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4.00087006960557 out of 54.00087006960557 out of 54.00087006960557 out of 54.00087006960557 out of 54.00087006960557 out of 5 4.00 (3,448 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Craig Johnson Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Walt Longmire Mysteries Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781440781346
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Walt Longmire is sheriff of Absaroka county in Wyoming. His wife has died, and he has lost interest in pretty much everything except the nightly drink that allows him to sleep each night.

He is merely going through the motions until the murder of Cody Pritchard forces him into action. Cody had been one of the four boys who, two years earlier, had escaped punishment after raping a young Cheyenne girl and could have been murdered by almost anyone in the town. Cody is the second of the two boys who have been killed, so he must draw upon all of his resources to protect the other two. Someone is bound and determined to wreak revenge, and it is Walt's job to stop that person.

The last thing Walt Longmire wants to get involved in is conducting an investigation of people he has known and respected, which include many of his colleagues and even his best friend.

The setting of this novel is against the backdrop of breathtaking mountains and scenic beauty. This natural landscape plays into its appeal, as do the rich traditions of the Northern Cheyenne people and life on their reservation.

Craig Johnson is author of the Walt Longmire mystery series, and has won numerous awards for his books. The series has served as the basis for the popular A & E drama, Longmire, starring Robert Taylor.

Johnson lives in Ucross, a small town in Wyoming with population of under 50, where he continues to write. His knowledge of the western landscape and skill at writing lifts his book far above the typical cowboy or western novel one might expect.

Introducing Wyoming’s Sheriff Walt Longmire in this riveting novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Hell Is Empty and As the Crow Flies. The Walt Longmire Mystery series is the basis for Longmire, the hit A&E original drama series.

Fans of Ace Atkins, Nevada Barr, and Robert B. Parker will love this outstanding first novel in the series, set in Wyoming’s Absaroka County. Johnson draws on his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, full of memorable characters. After twenty-five years as sheriff of Absaroka County, Walt Longmire’s hopes of finishing out his tenure in peace are dashed when Cody Pritchard is found dead near the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Two years earlier, Cody was one of four high school boys given suspended sentences for raping a local Cheyenne girl. Somebody, it would seem, is seeking vengeance, and Longmire might be the only thing standing between the three remaining boys and a Sharps .45-70 rifle.

With lifelong friend Henry Standing Bear, Deputy Victoria Moretti, and a cast of characters both tragic and humorous enough to fill in the vast emptiness of the high plains, Walt Longmire attempts to see that revenge, a dish best served cold, is never served at all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A winning piece of work, and a convincing feel to the whole package.”

    Washington Post

  • “We in the West have a major new talent on our hands.”

    Denver Post

  • “A strong sense of place, a credible plot, and deft dialogue lift Johnson’s good-humored debut novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A multilayered whodunit mystery, stands out in its genre.”

    Bookmarks

  • A 2006 Dilys Award Finalist
  • A New York Times bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KC | 7/14/2017

    " Although I enjoyed the A&E/Netflix shows quite a bit, the audiobook performance is much better. Walt, Standing Bear, Vic, Ferg, and all the other Absarokans are much fuller characters and it feels like spending time with old friends. Walt is much funnier in the books and made me laugh out loud. The narrator's voice is perfect for the character and the author's phrases create pictures in the mind as the story plays. You can almost smell the Latigo. This is not the humorless, angst filled Walt created for TV, he has all the same pain but much more human and likeable. 5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Caligaris | 2/15/2014

    " I really liked this book. It was his first effort and a subject he knows well. Humorous asides, and, had me wondering 'who did it' to the very end. Hey, my living in 'another square state' (CO) didn't hurt. I knew many of the places he talked about. Hell, I think I was even married in Wyoming once. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cody | 2/14/2014

    " It was interesting, but it wasn't great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 2/4/2014

    " Pretty good but a bit slow moving. Interesting protagonists (Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear. Victims not so well developed or interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tabitha | 2/4/2014

    " Well written. I enjoyed reading his writing. I know my boys in class who like CJ Box, Wyoming, and wilderness books will like this series, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri Veatch | 2/1/2014

