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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,911 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nevada Barr Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN:
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Anna Pigeon, a Ranger with the National Park Service, is on administrative leave from her job as she recovers from the traumas of the past couple of months - while the physical wounds have healed, the emotional ones are still healing. With her new husband busy and back at work, Anna decides to go to stay with an old friend from the Park Service, Geneva, who works as a singer at the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park.

Anna isn't in town long before she crosses paths with a tenant of Geneva's, a creepy guy named Jordan. She discovers what seems to be an attempt to place a curse on her - a gruesomely killed pigeon marked with runic symbols - and begins slowly to find traces of very dark doings in the heart of post-Katrina New Orleans. Tied up in all of this evil magic are Jordan, who is not at all what he appears to be; a fugitive mother accused of killing her husband and daughters in a fire; and faint whispers of unpleasant goings-on in the heart of the slowly recovering city.

Now it will take all of Anna's skills learned in the untamed outdoors to navigate the urban jungle in which she finds herself, to uncover the threads that connect these seemingly disparate people, and to rescue the most vulnerable of creatures from the most savage of animals.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara Ferrar | 2/15/2014

    " Definitely not for the faint of heart. Deeply disturbing in parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 2/14/2014

    " I am taking New Orleans off my list of places to visit! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 2/9/2014

    " At first, I was having a hard time keeping up with the story line but am glad I stuck with the story. Slow-l-ly the characters developed and it was great. VERY different from other Barr Books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Willy | 2/9/2014

    " Stopped reading. Too disturbing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/1/2014

    " I noted that many Nevada Barr fans were put off by how dark this Anna Pigeon mystery is in comparison with others. Yes, that is so, but I thought it followed well from Borderline and continues to add facets to the character Anna Pigeon. The last line leaves me nail biting, wondering about the outcome. As usual, Barr's place-based narrative puts us precisely where she wants us: the sights, sounds, feel, even smells of New Orleans are spot on. And who knew that the Park Service commemorates, interprets and performs blues, jazz and spirituals? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/28/2014

    " Burn is a very good book with dual plots for the first half that surprise the reader by coming together midway. As usual, Ranger Pigeon is out to protect the innocent, whether that be animals or children. The subject of the mystery is truly awful (pedophilia) and the bad guys didn't suffer as much as one might like. However, it was still a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evon | 1/25/2014

    " better than her books lately. not a very comfortable topic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki V | 1/20/2014

    " Not my favorite of the Anna Pigeon series. There are 2 different stories going on in this book and it takes 3/4 of the book for them to tell you why these 2 separate characters have anything to do with each other. Kind of annoying. Moved slow "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brianne | 1/19/2014

    " Picked this up the day it came out! If you like the outdoors and national parks, you should read all the Anna Pigeon mysteries. There are at least 10 of them, and each is set at a different national park/monument. She really does her homework, and I catch myself imaging female rangers as Anna when I go to the parks! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Stalling | 1/18/2014

    " A bit wordy, but I'm starting to readjust to the author's style. Normally, I listen to her work on my Zen, so actually reading it took some getting used to. It's an exciting read, though, so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 11/14/2013

    " Inner city Anna..OK "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Slyv | 11/7/2013

    " could not imagine how the two parts of the story were going to combine, and I knew her format, and knew they would. Ah ha. Good joining. Good escapism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 10/26/2013

    " I think I much more prefer Anna Pigeon out in the wild wilderness than I do the city. She just feels more in her element there, as I think Barr likes to write her there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Herrick | 8/19/2013

    " The Anna Pigeon series is about battling evil when it confronts beauty or innocence, and the evil just keeps getting viler. In this story I partcularly liked the theme of an actor taking on a role, getting lost in that role, and the struggle to return to "normalcy". "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sheila | 8/13/2013

    " We stopped listening to this taped version of the book on the second disc. Didn't like the way the narrator was reading it, too short a pause between scenes so it took a few seconds to figure out the scene had switched for one character to another. Too much swearing. Just not our style. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcie | 2/26/2013

    " It must not be my year for my favorite authors. Didn't care much for this one. Got bored and skipped to the end which I almost never do. Maybe I wasn't in the mood for it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 2/8/2013

    " Listened to the CD and enjoyed the story. This was my first Nevada Barr and Anna Pigeon novel. Will look for another. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 9/3/2012

    " Barr's prose poetically lures you into some scary places. I'd forgotten just how much I love her work. Just being in the wilds, whether woodlands or southern city, the tendrils of her plots wrap around you and refuse to let you go long after the endings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Goode | 3/11/2012

    " This was a good book, of course all her books are good, but some of it was very hard to read. I actually skipped alot of parts because I just couldnt read it. Very disturbing!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Squeaky | 1/3/2012

    " Very disturbing subject matter, not much park stuff. No map! Didn't see the twist coming. A couple of good library quotes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/7/2011

    " I love Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon books, but this one was very dark and the subject matter was extremely disturbing. Huge cliffhanger at the end with what is going to happen with Anna's character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenn | 8/9/2011

    " This book was an enjoyable read and I really liked the surprise twist about one of the main characters. Very interesting! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie Guy | 7/17/2011

    " I thought this was one of Nevada Barr's best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gayle | 6/29/2011

    " Not oneof her best "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 5/7/2011

    " I preferred Barr's earlier books with more about the national parks and Anna's story. Her more recent books seem to have more gratuitous violence than needed. Burn followed that trend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karin | 4/26/2011

    " I liked it, but at times it was a bit too graphic . . . largely because it was about child prostitution/abuse. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madeline | 4/21/2011

    " gripping enough, but much darker topic than her usual. I read all this author's books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Debdanz | 4/20/2011

    " I really like this author, but this was probably her weakest book- and the previous 2 or 3 weren't quite up to par either. I wish authors/publishers knew when to quit- ahead of the curve instead of after. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Vicki | 4/17/2011

    " I guess PTSD can cause folks to slip off into the dark side and I'm not sure if it's character Anna Pigeon or author Nevada Barr that suffers from it, but all I can say about her last several books is ICK! Two recent books about pedophilia is two too many for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamliving | 4/5/2011

    " Listened to the CD and enjoyed the story. This was my first Nevada Barr and Anna Pigeon novel. Will look for another. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Momma Willy | 4/4/2011

    " Stopped reading. Too disturbing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracy | 4/1/2011

    " I have enjoyed her books in the past, but this one was just too disgusting with the theme of child pedophilia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/20/2011

    " needed some brain candy. i love nevada barr and this was great. but disturbing. hers often are. but i wish i had read this one before i was a mom or had any friends under 10 years old. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doneen | 3/11/2011

    " This book was more about characters and story than about Park Ranger surroundings, and I enjoyed that change. It was a dark story but a nice change. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Merceda | 3/6/2011

    " Wow. Wasn't expecting the kids going into explicit scenes with men. It was a good Nevada Barr book, but I had trouble following the 2 story lines until they were combined in NOLA. Then it went more smoothly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deby | 3/4/2011

    " Her books have certainly become more gruesome and disturbing over time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 DeeAnn | 3/1/2011

    " The subject matter of the book keeps me from recommending it. "

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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.