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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,063 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nevada Barr Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Anna Pigeon Mysteries Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781440718083
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The more punishing the environment, the more harrowing the adventure. --New York Times Book Review "Barr's trademark pleasures are evocative natural descriptions, mounting suspense, and Anna Pigeon's never-say-die spirit" --- Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/19/2014

    " Anna is not on the job this time, she's vacationing. Well, can she ever be off the job? Anna and her husband are caught in the middle of political scheming, illegal immigration, and murder while taking a leasurely raft ride for vacation. I really liked this one, makes me want to visit the park, as usual. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 2/19/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbi | 2/3/2014

    " I couldn't put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 1/29/2014

    " The Anna Pigeon series has been one of my favorites. But the last 5 or so have not drawn me in the way the earlier books did. This one was fine, but no rave review. Barr excels at describing the national parks where each novel is set & that remains a strength. Anna survives some incredible dangers (as usual), her husband is a rock, (as usual) & the villains are of course evil. The End. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/23/2014

    " Nevada Barr is one of the better mystery writters. I am always looking forward to the exciting story and the surprise ending everytime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jann | 1/18/2014

    " This may be my favorite Anna Pidgeon story. Anna find out it's hard to be the kind of woman she wants to be when hampered with a child, but she does it anyway (for a bit) and learns that women aren't naturally incapable, incompetent, or weak, but children change everything. Plus, the story is set in Big Bend National Park and is packed with Texans, Mexicans, politicians, adventure, and a really disgusting home delivery. Recommend 16+ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcia | 1/11/2014

    " I love Nevada Barr books and this ranks up there with my favorites. This one shows a new side of Anna Pidgeon which was really nice to see. Looking forward to the next book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edna | 1/5/2014

    " enjoyed, but my expectations led to my disappointment ... I guess I was disappointed that there wasn't enough of the relationship between Anna and Paul. All in all ... a good solid story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/1/2014

    " This was an exciting quick read. Nothing of lasting value, but great entertainment on a long flight! Anna Pigeon is a female park ranger who protects the innocent from the bad guys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty Sutton | 12/26/2013

    " good thriller. made me want to read the rest of the series. Great wilderness, survival, and national park details. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MJ | 12/15/2013

    " I read this book in one day, it was that good. Nevada Barr's writing is lyrical. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terry | 11/30/2013

    " I didn't intend to read this book, but it was available so I gave it a try. Not bad, may even read some of the rest of the series some day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 11/11/2013

    " Ranger Anna Pigeon in one of her usual dangerous predicaments, this time she's stuck in a canyon with rising water and a sniper at the top of the ridge. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dee | 10/28/2013

    " More about the plot than the Park this time. Anna is on vacation - rafting on the Rio Grande. Fast paced story covers about 48 hours of a rapidly unfolding story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stella | 5/27/2013

    " Glad to see more of hubby, Paul. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thimbleberry | 1/19/2013

    " Another solid mystery in the Anna Pigeon series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corky | 12/3/2012

    " This newest Anna Pigeon gives the reader a different perspective of Anna. Quite enjoyable. Glad to see Nevada Barr writing again after Hurricane Katrina. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kfinney | 10/22/2012

    " Give it a miss - not enough of Big Bend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty | 3/7/2012

    " Big Bend National Park was the best thing about this crime novel. The plot was too predictable, and the author's attempt to set up an alternate bad guy was totally lame. Though Nevada Barr is better than some crime novelists, I think I am bored with this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyndee | 12/18/2011

    " A great suspense crime novel. I love this series, always set in a different national park. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie Brown-Wauters | 7/12/2011

    " I have enjoyed the Nevada Barr Anna Pregeon series until this one, just not as exciting as her previous books. "

  • 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

Barbara Rosenblat, one of the most awarded narrators in the business, was selected by AudioFile magazine as one of the Golden Voices of the Twentieth Century. She has received the prestigious Audie Award multiple times and has earned fifty-six AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has also appeared in film, television, and theater, both in London’s West End and on Broadway.