Can't recommend this book. There ARE really good parts and there are really badly written parts. All in all I give it a C-. Not nearly as good as her earliest books. And I cannot believe a woman of Anna's age could be nearly killed, nearly drowned, nearly frozen to death, have her collarbone broken and her shoulder disconnected and on and on and on and still she's a happy little camper and killer. She saves one man's life, leading to the death of the man who was trying to kill him and then she kills the first man herself. Oh and then there's the animal death scenes...wolves killing wolves, wolves killing moose, wolves killing people. Maybe I should lower her grade to D+.
Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
This was my first read of an Anna Pigeon book. The idea is intriguing... Crimes set in National Parks. I am certain to read more. And despite the fact that I lived in Michigan for several years I had never heard of this island. This setting was unique and interesting. The harsh winter weather and the potentially dangerous wildlife gave this book an extraordinary backdrop. However, Anna was virtually alone because all of the other characters were unknown to her. Strangers. It meant that there was little character development. Yes, we learned that she is married and loves her husband. But they had no interactions and that made Anna less interesting. I really wanted to see her life; her humor; her flaws.
Nevada Barr's often enjoyable Anna Pidgeon series slipped a notch in my estimation after this book. It has a great set up: a small group of disparate characters isolated together with conflicting needs. But its as though the author lost her way at some point, lost focus or interest and padded the story out with way too many internal musings from our heroine. There is a place for that, but when the progress of the story is brought to a complete standstill by seemingly random theorizing and remembrances, I just want to scream at the author. When an action sequence that should have been short and exciting is stretched into page after page of Anna "what-if-ing" . . . it becomes unbearable. I had to fast forward through the last two hours of this book. Better luck next time, Ms Barr.
Yes, there's a lot going on that I may miss the first time
This one is unique
Even though Bob is the bad guy in the story, I think she did a great job with his enigmatic personality
Atmospheric, creepy, decent mystery, lots of interesting information about the place (Isle Royale) and the science behind the Wolf/Moose Study
Always Anna. I love how she has aged. But one of my favorite things about Nevada Barr is how she develops her 'fringe characters' and supporting cast. Bob being compared to John Goodman is brilliant.
Lots of them. This is a good one. Some of the Barr books have sounds of narrator swallowing and breathing not edited out, which can be distracting. But B.R. is excellent here. I really enjoy her range of voices and her ability to do men.
Yes. This was one of my first audible experiences and it left a lasting impression. There were times, listening alone in the dark basement as I did laundry or whatever, that I had the creepy-factor making me jumpy. In a good way. I have listened to it since then at least twice more when 'in between' other books.
If you like Barbara Rosenblat, listen to the Amelia Peabody Series about Egypt. Can't think of author.
cold, cold, cold.
This was a good story - very tense and suspensful but the ending of it was too descriptively violent.
The first half of the book lacked in excitement and intrigue. It was so dull I found it very difficult to remain engaged. If not for the excellent skills of the narrator, I would have stopped listening to it. A captivating event that occurred at the beginning of the book then maintained throughout may have made this a 4 or 5 star experience.
The author needed to provide more intrigue sooner and more often....it was way too drawn out and boring. Although the information concerning wolves was very interesting, the plot seemed to be out shined by her need to provide sooooo much background on the plight of wolves.
If not for this narrators superb skills at bringing each character to life and filling in the blandness with wonderful tone inflection, this book would be a flop.
Yes, it highlighted the excellent skill set of the narrator and enlightened the reader on the nature of wolves.