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"This is one of the best entries in a long-running series that seems to increase its audience with every outing." (Booklist)
"Read it, and your nails will be in serious trouble." (New York Daily News)
"Barr has a true gift for outdoor writing." (Publishers Weekly)
I love any great story, but listen to a lot of scifi, cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic, and young adult fiction. Listener for 2 decades.
This is the latest in the Anna Pigeon mystery series. Each mystery is set in a National Park - this one takes place in Yosemite. Even if you haven't read the previous books in the series, you'll find this a great read! All the elements of a great mystery - action, twisting plots, inability to stop listening! Better yet, when you're finished (and hooked on Nevada Barr) you can go back and read the 10 or so books that precede this one!
I love this series and have just about completed the entire collection! It's especially enjoyable when the location figures so prominently, becoming an active player in all the mayhem, and you really do feel as though you're on a retreat to one of many national park "islands". Plus, that Anna Pigeon is my hero! I love her middle-aged modus operandi, her slightly cynical take on life, and particularly her phone calls to her shrink sister, Molly. Even though Barr relies a bit much (for my taste anyway) on action scenes it is still a great read. Can't hardly wait for the next one!
This is certainly not a novel for the ages, but it is a real good listen. A quick mystery with all the needed suspense and all the needed clues along the way, it kept my attention the whole way through. Just enough quick clever laughs, plenty of meanness in the bad guys and a decent plot. It moves along at a very exciting clip without too much extraneous information and never drags. it will never be discussed in a literature class, but it is a fun quick ride.
This is my first Navada Barr read. I'm hooked on this National Park Ranger part time super sleuth, or is it the other way around.... Wonderful Sierra Nevada scenery fills the mind with a backdrop of comfortable and relaxing ease, but what a crime story! Anna blends into her character as a lodge waitress, and from that position, things begin to unravel around her. This is a must read.
I have not read a mystery for many years (Hardy Boys in High School), so I decided to get this one as a light summer read. The author's descriptions of Yosemite Valley and the surrounding mountians are impressive and accurate. As a frequent traveler to this area, I found the authors use of setting to be the most enjoyable aspect of the book. I will be considering more books by Nevada Barr.
My favorite style of novel are when nature and history become characters in the story. I prefer insight into myself, people and less action.
This story was FANTASTIC! I couldn't stop listening to see what was going to happen next... I also couldn't help pulling out Google Earth to see America's Diamond of a gem National Park and imagine where the events took place. I now have a list of all the National Parks I can't wait to visit when we are empty nested. I appreciate the protagonist keeping her "commitments" despite temptation. The characters explored several important problems people and the parks might face. The middle action was terrific. I finished this book in record time!
This was my first book by Nevada Barr. I really enjoyed her colorful writing, and suspense. I also really appreciated the strong heroine. The reader was also excellent. I would definitely listen to more by Ms. Barr.
Lehua of Pacifica
Nevada is a great tale spinner, and you get the expected pacing, tension, and intriguing setting. But I'm so sorry they chose Barbara Rosenblat as the reader. I love her in the Elizabeth Peters series, but she seems to be a one trick pony: she plays Anna just as she plays Amelia, arch and coy. Anna is the opposite of that, and it jars all the way through. Still, in spite of the reader, this was worth my purchase.
Upon reaching the climax of the story, our hero swung an axe, to kill the killer. The narrative explaining the trajectory of the axe, the doubt, the anguish, the lamentable lack of conciseness, the imaginary spurting of blood... the cringing of conscience...
This women fails utterly, completely, entirely to get to the point in anything she is saying.
If this is female action thriller, I will forthwith steer clear of it. Perhaps women may like this book.
No. It takes to long to get to the point.
Keep writing. You have talent, but please, can you have a real man test-read it before publishing? As a rule, I would suggest making it 50% shorter.
"In all pointed sentences, a degree of accuracy must be sacrificed to conciseness"
Self-admitted lazy reader who delights in listening to audiobooks!
Nevada Barr and Barbara Rosenblatt and their creation and portrayal of Anna Pigeon never fail to entertain me and keep me engrossed in the story. If you are an outdoor lover who enjoys strong female characters, I couldn't recommend a better series.
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