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.
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.
Nevada Barr continues to explore new territories with Anna Pigeon. I enjoy the character very much & always look forward to new books. It's fun knowing I have other books to listen to as I catch up to Barr's more current work. As ever, exciting, hard-hitting, detailed & interesting. I'm onto the next book right now.
I was SO disappointed that Ms. Barr went down the road of animal cruelty to develop her plot line. I was so sickened I could not even get through half of the book. I truly enjoyed her previous works, but will never again risk reading something so horrible...I am through with her work.