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Blind Descent

By: Nevada Barr
Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
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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.

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©1998 Nevada Barr (P)1998 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"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)

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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Great book!

I really enjoy the Anna Pigeon series!! Unfortunately, I am going to have to stop listening to the audiobooks. I like Barbra’s voice but her constant audible swallowing and mouth noises on the tape are literally going to drive me crazy. Does no one else hear it?! Am I the only one??!!? Ahhhh!

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Really Horrible Mouth Noise

Every now and then it sounds like the narrator has a lozenge in her mouth. Incredibly annoying.

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  • 04-23-22

Narrator ruined it for me

I could not get into the story because of the narrator. It sounded like she has something in her mouth like a lozenge that was clicking on her teeth. Very prominent sound when listening on an earbud especially. Sorry!

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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!

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Boring

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

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Mouth Noises

I like the Anna Pigeon series but this is a slow one. The narrator is good but I can’t get past the mouth noises…I physically cringe. With technology can they not silence that? Ha!