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Publisher's Summary

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.

6 of 6 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.

4 of 4 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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  • 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.

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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.

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Enjoyable whodunit

Just the right blend of romping through parklands, catching the bad guys, and entertaining dialog.

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  • Melissa
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • 04-06-18

Sound quality is abysmal

Like so many others have already written, the recording of this book is unacceptable. The story is good, the narration is great, but the engineering of the sound is abysmal. I tried calling customer service and was told that they might have to totally re-record it with a completely different narrator. That was after she told me that the poor sound quality was probably a theatrical technique where the narrator dropped her voice to make it more haunting or suspenseful. The customer service agent was courteous, but completely clueless about the book itself or the narrator. The two or three minute clip that she listened to could not possibly have given her a good picture of the overall poor quality of this particular recording. I requested that it be referred to the sound engineers so that they could check the master recording and see if perhaps it was a technical glitch when it was duplicated. I was very frustrated by the encounter with customer service.

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Sound or pitch is bad

Would you try another book from Nevada Barr and/or Barbara Rosenblat?

I will continue to listen to her books, but I might be more selective as to who is reading it. I had to stop listening to it in the car. It sounds like the narrator is a smoker.

How could the performance have been better?

Needs to be rerecorded.

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Loved It

I love the Anna Pigeon character. I've read several of the series and never tire of the stories. Nevada Barr's writings are well written and easy to read. Pick this book up and be ready for relaxed enjoyment.

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National Park Detective Shines

I love this series. Master Narrator, Barbara Rosenblat, makes the heroine, Anna Pidgeon, come alive. Author, Nevada Barr, never disappoints. These stories are educational, thought provoking and provide hours of interesting suspense.