

    Once again, the story by Craig Johnson is marvelously brought to life by George Guidall's narration. I found the switching back and forth in time a little annoying, as it made the story harder to follow, but the plot line and the characters are both engaging. I love the way Johnson weaves the geography and history of the region into his stories. If you are already a fan, Dark Horse will be just what you want and expect from this series, with a great twist at the end, as usual, and a great animal character, as well. This book has the added bonus of an interview with Johnson and Guidall at the end. It is really nice to hear the two men talk about the novels and life in Wyoming. I hadn't realized how much the narrator had added to the story until I found myself disconcerted to hear "Walt Longmire" talking about George Guidall's experiences. I hope George continues to narrate the series, as it wouldn't be the same if Walt had a new voice. I highly recommend this book.

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    John 12-31-12
    John 12-31-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story but great narrator"
    If you could sum up The Dark Horse in three words, what would they be?

    This is my first Walt Longmire book. In the beginning I thought and commented to my wife 'this is actually going pretty slow, but I don't mind because the narrator is so perfect'. Later the story picked up. Some reviews from those familiar with this series thought the dialog is somewhat tired, but as a first for me, it was not. I read mysteries but not often, and while the ending was a surprise, I recognized it from other books/TV shows I had read/seen. My primary reason for writing the review is to note how much the narrator improved this book.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    The voice was just right; it sounded Western; each character was distinct; pace was great; pronunciation perfect; dialog sounded natural.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I'm not going to make a film.


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    Pamela Fisher Lane Red Dirt Country, OK USA 12-05-12
    Pamela Fisher Lane Red Dirt Country, OK USA 12-05-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Another good one from Johnson & Guidall"
    Would you listen to The Dark Horse again? Why?

    No. I never listen to a book more than once.


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

    Yes. So consistently entertaining. Guidall adds so much to the setting and the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the next in the series.

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