Four people on a backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada find more adventure than they ever imagined. They are drawn to the mountains for reasons as diverse as their own lives. Gwen Foster, a counselor for at-risk youths, is struggling with burnout from the demands of her job. Real estate agent Oscar Barajas is adjusting to the fall of the housing market and being a single parent. Todd Harris, an attorney, is stuck in a lucrative but unfulfilling career-and in a failing marriage. They are all brought together by their trainer, Tracy Cole, a former athlete with a taste for risky pursuits.
When the hikers start up a pristine mountain trail that hasn't been traveled in years, all they have to guide them is a hand-drawn map of a remote, mysterious place called Lost Canyon. At first, the route past high alpine lakes and under towering, snowcapped peaks offers all the freedom and exhilaration they'd hoped for. But when they stumble onto someone who doesn't want to be found, the group finds itself faced with a series of dangerous conflicts, moral dilemmas, confrontations with nature, and an all-out struggle for survival.
Moving effortlessly between city and wilderness, Lost Canyon explores the ways that race, class, and culture shape experience and perception. It examines the choices good people must face in desperate situations. Set in the grand, wild landscape of California's mountains, Lost Canyon is a story of brewing social tensions and breathtaking adventure that will keep listeners on the edge of their seats.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
I felt I was listening to a clunky storyline written by a teenage girl. The characters were predictable and empty. The story just didn’t get going quickly enough.
What could Nina Revoyr have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
She needed to get to the plot quicker. The time spent setting out the characters’ back story was wasted because it didn’t draw me in. Setting them up for their hike was awkward and forced.
What didn’t you like about Karen Chilton’s performance?
I’m not sure her slow narration helped the slow story.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Perhaps it does later in the book, but I’m afraid it was not worth pursuing for me.
Any additional comments?
I appreciate this is quite negative and perhaps I’m a bit impatient, but I do listen to and read a great many books and it is rare I have to give up on one.
Two guys and two girls, each of varying abilities head out on a hike. Of course something goes wrong and they have to try and get away with their lives before local drug men shoot them.
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