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Anna Pigeon, in her career as a National Park Service ranger, has had to deal with all manner of crimes and misdemeanors, but cyberbullying and stalking are new ones. The target is Elizabeth, the adopted teenage daughter of her friend, Heath Jarrod. Elizabeth is driven to despair by the disgusting rumors spreading online and bullying texts. Until one day Heath finds her daughter, Elizabeth, in the midst of an unsuccessful suicide attempt. And then she calls in the cavalry - her aunt Gwen and her friend, Anna Pigeon.

While they try to deal with the fragile state of affairs - and find the person behind the harassment - the three adults decide the best thing to do is to remove Elizabeth from the situation. Since Anna is about to start her new post as acting chief ranger at Acadia National Park in Maine, the three will join her and stay at a house on the cliff of a small island near the park - Boar Island. But the move east doesn't solve the problem. The stalker has followed them. And Heath (a paraplegic) and Elizabeth aren't alone on the otherwise deserted island. At the same time, Anna has barely arrived at Acadia before a brutal murder is committed by a killer uncomfortably close to her.

Boar Island is a brilliant intertwining of past and present, of victims and killers, in a compelling audiobook that could come only from Nevada Barr.

©2016 Nevada Barr (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 05-26-16

A Fast Moving Tale

In this book Barr takes us to the Acadia National Park in Maine. Some of the beauty of Maine comes through in the story but I wished there were more descriptions of the Park. I did enjoy the scene of the crumbling lighthouse and the information Barr provided about the plight of the lobstermen.

Anna is acting Chief Ranger for the Park on a twenty-one day assignment. Heath Jarrod, who is paralyzed; aunt Gwen Littleton, a pediatrician; and sixteen year old Elizabeth, who is Heath’s adopted daughter and Anna’s goddaughter, accompany Anna to Boar Island. The main theme of the book is about a cyber-bully and cyber-stalking, primarily of teenagers.
The book is well written and the pace is very fast. The plot twists and turns with two main plots intertwining. I have enjoyed this series and learning about the various national parks and the life of a ranger. I noted this is the 100th anniversary of the National Park System.

The book is narrated by one of my favorite narrators, British actress, Barbara Rosenblat. Rosenblat has won forty Golden Earphone Awards. She has won eight Audie Awards (more than any other female narrator). For those not familiar with the Audie, a comparison could be thought of as the Audie is the Oscar for the audiobook narrators. Rosenblat was the 2010 Odyssey Medal winner by the American Library Association and was voted the Voice of the Century by the Audiofile Magazine.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Really?

I'm more than a little disappointed. It wasn't the author's best work. The narrator was ridiculous in her overacting. Also, how does a narrator repeat the same mispronunciation over and over? Mount Desert is not a dessert. A buoy is not pronounced boy.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed but still a big fan

I found this book to be very uncolorful and extremely repetitive. Hearing the character Denise rationalize her thoughts every other chapter, saying the exact same thing but in different ways wore on. I liked having the shifting perspective of Heath but her storyline and point of view just dropped off after the halfway point of the book. I think this was probably thrown together. Anna usually has profound thoughts and interesting metaphors but not this time. Additionally, there was hardly the kind of rich description of the natural area that I've come to expect. Completely forgettable book that didn't do justice to the Anna Pigeon series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Nancy
  • Nampa, ID, United States
  • 06-03-16

Not her best

I guess we all get tired. Sense of place totally lacking , it was one of the things Barr is known for, but not this time. Just overall not on par with her usual.

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bad

What disappointed you about Boar Island?

She has become very dark---almost psychotic. No more for me.

What could Nevada Barr have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

not written it

How did the narrator detract from the book?

did not

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Boar Island?

All the dark, bloody ones

Any additional comments?

bought my last one

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • 08-24-16

Nevada Barr & Barbara Rosenblat always a winning combination!

Nevada Barr & Barbara Rosenblat always a winning combination!
I have read all of the Anna Pigeon series & this book was one of my favorite. It revisits old friends as well as new scenery.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Getting too predictable

I have long loved Nevada Barr's books. But this one made me antsy because it was predictable...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not the Best Pidgeon Story

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. It was depressing.

Would you be willing to try another book from Nevada Barr? Why or why not?

Absolutely. I have enjoyed many others.

What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The reader brings out the characters...sometimes too well.

Did Boar Island inspire you to do anything?

Yes, get another audible book for this evening.

Any additional comments?

Having enjoyed many of Nevada Barr’s I looked forward to listening to another. But, this one was disappointing in that the plot was flat and there are several places where it just got gloomy and depressing. Maybe I just needed a lighter book without whiney characters and evil stupid ones so prominent. I only made it through the first half of the book before giving up.

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  • Bob
  • Longmont, CO, United States
  • 06-26-16

Missing a character

There's a missing character in this book, the park. All that's left over are alternate scenes of mysterious weird twins and Anna & friends swimming in estrogen.
Essentially nothing about Acadia NP, nothing about how the park interacts with the players, nothing that indicates that this story couldn't have happened anywhere.
This is one to miss.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Best narrator ever!

I could listen to this narrator read a phone book and be happy. Fortunately Boar Island is more entertaining than a phone book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful