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Kindness Goes Unpunished Audiobook

Kindness Goes Unpunished: A Walt Longmire Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries are critically acclaimed. Longmire's third outing takes him from Wyoming to Philadelphia to investigate a brutal assault on his daughter, Cady. Walt believes her ex-boyfriend is behind the crime and searches him out. But when he turns up dead, Walt is back to square one.

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

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"The quick pace and tangled web of interconnected crimes will keep readers turning pages." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Beth McKenzie Everywhere, USA 03-04-13
    Beth McKenzie Everywhere, USA 03-04-13 Member Since 2012

    Down the rabbit hole into a ring a fire- the magic of words lifts me higher and higher.

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    "I can still hear the screaming"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Already have. The whole series!<br/><br/>My husband grew up outside of Billings, MT. and most of our long-distance (Idaho to Montana) courtship took place in, or around, Yellowstone Park. The first place he wanted to share with me was Red Lodge. While reading these stories you can tell that Mr. Johnson isn't a fake cowboy. He's been there with us on the Plain. <br/><br/>I had traveled more than my husband and the first out-of-country place that I was excited to take him was New York City. (Yes NYC is in the USA-Country, but not in the country where the skyscrapers are called mountains). I think the book caught the right nuance for how everything is different, but everything is really just the same. I know that Walt and Henry have traveled in their lives, and I'm glad that they weren't turned into gaping mo-rons in the confines of the concrete and asphalt canyons.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kindness Goes Unpunished?

    Vic out of uniform. It made me very sad. I think there are many better moments but unfortunately I will remember this one because it broke my heart.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The cruiser taking Walt home gets a call and so he goes for a ride-along. He listens to the cop-talk and thinking WWtCD? (What Would the Cheyenne Do?) gives the guys a plan so they can successfully raid a crack house.


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

    The entire book is moving-I still can't believe the various types of emotion that can overflow with so few words.<br/><br/>I thought that it couldn't get any more emotional than when Henry Standing Bear cried. It really worked me over. In fact I cried when I typed the phrase, and then again when I read it.<br/><br/>But it also tore at me when Walt started to notice there were no pictures of him anywhere in Cady's life. The whole father-daughter relationship exploration was like touching broken glass-in a good way.<br/><br/>The tension between Vic and her family, particularly her mother, also struck a personal chord, but I outgrew this type of thing when I lived through the "terrible teens". Vic and her mother need to grow up. The mother's goodbye kiss was particularly cold; sweet as applesauce to Walt and Henry, twist the knife in Vic, No wonder Vic lives in Wyoming as far from the insecure jealous shape-shifter as possible.<br/><br/>So we have tough, grown men crying, father-daughter devotion, mother-daughter spite, How much more vulnerable can you get? <br/><br/>You'll find out, and if you've ever had to do it, you'll hear the screaming too. There is a reference to the it in the epilogue and I had to shut off the audio until I finished weeping. <br/><br/>Damn. I've started again.<br/>


    Any additional comments?

    Reading some of the other reviews for this book I wish to make a few statements in rebuttal:<br/><br/>First, there are not too many characters and saying there are too many is as silly as when the King told Mozart, "There are too many notes." Which one would you leave out? Most of the bad guys are background or you only meet them when they are dying so they don't clutter your brain or the story. Maybe you could have left out the old ladies (I can't remember their names) in the box at the ball game, maybe one of Vic's cop brother's was superfluous, but they didn't have an impact on the story. They are scenery, not characters. I thought there were too few people. There should have been a blur of people at the hospital. Not in her room, but in the waiting room. Where were all her friends in this? I know, there were mass quantities of cards and gifts, but where were the partners at the law firm? I had a scheduled surgery-not emergency or trauma- and one of the upper managers at my company stopped to talk to my family. Just saying. There could have been even more people in a real situation.<br/><br/>Second, Walt and Henry are not fish out of water in Philadelphia. They fit in very well. Henry has a date within the first few minutes of arriving, Walt is a careful and competent man who finds the wrong woman-again. Why not travel with his friend across country when a side benefit is being able to spend time with the best legal mind of our time? (Yes, Johnson understands irony). Having them in another setting that is known for its violence and drug problems makes their actions natural. It also helps alleviate "Cabot Cove Syndrome". Really, how many dead bodies can you find in a little town before you either kill everybody off or the locals get spooked and run away? While I'm perfectly happy with a helping of "The Usual", sometimes I just need that side of scrapple to be satisfied.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    B. Jackson Arizona 10-29-10
    B. Jackson Arizona 10-29-10 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Great Series"

    I'm not really listening to the series in order (I bought Dark Horse first and haven't listened to A Cold Dish) but it hasn't hurt my enjoyment. Each story has been complete and satisfying in its own right. I loved that this one was set in Philadelphia, and that it was kind of a "buddy story" between Walt and Bear. In fact, I'm usually more interested in plot-driven mystery novels, but this is a series where I'm really enjoying the unfolding of relationships. I simply love George Guidall's voice, especially when Walt says something subtle and heartfelt like"I'm not talking to you." Great inflection caught just right.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Me & My Girls 06-12-14 Member Since 2017