    " Loved this book and I am not a mystery or suspense reader. Craig Johnson alternated between a wicked sense of humor and a gentle unfolding of a mystery that draws you in like a fire on a cold winter day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/30/2014

    " This was a great and sometimes chilling read. And it did not end at all the way I expected. The Native American mystic along with the raw Wyoming weather and Big Sky mentality created a rich story telling atmosphere. I've been to Wyoming once, only for a short time. What I briefly saw was easily recreated in Johnson's book. Or at least where my imagination could have taken me while in Wyoming. A real page turner with excellent character development. Look forward to reading another of Craig Johnson's novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daniel | 1/24/2014

    " Interesting book. OK book, but not a great book. Murder mystery with an OK ending. I'm going to read one more in the series, and if it's not good I'm giving up on the rest of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 1/11/2014

    " Very good read. Ran a very quick 355 pages. I did not guess the surprise ending which was nice to have a twist to the ending I did not see coming !! I Plan to read the other 6 "Walt Longmire mysteries" in the near future. I liked it- Try it !! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 12/20/2013

    " Man, I really wish Henry Standing Bear had his own series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michel B. | 11/21/2013

    " Fun & easy, summer reading. The writing is a bit clumsy (truly ironic coming from me, but it is so) but the characters are eminently loveable and truly come to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cori | 11/9/2013

    " A great series of mysteries set in Wyoming. I discovered this series shortly before the television show began airing on A&E. I love the strength and depth of the characters and the stories are terrific. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia | 10/26/2013

    " Great book - wonderful characters. I have to watch "Longmire" on A&E now just to see if they've captured all the nuance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Weena | 8/21/2013

    " I loved the beautiful descriptions, the great banter among the characters, and Walt Longmire. Good stuff! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SadieKate | 8/14/2013

    " Best mystery series in a long time. Eloquent and witty. I was expecting dimestore Louis L'amour. Wonderful surprise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran | 3/23/2013

    " Well-written mystery with good characters. I look forward to next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Edgell | 3/8/2013

    " Wonderful modern-day Western. Great series! Can't wait to finish the last few. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristal | 2/18/2013

    " The writing was so witty and fun to read. The ending was amazing. Authors often lose me at the end of a novel. They usually cannot deliver on all of the promises made throughout the book. This was not the case here. Fabulous book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Moffa | 12/24/2012

    " Good mystery with excellent locale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rena | 6/24/2012

    " A great first novel. I hope he writes more soon! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 2/17/2012

    " Started this series due to the Longmire TV series. I am not a fan of first person narratives but this book just reeled me in. Complex characters, well plotted...just a doggone good read... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mila | 12/31/2011

    " I liked this cowboy mystery set in Wyoming. The characters felt like real people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly | 12/9/2011

    " Great character. Enjoyed this book so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nichole Rottinghaus | 11/16/2011

    " this was sooooo good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monty | 10/8/2011

    " This is no ordinary change of pace mystery story. This is a great book, and the second I've read in the Walt Longmire series (alas, the first book I read wasn't in sequence; now I am going to read the rest in order). You can read summaries written by others, but by all means read the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 6/23/2011

    " Pretty good mystery filled with great scenery and characters. If you like the West and it's mythos you will definitely enjoy the first in a popular series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Banner | 6/2/2011

    " I'm always looking for new series to start and I believe this one has a lot of promise. Great character development! The mystery was so good I don't want to say much about it as not to risk spoiling it. I didn't care for the use of profanity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 5/30/2011

    " Wish I'd read this 'first' book first. Third book was not good intro - and kinda specialized, with all the Vietnam recollection stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Burt | 5/3/2011

    " I liked the characters. I was an entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 4/28/2011

    " Good mystery on to book two... "

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About the Author
Author Craig Johnson

Craig Johnson is New York Times bestselling author of a number of critically-acclaimed mystery novels. His novel The Cold Dish was a DILYS Award finalist and won the Prix du Roman Noir as the best mystery novel translated into French in 2010. Death without Company was selected by Booklist as one of the top ten mysteries of 2006 and won the Wyoming Historical Society’s fiction book of the year. The television series Longmire is based on Johnson’s novels and premiered in 2012 on A&E. Johnson currently lives with his wife in Ucross, Wyoming.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty-eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.