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Publisher's Summary

A holiday tale from the best-selling author of the Walt Longmire mystery series, the inspiration for A&E's hit show, Longmire.

"It' s a question of what you have to do, what you have to live with if you don't." Sheriff Walt Longmire is reading A Christmas Carol in his office on December 24th when he's interrupted by the ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar across her forehead and more than a few questions about Walt' s predecessor, Lucian Connally. Walt doesn' t recognize the mystery woman, but she seems to know him and claims to have something she must return to Connally.

With his daughter, Cady, and his undersheriff Vic Moretti in Philadelphia for the holidays, Walt is at loose ends, and despite the woman' s reticence to reveal her identity, he agrees to help her. At the Durant Home for Assisted Living Lucian Connally is several tumblers into his Pappy Van Winkle' s and swears he's never clapped eyes on the woman before. Disappointed, she whispers " Steamboat" and begins a story that takes them all back to Christmas Eve 1988, when three people died in a terrible crash and a young girl had the slimmest chance of survival...back to a record-breaking blizzard, to Walt' s first year as sheriff, with a young daughter at home and a wife praying for his safety...back to a whiskey-soaked World War II vet ready to fly a decommissioned plane and risk it all to save a life.

©2013 Craig Johnson (P)2013 Recorded Books

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  • Debra
  • ELKVIEW, WV, United States
  • 06-05-17

Love Craig Johnson

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

My friends know I like mysteries and westerns. Craig Johnson delivers a great setting and a well written story full of delicious details and consuming characters and plots. I've read/listened to all the Longmire books.

What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

He has a wonderful full body voice that puts you in the right frame of mind for a good story.

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enjoyable.

very exciting from the beginning. I reread it. I think that I like Longmire more than character that I have ever followed.

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  • James
  • Oswego, IL, United States
  • 05-15-17

What an amazing story

I really liked this short story. I felt it gave great insight on the characters we have grown to love and why we love them; their bravery, their tenacity, and humor in the face of terrifying obstacles. Get this series. You won't regret it.

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Keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time.

Would you listen to Spirit of Steamboat again? Why?

Yes I would but I would like to listen by myself with out having to listen to only when my husband and I are both able to listen to it together.

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

Yes, I could not put it away, wanted to continue listening. Many a late bed time because of doing so.

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

I have listened to all of his books and I only have two more to do and I cannot wait to start after I download it.

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

Laughed the whole time.

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This is a wonderful short.

I really enjoyed the tenderness. Also the dedication and heroism demonstrated is what I have come to expect from Longmire stories.

Well done!

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Amazing!

I love the Walt Longmire stories. this is my second of the books and I can't wait to read them all! A must read for any age!

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One of the best of Longmire

This is by far one of the best of the Longmire books on many levels. It grieved me, because I don't think, even in their flawed ways, there are too many men, if any, Kim @

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Marvelous

This story is about Lucien and if you didn't know the character was fiction the listener would think the author had written an autobiography

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Great Wished it was longer

Great characters. Brilliant story. The narration once again was flawless. Highly recommended. I loved it

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One of my favorite Walt Longmire stories

I have listened to this particular story more than a few times, it's semi short so it's great for a middle length trip. Narrator does a great job telling "western style" stories.