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3.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 5 3.81 (42 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nevada Barr Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN:
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The killings on Isle Royale have left Anna drained and haunted, her memories of her time with the wolf study group forever marred by the carnage on the island. Diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, she is on administrative leave, per her superintendent's urging. Anna wonders if the leave might not be permanent, either by her own choice or that of the National Park Service.

The one bright spot in Anna's life is Paul, her husband of less than a year. Hoping the warmth and the adventure of a raft trip in Big Bend National Park will lift her spirits, Paul takes Anna to southwest Texas, where the sun is hot and the Rio Grande is running high. The sheer beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert and the power of the river work their magic - until the raft is lost in the rapids and a young college student falls overboard, resulting in an even more grisly discovery. Caught in a strainer between two boulders and more dead than alive, is a pregnant woman, hair and arms tangled in the downed branches.

Instead of the soul-soothing experience they'd longed for, Anna and Paul find themselves sucked into a labyrinth of intrigue that leads from the Mexican desert to the steps of the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 2/8/2014

    " Kind of sequel to Winter Study, as the double entendre of the titles suggests Anna Pigeon is on the borderline of mental health after her adventures on Isle Royale so she takes a vacation river rafting the Rio Grande, the natural border between the U.S. and Texas. Quite naturally, she gets embroiled in another mystery. This time it is a woman who begs Anna to take her unborn child with her dying breath. Who is the woman, what should be done with the child and who is the mysterious shooter on the cliff? Read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/8/2014

    " Just who done it was obvious from the start, but that was the least of my problems with Borderline. I've been reading Anna Pigeon's adventures from the start ( Blind Descent is probably my favorite, because it triggers my claustrophobia; I sweat along with Anna in the darkness, and the mystery seems that much more intense). I'm aware somewhere along the way Nevada Barr found Jesus. Or something supernatural, at any rate. And for the first time it really shows in Borderline. There's an odd mish-mash of teabagger anti-government politics, environmental awareness, evangelical fervor, a concern for human rights, and a parody of Sarah Palin--her stand-in is the bad guy--that is forced, clumsy. Each time I came across one of these little rants, it was like a boulder in the Rio Grande; it interrupted my enjoyment of the smooth flow of the plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 bookczuk | 2/6/2014

    " This book picks up after a horrific experience on Wolf Isle, in the last book, and starts off with Anna experiencing PTSD from that episode in her life. It had left me, as a reader, pretty raw, too, so was glad to have the opportunity to work through some of that mayhem. It also gave Anna and new husband, Paul, (a character I really like), an actual opportunity to be in the same location. That a rafting adventure quickly turns into its own disaster was not exactly the vacation Anna and Paul had been looking for, but did allow for growth and healing in its own weird way. Good characters, interesting to see Anna's views on infants, some political awareness of situations at the US/MExico border, and enough smarmy characters to keep a reader occupied. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 2/2/2014

    " Anna Pigeon is trying to recover from her harrowing Isle Royale experience. On a mandatory leave of absense, she and Paul take a "vacation", white water rafting down the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park. She gets caught up in another mystery, another life-altering experience, and finds a chance at motherhood - sort of. This book was not as good as Winter Study and some other ones, but it was a necessary step back for Anna to reflect. Looking forward to the next novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janie | 2/1/2014

    " Classic Nevada Barr ... summer beach material. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 1/24/2014

    " My most recent "Anna Pigeon"...on leave following the harrowing adventures on Presque Isle in Winter Study...maybe suffering from PTSD, Anna and her husband Paul are on a "recuperative" rafting trip in Big Bend National Park in America's great Southwest...I love these Barr settings!!!They become enmeshed in a Texas soap opera involving Texas politics...a bit melodramatic, but Anna can really confront her maternalism protecting a newborn...Barr provides some real insights into human relationships through the characters as well as make the nationl park setings come to life "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 1/15/2014

    " I finally read an Anna Pigeon park ranger detective story. It was actually pretty good and I might now go back and read her books from the beginning or maybe listen to them on CD. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liberty | 1/13/2014

    " My first completed book of 2013! Awesome! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharron | 1/13/2014

    " this started off slowly but picked up quickly after the first CD (audio version). and as always, Barbara Rosenblatt is the ideal narrator. all in all a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 12/13/2013

    " Pretty standard Anna Pigeon mystery with some smatterings of politics, disaster survival, and group dynamics. I like the series but this was not my number one favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura D | 12/12/2013

    " I get hooked on the little threads that end up being one big ball of knots but somehow get explained along the way. Barr gets better and better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shirley | 12/9/2013

    " Nevada Barr's novels always take place in a National Park. She gives wonderful historical information on the park as the mystery unfolds. All books about Anna Pigeon, park ranger, have been interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Painter | 11/25/2013

    " I love Anna Pigeon! This book is another enjoyable ride in the adventurous life of this spunky park ranger. The story is classic Nevada Barr with the humor and suspense that I love in her novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ayelet | 11/23/2013

    " Clever but reading about her inner turmoil got to be a little much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 11/11/2013

    " This book takes place not very far from my own home: Big Bend National Park. When Ms. Barr describes the places close to Chisos Lodge, I can easily picture it. I've crossed the river and ridden a burro to Bouquillas. I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 10/22/2013

