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"The latest entry in this excellent series featuring National Park Service ranger Anna Pigeon is one of Barr's best....A tightly plotted, satisfying read. The author's masterful descriptions of the natural world immeasurably enhance an exciting, suspenseful story." (Publishers Weekly)
Couldn't stop listening. This is my 3rd Navada Barr in the Anna Pigeon series, I will listen to them all. Barbara Rosenblatt brings the characters to life but the extraneous noises, such as swallowing, should be eliminated. I highly recommend this book.
I thoroughly enjoyed the author's writing and prose. The narrator is quite talented and can effectively create a number of different voices, although I do have to agree with the other reviewers about the swallowing sounds that the narrator imparts that can be a bit distracting at times. 95% of the book is a superb detective story, but unfortunately, the ending is somewhat disappointing as Anna really doesn't solve the crime as much as she stumbles into the solution. But it's a story worth listening to and I intend on listening to some of the author's other works.
Barbara Rosenblat does the male-female range well and her voice is generally easy on the ear. However, her delivery is punctuated -- way too frequently -- with sharp intakes of breath that I found both unprofessional and disturbing. Other problems with the delivery -- she changes Joan's accent in one episode, quite markedly. And in one other episode the narrator sounds as though she is eating while speaking.
The story meanders. And at times is simply not credible. Moreover, Anna Pigeon is not the sharpest law enforcement officer/detective around (compare with Gabriel Allon in Daniel Silva's excellent series and her skills are amateurish at best). My first Anna Pigeon book, and probably my last.
Pleasant. Heavy breather.
Some of the descriptions of the park were quite enjoyable.
I very much enjoyed this book and am delighted to discover the Anna Pigeon mysteries. I plan on listening to them all. I think the reader is very good with her different character voices, but there must be some way that the little noises such as swallowing can be eliminated. They are distracting.
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