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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,368 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nevada Barr Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2004 ISBN:
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Accomplished storyteller Nevada Barr captivates fans with her tightly-woven plots, vibrant descriptions, and believable characters. In this thrilling mystery, her resourceful sleuth, middle-aged park ranger Anna Pigeon, travels to northern California where she joins the forces battling an out-of-control forest fire.

Ever since a fire began raging through Lassen Volcanic National Park, Anna has been acting as medic and security officer for the spike camp firefighters. As the blaze dwindles and the camp demobilizes, she stays behind with a small crew to rescue an injured man. Suddenly a thunderstorm whips the remaining embers into a deadly firestorm. After the inferno passes, Anna discovers a crew member didn't make it, but a knife, not the fire, killed him.

Nevada Barr creates scenes so powerful you can almost feel the intense heat and smell the billowing smoke. Narrator Barbara Rosenblat brings out the nail-biting suspense as Anna searches for the killer within the small band of survivors.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Huntham | 2/13/2014

    " I've read all of Nevada Barr's books and this is definitely my favorite. The fire scene is incredible. you really feel like you are there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 2/11/2014

    " Nevada Barr took a new direction with this installment of the Anna Pidgeon series. Instead of a story that played out over a week or two, this all happens in about 72 hours. Also, she switches back & forth to another character's perspective besides Anna's. Well done. The only part I didn't like is that she has a large group of characters, and refers to them alternately by their first & last names. I felt I needed to have a cheat sheet with me to figure out who she was talking about moment to moment. Still, she continues to entertain me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirstin DeGeer | 2/8/2014

    " The mystery itself was just too contrived and obvious, unfortunately. However, Barr's descriptions of firefighting work in national parks and of the bureaucracy of various organizations on public land was excellent. As always, the scenery was its own beautifully detailed character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 2/2/2014

    " Anna Pigeon, the forest ranger, is trapped by the fire with the rest of her crew and a dead body. The descriptions seemed very realistic. I have read a couple of these and this was the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlene Libby | 1/24/2014

    " This was the first of her books I read. I enjoyed it so much I went back & picked up the previous ones, & now eagerly await each new addition to the Anna Pigeon series. A true insider's view of our National Parks, I enjoy the different perspective on the parks we've visited, & an introduction to the ones we haven't. She really knows how to get your heart pounding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean Justice | 1/20/2014

    " Since we visited Lassen Volcanic National Park this summer, I especially enjoyed this book and could envision the scenes (and bubbling mud pots) vividly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 chris | 1/19/2014

    " As she's seen in her fourth spine-tingling adventure, it's hard to tell what impassions hard-nosed park ranger Anna Pigeon more?crime or grime. Fortunately, Barr (Ill Wind) has a flair for depicting both as she sets Anna to providing first aid for the crews fighting an especially nasty forest fire, probably caused by arson, in Northern California's Lassen Volcanic National Park. As if living intimately with strangers under stressful conditions weren't trouble enough, more problems flare when Anna and her EMTs must rescue a firefighter who has broken his leg. On their way back to camp, they are trapped in a firestorm?the most dangerous of all fire conditions. Anna is saved by her silver pup tent, or "shake 'n' bake," which she pulls over herself at the last minute as the fire dances on her back. One of the other medics isn't so lucky. Only it's not just bad luck. It's murder. The tension approaches unbearable when bad weather and destroyed roads trap Anna and the rest of her crew with the murderer in their midst. While Anna, with her compassion, toughness and abundant one-liners "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 1/15/2014

    " This one is a favorite of mine of Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon when it deals with survival of a winter fire. It had some twists and turns of excitement for a great page-turner. A must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charity | 1/14/2014

    " Entertaining and cinematic. Enjoyable, but my standards for mystery/thrillers have gone way up since The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo trilogy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 1/12/2014

    " One of Barr's better ones. Surprised I missed it years ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 1/10/2014

    " My Dad worked as a fire fighter when I was a kid - this book brought back memories of the yellow nomex shirts & green pants he had to wear - as well as the pulaski he kept in the garage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannine | 1/10/2014

    " Being a Californian, this one struck close to home. I learned a lot about back-country fire fighting in reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan Harrison | 12/23/2013

    " This was another good Nevada Barr selection of the Anna Pigeon Series. I have since read "Blind Pursuit," which was even better than Firestorm. If you've never read Nevada Barr, I recommend this series and it is worth while to go back to the very first one, written in the 1990's "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 12/21/2013

    " twisting mystery, graphic and humorous "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monique | 6/7/2013

    " I'm definitely getting more into these. This one was brilliant, again leaving me second guessing who-dun-it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lwalling | 4/19/2013

    " Library book. Kept my interest, didn't know the killer until the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bookman8 | 3/3/2013

    " A forest fire in a park in Nevada. This book seemed to go nowhere; too many characters moving in and out. I think it reinforces the fact that I'm not a big fan of mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marci | 9/3/2012

    " Did not like this one as much as previous books. Looking forward to rest of the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fiona | 3/2/2012

    " Cheesy but a fun read. I could easily relate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann Herbert | 2/11/2012

    " I like Anna Pigeon. I think I would enjoy her job, especially when she is dealing with animals in the wild. Wouldn't be so keen on getting caught in a fire storm or threatened by a killer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassie | 2/4/2012

    " Grand adventure and suspense with Anna Pigeon, intrepid park ranger working behind the lines as an EMT in a huge fire...thanks to a friend I have a whole stack of novels by Nevada Barr...what a great way to spend summer evenings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 8/2/2011

    " My first Anna Pigeon story and I liked the book very much. I like Anna. She feels real. I like the fact that Nevada Barr is a Park Ranger. She writes about Park Ranger experiences. I am a romantic-I think Nevada is Anna! She is having some exhilirating experiences. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 5/14/2011

    " A tense closed group puzzler, but it's a shame Lassen is just the backdrop as it's one of my favorite parks in California. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 5/5/2011

    " This is an OK book. A good summer mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Perlinda | 2/15/2011

    " I really am enjoying the Nevada Barr Anna Pigeon mysteries. They are somewhat similar but I love learning about the various National Parks. Anna Pigeon is a fun character. Although I envision her a little differently than she is described. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rcpgpugh | 1/26/2011

    " this is my favorite Nevada Barr book. It is a murder mystery, so don't expect great literature from it. But the descriptions of the fire, and being stranded really resonated with me. I have read this twice, and I still enjoyed it the second time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ayelet | 12/28/2010

    " I have a hard time picturing a world devoid of color and dimension but the story itself was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 12/28/2010

    " Another good Nevada Barr read. I enjoyed how Anna solved this mystery with outside but long distant help. The way emotions are described are, once again to the author's credit. Have started the next book and am continuing to enjoy the adventures of Anna Pigeon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 12/12/2010

    " One of my favorite books ever, by my favorite author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 QuesterMark | 11/6/2010

    " Anna's Ordeal is a little different in this one, and we get no sense of the wonder of a park. Read it, you'll see. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 10/30/2010

    " Since we visited Lassen Volcanic National Park this summer, I especially enjoyed this book and could envision the scenes (and bubbling mud pots) vividly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 10/29/2010

    " Excellent story. The firestorm adds to the tension, very well written "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirstin | 10/18/2010

    " The mystery itself was just too contrived and obvious, unfortunately. However, Barr's descriptions of firefighting work in national parks and of the bureaucracy of various organizations on public land was excellent. As always, the scenery was its own beautifully detailed character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Calli | 10/3/2010

    " As a forest fire-fighter, I really enjoyed this book. "

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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.