I love the Nevada Barr series, but I find it so annoying when the reader has to constantly swallow and make "wet noises" as is mentioned in a previous review. This was the same reader of the book, Blood Lure, so you'd think I would have been forewarned. I'm not going to get any more books with this reader, no matter how good the book is.
Enjoyed the story, but agree with a previous reviewer that this one is somewhat darker than the previous novels in the series. Narration was a bit distracting with frequent mouth noises. I'd like to see the handicapped climber and her dog in future books.
I have enjoyed all of the Anna Pigeon series, but this one just goes too far. The story starts out with potential--missing children in the National Park, but then deteriorates into something like a Steven King novel for about the last 3 hours of the book. I won't give it away, and I was on the edge of my seat, but it was more gruesome that I wanted to hear.
I have been enjoying the Anna Pigeon series but they can be formulaic. Anna always seems to find herself in mortal danger with one nasty or crazy villain after the other. But this one was much more disturbing than any of the others. It was very difficult to listen to the abuse and the gore seemed over the top. There was no personal side to this story to counterbalance the terror, as her sister and her husband weren't in it at all. I don't know if I will be listening to the rest of the series.
Someone not listening to this narrator.
No - because it is unlistenable.
Her voice is so hoarse that she could not successfully make one character sound different from another. I could not tell who was who as there are a few significant female characters and they all sounded the same.
Disappointment because it seemed like an interesting story that I couldn't really have access to because of the flatness of the narration.
There were many memorable moments in the book but when Heath, in her wheel chair, was struggling alone down the dirt road in the dark, I did not relax until that part was over. Several parts in the book are "hold your breath" tense.
She makes the story real with her voice variations and the emotion she conveys with her reading.
It is a good story. I only gave it a 4 instead of a 5 because I have listened to all of the Anna Pigeon series and though this one was very good, it was not one of my favorites.
complicated, funny, gritty
Anything about Heath's inner monologue...so funny.
She does sarcasm and voices brilliantly.
When I listen to an Nevada Barr book, I usually know what to expect. I don't even care about the reviews, I am just glad to listen to an exciting detective story written by one of my favorites featuring the intrepid Anna Pigeon while I tend to other things.
I also usually know what to expect from Barbara Rosenblat, the narrator.
Not this time.
Did Rosenblat have a losange in her mouth the whole time she was reading? Or did she have no water in the studio to re-hydrate her mouth? Perhaps the engineer who produced this recording had never done this before or was not paying attention.
Needless to say, this is not a book for headphones. It felt like someone was chewing and swallowing in my ears, which is really too bad, because the story itself is classic Nevada Barr and Barbara Rosenblat is still a stellar narrator. Could somebody just bring her some water?
Even though I enjoyed the book the images of the children was a bit hard for me to take. It is different when things are happening in the adult world but children and animals really bother me on a different level.