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Blind Descent | [Nevada Barr]

Blind Descent

Award-winning author Nevada Barr fills the pages of Blind Descent with heart-stopping suspense, plots that twist around every corner, and spectacular wilderness settings.
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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning author Nevada Barr fills the pages of Blind Descent with heart-stopping suspense, plots that twist around every corner, and spectacular wilderness settings.

When park ranger Anna Pigeon embarks on a thrilling subterranean rescue mission, she confronts personal demons and a multitude of life-threatening dangers, not all of them from the hostile terrain. A fellow ranger is injured in a suspicious accident while exploring the mostly unmapped Lechuguilla Cavern in New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns. During a fleeting moment of consciousness, the victim calls for Anna. Battling her paralyzing fear of small spaces, Anna descends into the lifeless underworld to uncover what really happened. As Anna wriggles through cramped tunnels and climbs rocky precipices, she discovers treachery and destruction lurking in the inky black just beyond her headlamp. Veteran narrator Barbara Rosenblat provides the perfect voice for the courageous, but very human, park ranger and her colleagues.

Listen to more Anna Pigeon mysteries.

© Nevada Barr; (P)Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"Thoroughly satisfying, thanks to the writing and plotting talents of a master." (Publishers Weekly)
"Barr brings the intricate, fascinating, and deadly underground world of spelunking into close and intimate focus using Anna's divergent emotions of awe and near terror as she works her way through the total blackness. Readers are immersed in the setting, and Anna's claustrophobia, tangibly intense at times, keeps the tension of the plot tautly controlled." (School Library Journal)
"Barr's gripping prose never loses its hold: we feel Anna's fear acutely, and the tension of the rescue is palpable." (Booklist)

What Members Say

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    Cathy Arlington, TX, USA 07-31-04
    Cathy Arlington, TX, USA 07-31-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Unique setting"

    This was my first Anna Pigeon "read" and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The setting for this one--the caverns in Carlsbad--is unique, and you get to learn a bit about rock climbing as well. Good mystery.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Kat McAllen, TX, United States 02-15-12
    Kat McAllen, TX, United States 02-15-12 Listener Since 2004

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    "One of Nevada Barr's Best!"

    I have been a Barr fan forever, and I dove into this book eagerly, having been to Carlsbad Cavern NP multiple times. I had no idea Lechugilla was even there (along with many other people, it seems!), so reading about this unexplored cave had me on the edge of my seat. Barbara Rosenblat's narration is wonderful, bringing Anna Pigeon to life just as I imagined her to be.

    I absolutely love the character development, the humor even in the darkest (pun intended) of times, and the way Barr gets into Anna's head as she finds herself in one sticky situation after another. I'm no spelunker or caver, but her attention to detail made me feel as though I'd taken a course on how to get in and out of a cave alive. I also love how careful Barr is to respect the delicacy of an unexplored cave. It's obvious she has a love for nature in all she writes, and Blind Descent is no exception.

    I highly recommend this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Port Charlotte, FL, USA 01-28-10
    Laurie Port Charlotte, FL, USA 01-28-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Blind Descent"

    I enjoyed this audio book very much. The author kept the suspense up throughout the book with more surprises around each corner. The narrator helped me to feel apart of the book. It was a great book to listen to on a road trip.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon in Surrey Vancouver, Canada 10-13-09
    Sharon in Surrey Vancouver, Canada 10-13-09 Member Since 2002

    Old Broad with Keyboard

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    "Blind Descent"

    I just love Anna Pidgeon!! She sure can get herself into a mess for a friend. And this time, she does it underground. Although it was a little slow in places & full of spelunking jargon, I just couldn't turn it off! And as usual, the conclusion came out of left field. A good listen, especially with a narrator like Barbara Rosenblat!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 01-03-07
    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 01-03-07 Member Since 2002

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    "Change the name"

    In the first quarter of the book the primary charachter was Freida, who was injured in the cave and couldn't get up. The words "Freida Lay" were spoken many, many times bringing to mind the Frito Lay potato chip. I found it a bit distracting. Things picked up in the second half and the book got much more interesting. I enjoy Nevada Barr. Not her best but a good mystery non the less.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James United States 05-02-13
    James United States 05-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Nevada Barr Good as usual"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Blind Descent to be better than the print version?

    No, not really


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anne Pidgeon, as Nevada Barr always does a good job of develpment


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    Good use of voices


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Omemee, ON, Canada 03-13-13
    Lori Omemee, ON, Canada 03-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Riveting Story Line"
    If you could sum up Blind Descent in three words, what would they be?

    Riveting, Interesting, Cliffhanger


    What did you like best about this story?

    Kept you thinking while trying to solve the mystery right along with Anna.


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Rosenblat – was your favorite?

    Molly


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Will keep you hanging in the dark


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Reader USA 08-17-11
    Reader USA 08-17-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Boring"

    This book is too boring. I don't recommend it. Nevada Barr's other books are better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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