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....
Anthony Award-winning author William Kent Krueger crafts this riveting tale about a small Minnesota town’s ex-sheriff who is having trouble retiring his badge....
Eighteen months ago, Aleut Kate Shugak quit her job investigating sex crimes for the Anchorage DA’s office and retreated to her father’s homestead in a national park in the interior of Alaska....
In the small town of Bluestem, a house way up on a ridge explodes into flames, its owner, a man named Judd, trapped inside....
Introducing Wyoming's Sheriff Walt Longmire in this riveting novel, the first in the Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire....
Set in the wilds of Maine, this is an explosive tale of an estranged son thrust into the hunt for a murderous fugitive - his own father....
The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent....
In the seaside town of Lighthouse Cove in northern California, everyone knows the best man for the job is actually a woman - contractor Shannon Hammer....
When a young girl is found dead in the mountains outside Timber Creek, lifelong resident Officer Mattie Cobb and her partner, K-9 police dog Robo, are assigned to the case....
In this powerful K-9 crime thriller, FBI Special Agent Meg Jennings and her trusted search-and-rescue Labrador, Hawk, must race against the clock before a diabolical killer strikes again....
The Edgar Award-winning and New York Times best-selling author delivers a thriller about a troubled cop trying to save his son from a killer in Yellowstone....
The first case for P.I. Kinsey Millhone, who is 32, twice divorced, no kids, an ex-cop, and a loner who knows how to work the system....
A disturbing murder with shocking consequences sets in motion the new book in the best-selling suspense series starring psychologist Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis....
A local fisherman lands more than he bargained for when he pulls a dead body out of Montana’s Madison River....
The irresistible David Freed’s first mystery is a stay-up-late-to-finish thriller.....
Larkin Conner Barkley lives like the City of Angels is hers for the taking....
In a remote Northern Vermont town, college student Rachel Rath is being watched. She can feel the stranger's eyes on her, relentless and possessive....
Haunted by personal demons and cut off from her friends and family, Anna Pigeon seeks solace in the quiet ruins of Colorado's Mesa Verde National Park. But the solitude is soon interrupted. A mysterious illness is afflicting tourists to the park. When an asthmatic child dies and a ranger colleague - and friend - is murdered, Anna must find out the truth.
I don't like abridgements, and this audiobook is one of the reasons why -- the story is so hacked up as to be impossible to follow. Nevada Barr can turn a phrase beutifully and all of that is gone. Hold out for an unabridged version! Don't by this one!
17 of 17 people found this review helpful
I'm a big Nevada Barr fan. Unfortunately this production doesn't work on so many levels. It is a toss up as to whether it is the terrible job of abridging the book, the monotone narrator or the fact that it's only available in a poor quality that does the most to ruin this production. What is more certain is that these things combine to result in the worst Anna Pigeon story by Nevada Barr on Audible.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
I will admit at the beginning that I don't much care for abridgments. Even with that bias, usually it means that secondary stories and details are admitted. This is so badly done that if I bought it on tape I'd think I'd lost a tape. You switch between points of the story abruptly and with no attempt to summarize what's happened. I couldn't follow the mystery, the only reason to get this is to follow the Pigeon's developing character. For that, and a couple of frustrating hours attempting to follow the plot the cost is really high.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Rosenblat fits perfectly as Anna Pigeon! I was sorely disappointed in the abridged version of Ill Wind. I was so looking forward to listening to them in order that I didn't notice this was abridged: what a supreme disappointment. I want my money back!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Nevada Barr is a great writer, and her character, Anna Pigeon reminds one of a modern day version of Elizabeth Peter's character, Amelia Peabody Emerson. Joanna Gleason does a very good job narrating, almost as good as the great Barbara Rosenblat!
Two flaws with this audio: it is only available abridged (way to abridged to be easy to follow!) ; and the audio is very poorly recorded and very difficult to hear, even through Bose noise reducing headphones. Without these flaws, this would be a 5 star audiobook.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
What disappointed you about Ill Wind?
Didn't notice it was abridged, but wanted to listen in order. Really choppy and I still don't know if it was murder or suicide??!! What?! WTH? Barbara Rosenblat IS Anna Pigeon! Was so disappointed to hear a different voice.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
The continuation of the storyline of Anna's life is interesting and important to me, but really paid having to listen to a butchered version of the book.
Would you be willing to try another one of Joanna Gleason’s performances?
I haven't checked yet, but hope they don't use Joanna Gleason again for Anna.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ill Wind?
I wouldn't have cut anything else out! It's too sparse as it is.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Only because it is the next book in the series and I like to read them in order.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Unabridged!!!!!!!!! I love Nevada Barr's books and, from the others I've read, I'm sure there was much detail and richness lost in the cuts.
Which character ??? as performed by Joanna Gleason ??? was your favorite?
She was the best part of the experience. I enjoyed her performance through all the characters. She does a great job of keeping each character "in voice" so they are easily recognized and that adds to the overall enjoyment of the read.
Do you think Ill Wind needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Just the unabridged version would be enough. There are other books to continue with Anna Pigeon's story. But I would read it just to see what I missed...
Any additional comments?
If you check my library, you'll find I do series. I've discovered a dozen new authors I hadn't read before I started listening to audiobooks and I really enjoy series that keep the main character recognizable and growing throughout the series. I wanted to go ahead with Ms. Barr's books so I reluctantly purchased Ill Wind so there would not be a gap in the story sequence that would be referred in a later story. I was just disappointed because I know there was a lot of detail left out at someone else's discretion that I would have preferred to read for myself.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I am a Nevada Barr fan, but this one didn't fit together as neatly as the plots of her other books. At the end, there were still some loose ends. Perhaps because it was abridged.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
What did you like best about Ill Wind? What did you like least?
I didn't realize this was an abridgement. I was relying on the Amazon reviews which I don't think link to the Audible reviews. As soon as I came over here, I saw all the reviewers. I wouldn't never have bought it if I had realized it was an abridgement, and such a poor one at that. Lesson Learned.
What was most disappointing about Nevada Barr’s story?
The abridgment made it near impossible to follow. It jumped around and didn't make sense.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Any additional comments?
I love the Anna Pigeon series. It is one of my favorites. I read the books when they first came out and have now been going back to listen to them. Barr paints wonderful pictures of the parks. But this abridgement in horrible and makes a mess of the story. Wish I hadn't bothered.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Wasn't aware that this was an edited version. There were so many details missing that it made following the story difficult. I'm used to un-edited versions- they may take longer but you get all the nuances.