    " Nevada Barr improves with each book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 6/12/2013

    " Another great Nevada Barr! This, along with Blind Descent, are my favorites. I've celebrated Christmas in Big Bend National Park twice so I loved the setting and have even taken part of the same raft trip as the characters in the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 3/27/2013

    " This book was definately packed with action!!! I loved learning little tidbits about the area (since the landscape is much different where I live), going with Anna through all the ups and downs and suspense... it was definately a book that draws you into the story!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 9/6/2012

    " Borderline showed even more emotional growth and evolution of Anna Pigeon. I did not feel that the story offered the same pacing as prior year's books but this was made up in internal exploration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 8/16/2012

    " Anna saves a baby and herself in this tale of a "vacation" run amok. I think she should retire. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 8/4/2012

    " The most interesting part of this tale is that Anna began to explore her more "womanly" attributes......desire to love and protect the baby. Will we see her have a child of her own one day?? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 7/31/2012

    " I finished this and have to say that it was entirely too predictable. Perhaps it is the fact that I read a bunch in a row, but I was disappointed with this book. I'm on my last one for a while now and then on to some other things! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drew Danko | 5/5/2012

    " Another good read by Nevada Barr. This time Anna is down on the Mexican-U.S border paddling on the Rio Grande intending to recover from her tramautic experiences at Isle Royale. But our heroine is drawn into another mystery which shows a different side of Anna than we have seen in past novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 4/7/2012

    " This is an excellent series if you like the genre - suspense thriller. I like the main character -- a woman park ranger who is thoughtful and strong, loves the great outdoors and her husband, but is, well, a bit grumpy about things that bug her like inconsiderate or downright evil people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Bagley | 2/18/2012

    " Nevada Barr hasn't disappointed me yet! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nanci | 12/14/2011

    " Nevada Barr just keeps getting better and better with each new Anna Pigeon mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 10/30/2011

    " I usually love Anna Pigeon stories but this one wasn't my favorite. Less compelling and more violent than past books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marylou | 6/11/2011

    " This book has a different start, but still involves Anna in a wild ride...literally and mentally. I like the location adventures. This one did have a rather surprise ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 5/21/2011

    " The national park mysteries with Anna Pigeon are always terrific and make you want to visit the parks--sans violence, of course. It may be my imagination, but I think the series is getting pretty bloodthirsty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyn | 5/9/2011

    " This was one of those books that I didn't want to put down, so suspenseful! First one of hers I have read. Maybe I'll go for more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 5/6/2011

    " I listened to this one on audio books, and one hears things differently than they are read. I enjoyed the content, the mystery, the characters, and how Barr used nature in her workings of the story. She is a very good writer to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Sue | 4/18/2011

    " Anna Pigeon goes mumsy! Never expected that one. In Big Bend National Park on a healing vacation with her husband, Anna incounters murders and attempted murders. This was a change of pace and a welcome look at her hubby, too. There still is plenty of action, and Anna still has grit! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caraobrien | 3/8/2011

    " I liked it, but didn't think it was as good as her other Anna Pigeon books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 2/26/2011

    " As usual with Nevada Barr an exciting compelling read that is hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DeeAnn | 2/21/2011

    " Great story and a fast read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shirley | 2/17/2011

    " Nevada Barr's novels always take place in a National Park. She gives wonderful historical information on the park as the mystery unfolds. All books about Anna Pigeon, park ranger, have been interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 2/11/2011

    " Nevada Barr hasn't disappointed me yet! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 12/29/2010

    " Great read while I had the flu. Anna Pigeon is the kind of character who makes me feel like I'm moving even when I'm not. She's getting older and wiser but no less irreverant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 12/19/2010

    " It's a fast read and typical of the Anna Pigeon series. I always enjoy the National Parks settings for Nevada Barr's books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leila | 11/9/2010

    " I could NOT put it down "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 11/8/2010

    " I think that Borderline came out at about the same time as 13 1/2 but there is no comparison. This is back to Anna Pidgeon and her travails during a rafting trip in Big Bend National Park. An excellent and fast read with a lot of unexpected plot twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geri | 11/8/2010

    " I am a fan of Nevada Barr and this may prove to be one of my favorites. Anna is mellowing as she ages, and I like it. Another fun read with plenty of suspense and action along the way. "

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About the Author
Author Nevada Barr

Nevada Barr was born in the small western town of Yerington, Nevada, and raised on a mountain airport in the Sierras. Pushed out of the nest, she fell into theatre, receiving her BA in speech and drama and her MFA in acting before making the pilgrimage to New York City, then Minneapolis. For eighteen years she worked on stage, in commercials and industrial training films, and doing voiceovers for radio. During this time she became interested in the environmental movement and began working in National Parks across the country during the summers. Woven throughout these seemingly disparate careers was the written word. Nevada wrote and presented campfire stories, taught storytelling, and was a travel writer and restaurant critic. She has won both the Agatha and Anthony awards for best first mystery.

About the Narrator

Joyce Bean is an accomplished audiobook narrator and director. In addition to having won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, she has been nominated multiple times for the prestigious Audie Award. Equally adept at narrating fiction and nonfiction, and she also narrates audiobooks under the name Jane Brown.