    The day I met my daughter was the best day of my life. I try not to regret the years that we lost and try to be thankful for those we've had

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    "Philadelphia Story"

    Sheriff Walt Longmire heads east to Philadelphia to meet his daughter's fiance and his parents. Walt and his best friend Henry Standing Bear drive east in Henry's 59 T-Bird Lola. Upon arriving Walt is contacted by Katie and she informs him she'll be working late. So he is certainly surprised when he's contacted by the hospital to learn that his daughter is in a coma; the victim of a fall at a Philadelphia landmark far from her office.
    Thus begins Walt's search for his daughter's fiance; whose life ends as he's tossed off a bridge. Now the search widens and intensifies as Walt becomes a suspect in the death.
    Woven into the narrative is a Mainline Philly kid billy Carlyle; now "white Indian" William White Eyes who continues to appear and disappear. Plus a less than ethical ADA with sketchy connections; a Latin druglord and an inner city black thug.
    Woven into the plot is the omnipresent Moretti police family; including Walt's deputy Victoria Moretti; aka Vic, aka Vic the Holy Terror. Her father Victor the Chief of Detectives, brother Michael who is becoming enamored with Katie, and mother Lena who appears to be infatuated with Walt.
    As is probably a part of every Sheriff Longmire mystery Walt goes off an individualistic hot dog chase in which he engages in an unarmed chase with a shotgun toting thug. In the end the crimes are solved; the guilty punished and ties between the Longmire and Moretti clans are further intertwined. As usual George Guidall is the gold standard in narration and this is the high water book of the series thus far.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 07-10-08
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 07-10-08 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoyable"

    This was a very good entry in the series by this author. There was good connection from previous characters and storyline, but new and interesting events to carry it to a different end.

    I know a little about Philadelphia but Walt knew much more, somewhat odd since it was his first time there. No matter. His friendship with Henry, his love for his daughter, the connection with Vic (or "the terror" as she is known in this book) and her mother all present fascinating material to read.

    As previously, the narration and direction is fantastic. Mr. Guidall once again superbly displays nuances that differentiates between the characters and enhances them with his reading. He is fast becoming one of my favorites to listen to.

    Do yourself a favor, get this series and enjoy your summer!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 03-06-13
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 03-06-13

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Trouble In (and With) Philadelphia"

    It's just not the same in Philadelphia. I liked this entry in the excellent series, but "Kindness" lacks something because it's not in Wyoming and Montana. There's just not that same sense of belonging in a place.

    So, enough for varying the locale - now it's time to return home and keep the series there! Anyone who's a fan of Longmire (and there are many of us!) will want to listen to this addition, but I wouldn't start here.

    As usual, George Guidall is just perfect!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 02-18-08
    Rebecca 02-18-08
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    "A Great Read"

    Walt Longmire comes to life, and you'll want to invite him over for supper in Craig Johnson's great mysteries set in the Wyoming. Readers will be refreshed by the accurate descriptions of the daily life and atmosphere of the small town surrounding. I encourage those who enjoy Hillerman to read The Cold Dish.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Farrell 12-05-16
    Farrell 12-05-16

    Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.

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    "Soild"

    A bit different than the others of the series I've read (out of order of course). But still very good. Good book, good narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Reno, NV, United States 11-13-16
    Mark Reno, NV, United States 11-13-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Good but probably only for fans"

    A few too many characters to keep track of, IMO, but otherwise another good Walt Longmire story. This time the Wyoming sheriff goes to Philadelphia where his lawyer daughter has been put in a coma. Only for fans. Grade: B+

    Excellent narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Allen 06-05-15 Member Since 2011
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    "More crime investigation than the first two"
    What made the experience of listening to Kindness Goes Unpunished the most enjoyable?

    With the main characters so well established in the first two books, Craig Johnson took a little bit of a different direction by concentrating much more on the mystery at hand. This doesn't mean that there weren't engaging new characters. Of course there were! This is Craig Johnson! But this book clearly shifted from character-driven from plot-driven. And the plot was outstanding; a great way to present a slightly shifted format.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Henry's ritual in the hospital was my favorite scene because the reactions of Walt and Henry following the ritual really showed the close friendship the two share.


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

    I listened to this book on an interstate drive, so I did listen to it all in one sitting. When it was over, the car seemed awfully quiet in a way that the next book I started (not another Longmire) could not really fill it.


    Any additional comments?

    This book shows more deep emotion than the first two. I'm not talking the drunken depression of the first book. This book explores the darkness of the soul that can come from hopelessness and the return to the light that hope can bring. It is the first of the series that made my eyes fill a little bit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Boysmom Alberta, Canada 03-03-15
    Boysmom Alberta, Canada 03-03-15 Member Since 2011
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    "These books are sooooo good"

    And they just keep getting better!. I'm addicted now, so I guess I'll just to jeep on listening to them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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