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Blind Descent Audiobook

Blind Descent

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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.

Listen to more Anna Pigeon mysteries.

© Nevada Barr; (P)Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"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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    Sharon in Surrey Vancouver, Canada 10-13-09
    Sharon in Surrey Vancouver, Canada 10-13-09 Member Since 2006
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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!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Arlington, TX, USA 07-31-04
    Cathy Arlington, TX, USA 07-31-04
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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.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Kat McAllen, TX, United States 02-15-12
    Kat McAllen, TX, United States 02-15-12 Member Since 2016
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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    NYNM 08-17-11
    NYNM 08-17-11
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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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    LaurieB 01-28-10
    LaurieB 01-28-10 Member Since 2016
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 01-03-07
    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 01-03-07 Member Since 2013
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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Terri 09-13-17
    Terri 09-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great book"

    great narrator. really good story, exciting till the end. I will listen to it again.

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    SandyA 05-11-17
    SandyA 05-11-17
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    Enjoy Nevada Barr's books but this one was not as engaging and slow at times.

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    Amazon Customer 10-19-16
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    "Tight and taut"

    Full of absolutely the finest descriptions of tight spaces I have ever read. Good humor, too! I enjoy looking up all the sights on the Internet and following along as Nevada Barr/Anna makes her way through the cave. Yikes! You can feel the darkness and the sweat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie 10-16-16
    Laurie 10-16-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Gripping!"

    The best Anna Pigeon I have read yet! I would recommend this for everyone who loves the wild places.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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