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"As usual, the writing is first-rate, with vivid characters and atmospheric background." (Publishers Weekly)
"The edgy, fast-paced tale generates plenty of tension, making the most of several nighttime crimes, and Barr does a good job of developing the character of Anna, adding romance to the mix and giving the ranger plenty of opportunity to display her slightly dark, off-center wit." (Booklist)
I like the Anna Pigeon/Nevada Barr novels, and I've read and/or listened to many of them. I like the mystery combined with Anna's middle aged woman's angst about life and her complex feelings toward others. It is a good study of humanity.
A minor nit is the anti-hunting bias which is evident in many books in the series, but this one is a little over the top. Barr characterizes all hunters as cretins, never allowing a single ethical example to enter the story.
I wouldn't complain about the anti-hunter bias except that such an attitude is atypical of all the Park Rangers I've met, who generally understand the need for hunters and the revenue they provide for wildlife welfare.
Still, it's a good book with some great characters. It's not the best Anna Pigeon book in the series, but it is worth your time.
A well-constructed story with interesting characters, but suffering a little from a tendency to stereotype. Hint: Closer to Neil Young than Lynard Skynard. The main character, Anna Pigeon, is feisty and likeable, but her continual introspection can cloy. Despite these quibbles, it’s a good listen, with an unexpected climax, complemented by a well-delivered and fitting narration by Barbara Rosenblat.
While this is not Nevada Barr's most exciting, it is still one of my favorites. I have come to enjoy Anna Pigeon's thoroughly believable day-to-day life. As a character, she is a likeable, flawed and respect-worthy woman who is making her way in a hard profession, with just enough humor peppered throughout, to add some flavor and keep it all from getting too dark.
Barbara Rosenblat MAKES her real, and without this narrator, I fear I would not be such a devoted reader. If you like the outdoor life and would like to see/hear it through the eyes of a strong but often uncertain middle-aged woman, you will like this book, and most of Nevada Barr's other Anna Pigeon novels.
If not such a fan, then make a point of finding anything Barbara Rosenblat reads. She is SUPER.
is beginning to get a little too PETA leaning. I have always seen that she is writing about a ranger who sees no use for hunting or fishing, but this book is a little annoying with Anna Pigeon's opinions. (more than other books I have listened to on Ms Pigeon.
“I love all genres of books, however when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
I listen to many audiobooks and this one was very distracting because of the amount of loud swishing saliva noises in the narrator's mouth. I can't beleive the producers did not notice this. It was absolutely hideous! I nearly gave up on the book but wanted to find out how the story ended. The story was actually quite good except for the spit.
Don't you just love a great story well told?
This is a fine book with the culture of the south as part of its roots.
That it takes 1/2 of the book for any REAL drama to develop is not helpful.
I love the Detective Anna Pidgeon, she has real insight and who knew being a "ranger" could be as exciting as an inner city cop? (A very resourceful woman) Yay!
Still I don't want to call it a potboiler, because it is too original for that. But as for as excitement goes I WAS able to put it down, listen to another and then come back to it. NOT exactly a compelling "Who-done-It?" So it's average. There are some racial and feminist issues that might interest some but what is nice is they aren't portrayed as RACE issues. The fact that her color and gender are mostly taken for granted as no big deal is refreshing.
Being a cozy mystery lover, I ventured into this authors work last year in a paper copy. Very different from my usual choices and I LOVE it! This is my second book from Nevada Barr, and I'll buy more. The narrator is very good, her voice is perfect for the outdoor setting but the funny squishy swallowing noises occasionally noticable sort of drive me nuts... at first I thought it was rustling pages, but it sounds more like an odd liquid noise. But for that, the narration is wonderful.
I really enjoy the Anna Pigeon novels...they are great stories with lots of twists and turns.
Anna is my favorite character. I like that she is fallible and yet never gives up.
Barbara Rosenblat was really good at the accents - and there were many. You could always tell who was talking.
Never before had I read anything by Ms. Barr, but can say this will probably the last. I thought so much more could have been done with the story. She used words to describe what the protagonist was feeling and experiencing, but they fell short of bringing this character to life for me. The plot was weak and characters were two dimensional.
This was my first Nevada Barr book, and I look forward to reading more. I feel it should be said, though, that while the reader did a good job of giving a voice to the characters, whatever issues she was having with her dentures or saliva production made this VERY difficult to endure. I was greatly distracted by the sounds, or anticipation of the sounds.
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