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Track of the Cat | [Nevada Barr]

Track of the Cat

From the vivid opening vista, high in craggy mountains, to the final haunting glimpse of a moonlit canyon, Nevada Barr's first mystery, Track of the Cat, instantly caught the attention of readers and reviewers. Its popularity gained it both an Agatha and an Anthony Award.
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Publisher's Summary

From the vivid opening vista, high in craggy mountains, to the final haunting glimpse of a moonlit canyon, Nevada Barr's first mystery, Track of the Cat, instantly caught the attention of readers and reviewers. Its popularity gained it both an Agatha and an Anthony Award.

The young naturalist, Anna Pigeon, has moved to the Southwest wilderness to be a park ranger. There, her days are filled with the physical demands of working in the Guadalupe Mountains and the satisfaction of living in this splendid land. Her peace is shattered one morning, though, when she discovers the body of another ranger deep in Dog Canyon. How did the usually cautious woman die? Although at first the evidence indicates an attack by a mountain lion, Anna soon suspects that there are craftier predators afoot in the wild grasses.

Fast-paced suspense and sharply defined characters will immediately sweep you up in the force of this compelling mystery. By the end, you'll be nodding in satisfaction at the final twist and anticipating the next book in the Anna Pigeon series. Narrator Barbara Rosenblat's performance highlights Anna's savvy courage and determination to catch her prey.

Listen to more Anna Pigeon mysteries.

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What the Critics Say

"Thrilling...Ms. Barr has a naturalist's eye for detail and an environmentalist's fury at the destruction of the wilderness." (The New York Times Book Review)
"The texture, scents and sounds of the West Texas wilderness permeate this forceful debut....A park ranger herself, Barr develops a complex, credible and capable heroine who believes in truth and justice while remaining conscious of the ambiguities of human existence." (Publishers Weekly)
"Spectacular descriptions, psychological insight, and a refreshingly independent heroine." (Library Journal)

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    Ilze Bridgewater, NJ, USA 04-13-05
    Ilze Bridgewater, NJ, USA 04-13-05 Member Since 2003
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    "A Trek through the Guadalupes"

    This was my first Nevada Barr book and I've read four since. She has a great idea for a mystery series--a ranger solves crimes in national parks and you get quirky, fascinating background on the park as well as a generally satisfying mystery. Sometimes her plots or endings are a bit shaky, but the colorful writing is well worth a listen. If you liked the writing in early Sue Grafton mysteries, but got tired of the sameness of Grafton's plots and characters, Nevada Barr is a great find.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Richard San Francisco, CA, USA 03-11-05
    Richard San Francisco, CA, USA 03-11-05
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    "Inspired Narration for a First-Rate Mystery"

    Barbara Rosenblatt's narration is brilliant. She really brings Anna Pigeon alive. Nevada Barr is a terrific writer, as most mystery fans know. However, Rosenblatt's inspired narration might just make listening to Barr even better than reading her.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    beatrice Houston, TX, United States 02-14-12
    beatrice Houston, TX, United States 02-14-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Pretty good"

    I bought and listened to this book because I was caught up on all of my favorite authors. I wasn't disappointed. I was surprised by the ending, which is good in a mystery. There were a few slow parts in the book in which I skipped forward and never missed a beat. The characters were likable and believable. The story was also likable and believable. I will probably buy the next book in the series. The one thing that kept me from buying into this series earlier is that all of the books are not in the audible library.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Pittsburgh, PA USA 03-20-10
    Jean Pittsburgh, PA USA 03-20-10 Member Since 2009
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    "more than expected"

    I wasn't expecting much from this book, just something I got on sale. Never heard of the author before. So I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the book and the narration. Nothing memorable, but worth listening to.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Tucson, AZ, USA 02-01-06
    Richard Tucson, AZ, USA 02-01-06
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    "Nevada Barr's writing is meant to be read aloud."

    This is her first adventure with Anna Pigeon. I had listened to some of the more recent books in this series but this is one of her best. Nevada Barr's descriptions of scenes, feelings, and thoughts use language that is like poetry. It should be read aloud. No reader could be better with Barr's characters than Barbara Rosenblat. Her different voices make this so entertaining. I'll listen to any book Ms. Rosenblat reads. I'll be a bit sad when I have listened to all of the Anna Pigeon mysteries.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Kansas City, MO, USA 06-30-05
    Sandra Kansas City, MO, USA 06-30-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Excellent story, Love this character..."

    Anna Pigeon is a real woman with her insecuritites and flaws and intelligence. I really like this character and with one book have become a fan of the series. I will definately read more.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kendra Milbridge, ME, United States 01-02-12
    Kendra Milbridge, ME, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2007

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    "My First Nevada Barr Does NOT Disappoint"
    What made the experience of listening to Track of the Cat the most enjoyable?

    I'm a new fan of Anna Pigeon and her sister Molly. The story kept me engaged...it's a page turner. The characters are rich and author Nevada Barr is skillful in unfolding them before your eyes. Beautiful description of the west Texas Guadalupe Mountains. Barr knows whereof she writes.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The story itself is fresh and exciting. Certainly no retreads here.


    What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Barbara Rosenblat brings a lot to the reading of Track of the Cat. She reads well, has a strong, expressive voice. And while it's not quite the performance level of say Lorelei King reading a Stephanie Plum mystery (Janet Evanovich), Rosenblat does the story and the characters justice...and then some.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sweetgold CA 03-10-14
    Sweetgold CA 03-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "great 1st novel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. well written. good style with the suspense. good descriptions of the area.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Track of the Cat?

    the well put together and quite fesible ending.


    What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    she provides good emphasis at the proper time. good intonation.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to try them all.
    I

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Palmyra, VA, USA 03-11-06
    Jean Palmyra, VA, USA 03-11-06
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    "Track of the Cat"

    This was my first book in this series, and I enjoyed it. I picked this one because I like the reader, Barbara Rosenblatt. The story was interesting, and the conclusion a bit of a surprise.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    sandy Lebanon, CT, United States 11-12-13
    sandy Lebanon, CT, United States 11-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The narrator totally crushed this book"

    The narrator sounded so bored that I couldn't help but be bored as well. The sounds of her breathing between sentences made me think she was smoking and her swallowing sounds were like she was moving false teeth around. I couldn't even finish this book and usually finish books even if I don't like them because I paid for them, guess I wasted my money on This one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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