This book was exactly what we readers of Anna needed after the harrowing Winter Study. Despite the death count, the necessary softness of a mystery solved, the bad guy taken out by someone else, and the use of themes of family and child/parent-like relationship left us hopeful for Anna's recovery in Paul's arms. It also paints a decent picture of some of Big Bend National Park, though I'd love to have even more natural description and park particulars. I'd like to see the next in the series place Anna again in a new locale (with Paul), experiencing another park or area in depth... like in A Superior Death, Firestorm, Blood Lure, and Blind Descent. Anna's had enough heartbreak and exposure to the worst of humanity lately!
Read beautifully by Barbara Rosenblat. Love her narration of the Anna Pigeon series!
For me it is because I can listen to it while I drive.
Exciting, believable, descriptive and insightful.
Once again, narration was poor. Her cadence is off, and distinction between characters almost non-existent. It genuinely sounded as thought she was reading the book, line for line, with no rhythm for the actual sentence structure. Her voice went up at the beginning of the line, and down at the end of that line, whether there was a period or not. ugh. awful.
as to the storyline, difficult to swallow. I have read all the previous Pigeon novels. The earliest are the best. the last 5 or so (with the exception of the wolf study book), the author has centered all her plots around harming children. The one that starts out with the woman in the wheelchair, is excellent, though horrific. That one is one of the best Pigeon novels. sorry, I digress. This one I just found impossible to believe. This solitary woman now has a husband, whom she is supposed to adore, yet he is given only the teeniest presence in the book. (a shame, since as described, the Sherriff/Holy Man is more interesting than Anna). Throughout the book Anna acts in contrary ways, taking actions precisely to put herself in danger. Forehead smacking moments, a friend calls them. She does this so many times, that I groaned out loud when (SPOILER) being chased by a truck and on foot, given the choice between running towards a restaurant full of people and a phone, and running out into the open desert (with an infant in arms) she choses the desert. and that is only one of the last terrible decisions she makes.
These books are not getting any better. stick to the first 6 or so. I will not purchase another by Ms. Barr.
I'm surprised that an experienced writer like Barr couldn't do a better job of establishing a mystery in this book. I enjoyed the adventure aspects, but there's only one character who is described in a way that makes them an obvious suspect behind the murder--and it turns out they did it. So that means main character Anna P. spends a lot of time fretting over other possible suspects that we as readers/listeners know are good guys at heart. Having rescued a baby, she also spends an inordinate amount of time thinking "if I didn't have the baby, here's what I do..." and then makes other choices in the end. We get the point of this early on, and it's really overdone. If you want a book where you have to work to figure out whodunnit, choose something else. If you want to go along with Anna on another adventure, you'll probably enjoy this.
The story rambles in a disjointed fashion, it takes a very long time for the story to come together.
The main character is a traumatized,dysfunctional female federal law enforcement ranger with a negative, jaded view of people. There is a lot of pontificating, self-righteous commentary.
The narrator has a voice that is unpleasant to listen to. She probably shouldn't be narrating books. Her attempts to mimic or sound like different characters did not come off well.
The book could have been condensed quite a bit, especially the descriptions involving (1)blood, gore, violence, and (2) the shortcomings of the characters.
It is a distinctly unpleasant book to read. I persevered because I wanted to see how it ended.
I love the Anna Pigeon series. I have read them all and want to visit every National Park Anna ends up in.
Barbara Rosenblat fantastic narrator.
The combination of Great Story telling and great writing make for an enjoyable passage of time.
Anna Pigeon, on leave from her park after a shooting, is on vacation with her husband at Big Bend National Park on the Texas/Mexico border. Illegal border traffic, Texas politics, marital discord, Anna's mental state, and a white water rafting trip converge in this Nevada Barr mystery/thriller. If you though (as I did) that Nevada Barr had drifted off to a too gruesome and creepy direction with Hard Truth, not to worry. This one has all the plot twists and energy that we expect from NB, without being as disturbing as Hard Truth.
Great vocal characterization! Subtle accents, easily distinguishable (and believable) male characters, and an ability to depict the various mental states of the various characters make this narrator perfect for the book. I confess, I sat in my car in the parking lot before work, just to listen to a few more minutes of the story!
What's not to like? I love the Anna Pigeon stories. This one was a little different because Anna wasn't working and her husband (who I love!) was with her. Kind of different than the others, but just as good.