This is the first book in a very good series. I can not add much to the many reviews already posted but what impressed me the most was how descriptive..Show More » this author is for both the characters and the environment. Like "Fargo", the cold just seems to seep into you as you listen. Have a sweater close by even if it is summer. The characters sparkle in depth and breadth and are not always what they seem to be. Read this first one and I wager you will read them all. If this review was helpful, please let me know. Cheers!
On the face of it, the book didn't seem like my kind of mystery. Sherrif in Wyoming? Sounded a bit like a Tony Hillerman book. Tony Hillerman's books ..Show More »are good, don't get me wrong, but this book is really special. The characters are human and very real, not stereotypes, the plot unfolds naturally, the dialog is right on. Nice, dry humor (just my style). And there is a real, plausible mystery at the heart of the story. George Guidall, the narrator, reads everything with just the right touch of irony. I can't recommend this book enough.
Mr. G lends a really pleasant audible to a voice that is already funny, tough, poignant and, well, Wyoming. Buy the book. Buy the audible. Better stil..Show More »l, buy the first one, "Cold Dish," and hopefully by the time you finish it, the audible for "Death Without Company" will be available. Then the pump will be primed for this third installment. All three books by Craig Johnson have wonderful characters and a sense of place that is real. "Kindness Goes Unpunished" is literally set in Philadelphia, but the heart of the book is still in Wyoming-- which makes us love Absaroka County even more. Enjoy!
All of Craig Johnson's books can stand alone, but they really are best listened to in sequence, all of a piece, as three volumes of one story. While ..Show More »I am annoyed that this book took so long to show up in audible.com, I couldn't stop listening to it. The mystery is inconsequential to me; I just like hanging out with Sheriff Walt and Henry Standing Bear. I enjoy the mystery, but I'd keep right on listening if they started a cooking show or discussed particle physics. George Guidall is that good with his reading and acting skills. He must do all of them, as no one else could voice these characters properly. I don't want to wait another year for the next installment of life on the plains and the usual at the Busy Bee. These aren't books, they're a life. May Longmire have a long and multi-volume career. And Dog needs more lines in the next one. He got shunted aside this time. He deserves better than hanging out with Ruby all the time.
Johnson has done it again. I love these characters and these people. I want to know them and live in their town. He has the ability to write 5 book..Show More »s in a series each of which is entirely different from the others. The Cold Dish was my choice for best listen a couple of years ago, and Another Man's Moccasins was my choice in 2008. This one is in the running for the best for this year. He is a fine writer with a literate protagonist. He develops the story in a way that allows the reader to become part of the story. It is so nice to find a book that reads so beautifully.
The interaction with the title Dark Horse is amazing, and of course as usual, the title has several meanings. I'll not go into that because a couple of them are key to the story. I would have like to see more of Vic and Henry, but they were clearly an important part of the story even if they were only on the periphery most of the time. There were some very interesting secondary characters introduced this time. A young boy and his mother, an old cowboy, and a surprising FBI agent are all well developed and integral to the plot.
Read this book. Better yet, listen to this book. George Guidall has become Walt Longmire for me. I hear his voice when I read the books with my eyes.
I'm not a technical expert but it's true that Craig Johnson's books are closer to Tony Hillerman's stories than they are a procedural manual. His cha..Show More »racters are rich and colorful. They get into situations that are laugh-out-loud funny and others that are touching. The story takes a lot of twists and turns that kept me wondering "now what?"
Johnson's books are character driven and I can't wait to hear what happens in the next book.
Of course, George Guidall gives another perfect performance as narrator. It's a great listen
Walt Longmire is one of the most wonderful book characters ever. I'd love to have him as a neighbor and friend. George Guidall has done such an amazin..Show More »g job of giving voice to the big, gentle man. I don't know if this is my favorite book in the series - I like them all. If you have not listened to any of them, start at the beginning and go through them in order. They're each a chapter of Walt's big life.
If you ever need something to listen to in the car that will appeal to both men and women, this is the series. Everyone loves Walt. And really, George Guidall could read a phone book and I'd listen.
I have never listened to a novel for the second time just after hearing it. I did with "A Serpent's Tooth". There are many reasons I like this new Wal..Show More »t Longmire book; here are five of them: 1. Sheriff Walt, his under-Sheriff,Vic Moretto, and his close friend, Henry are back in full force 2. The plot has numerous unexpected twists and turns with quite a surprise ending. 3. Johnson's wit is abundant. 4. The novel begins with the Sheriff's patient conversation with a charming old lady talking about angels who fix up her house and visit her daily and grows into a complex story that involves corrupt corporations, a polygamy-practicing fundamentalist Mormon sect, an old man who believes he is a 200 year old historical figure, Mexican oil criminals and murder too close to work. 5. Finally, George Guidall is superb .
A dangerous, ill-advised medical rescue flight in an ancient aircraft to Denver on a stormy winter's night. Tension aplenty, and a flashback to Walt ..Show More »Longmire's early days as Sheriff, when his daughter was a youngster and his wife was still alive. There's also new insight into Walt's predecessor and friend Luther.
My husband and I listened to this short piece during a holiday driving trip. Walt is always a good companion. Some of our favorite Longmire characters are missing from this novella, and its length prohibits the usual multifaceted plot of Johnson's works, but we nevertheless enjoyed this short adventure. Perhaps not the best introduction to the series, so don't start with this one if you are new to Craig Johnson. But, for fans, it's a great, bumpy ride! And George Guidell, as always, is just spot-on perfect!
Huge fan; I want to make that clear. I have gobbled up all the Longmire mysteries and am in awe of George Guidall's narrative abilities. Love the hu..Show More »mor and the interaction of the characters.
That said, I was a bit disappointed in "Any Other Name". For the first time in the series, I felt myself being manipulated here. One too many demonstrations of Walt's doggedness, one too many wounds in one too many extended confrontations, and for what? Would the man we know and love really put so many strangers above a frightened Katie in her hour of most need?
There are excellent moments. I just loved, for instance, the fog-and-snow storm that finds our hero unknowingly in the midst of a herd of potentially dangerous buffalo.
I'm just hoping for a return to top-notch form in Book 12.
It's been over a decade since Walt Longmire first stepped off the pages of The Cold Dish and into our lives. Since that time there have been another 1..Show More »0 novels, several novellas, and a television series. It is hard to describe the writing of Craig Johnson. His prose is both sparse and poetic at the same time. His characters have become old friends and I always look forward to hearing from them again. In Dry Bones they are all here again. Walt Longmire, Vic Moretti, Henry Standing Bear, and all of the others. Called to investigate an apparent drowning, Sheriff Longmire gets caught up in a dispute over the fossilized remains of the largest tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered. The complications only grow as an Acting Deputy Attorney General for the US Government decides to make his name by prosecuting the local museum. As all of this is going on Sheriff Longmire has to negotiate poisoning, several missing persons, and a difficult family situation.
Craig Johnson never fails to bring great story, great characters, and his winning style. Dry Bones is no different. The Longmire stories are not just about the mystery. They are about the characters. As always I find myself laughing at their dry humor and feeling the pain when they suffer loss. It's too bad that these characters are fictional. It is always hard to wait for a year to read a new story. It is always worth wain the wait. If you have not read the Longmire series let me encourage you to do so. They contain a power and a beauty every bit as large as the High Plains of Wyoming.
As always George Guildall brings these characters to life in his special way. I can't read these books without hears his voice in my head. Get every one of these books, put them on in the car, the gym, wherever you listen to audiobooks and enjoy.