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Separated from friends and family and haunted by personal demons, park ranger Anna Pigeon finds solace in the quiet ruins of the Anasazi civilization of Colorado's Mesa Verde. But the rugged beauty of the park and the mystery of the Anasazi are cruelly overshadowed by danger and death. Lately, visitors to Mesa Verde have been bringing home more than photos - they're also carrying a strange, deadly disease, and once it strikes, Anna Pigeon must find the very human source of the evil wind.

©1995 Nevada Barr (P)1999, 2017 Dove Audio / Phoenix Books

Critic Reviews

"Author and narrator present audio entertainment at its best." ( AudioFile magazine)

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Terrible Production - couldn't finish

I love Nevada Barr novels, but the production was so fuzzy and the volume so wonky that I could not finish listening to this book. If I had the volume up loud enough to hear a low-pitched voice my ears would get blasted when a higher-pitched character spoke. Plus it was often fuzzy sounding.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Sound is bad

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I could barely hear the narrator, even when I turned the volume up.

What was most disappointing about Nevada Barr’s story?

The story was good.

How could the performance have been better?

The performance was probably very good, as this narrator is usually great, but the sound quality was awful.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Ron
  • Athens, GA United States
  • 06-22-18

Did not finish due to bad sound quality!

The narrator would speak clearly at a high volume for a couple of sentences then drop to almost a whisper level. This up and down volume level made it impossible for me to set the volume to a bearable level and still catch everything. I got frustrated and gave up on it about half way through.

The book itself is probably good if you can hear enough of it to be able to follow it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Uneven sound

Either the narrator or the production is of extremely poor quality which is uneven in volume and most sentences trailing off to inaudible sounds. Very irritating. I deserve a credit refund.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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sound quality

the sound quality was horrible. the voice was soft and then loud. it made me miss half the book

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Meh

Atrocious audio, great story. Might be the studio it was recorded in? Still worth a listen.

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Love the Anna Pigeon series!

Recording quality was not so great, but story and reader performance as good as always!

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audio problems

I love Nevada Barr. This audio version has issues with sound and volume. it sounded like it was in a box and even turned up all the way I could not hear it well.

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Same great characterization, weaker story

This book is worth the read, but I liked it less than the first two in the series, largely because the crime that causes the deaths in the book seems a little bit of a stretch for credulity. However, Barr’s Anna Pigeon returns with the same wise-cracking attitude, curiosity, loneliness and hard drinking to charm the reader. There is a very compelling 6 year old and her Aunt Hattie, a colorful earth mother with a dramatic flair. Anna’s two roommates in the employee dormitory are an interesting duo – one who believes she can speak for the spirits of the dead in the park, and a southern belle who is perfectly happy to shoot bad guys in between dates. Characters we’ve come to depend on – sister Molly as the Greek Chorus, Piedmont the cat stuck living in a colleague’s house – are also included, and Fred the Fed makes a comeback, this time as a real partner to Anna.

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  • Stephen
  • Farmington, UT, USA
  • 07-28-18

Agree on sound quality

When I first read the reviews on sound quality, I thought they were maybe overblown. But I could not listen to this book through my car stereo even on full treble. Some of the names, places and words were muffled and it was hard to follow to story. I could listen with headphones and some later parts seemed more clear. All that said, the story was on par with the prior books and I enjoyed it overall.