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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,159 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nevada Barr Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Anna Pigeon Mysteries Release Date: November 2006 ISBN: 9781423300953
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It’s fall in the Sierra Mountains, and Anna Pigeon is slinging hash in Yosemite National Park’s historic Ahwahnee Hotel. Four young people, all seasonal park employees, have disappeared, and two weeks of work by crack search-and-rescue teams have failed to turn up a single clue; investigators are unsure as to whether the four went AWOL for reasons of their own - or died in the park. Needing an out-of-park ranger to work undercover, Anna is detailed to dining-room duty; but after a week of waiting tables, she knows the missing employees are only the first indications of a sickness threatening the park. Her twenty-something roommates give up their party-girl ways and panic; her new restaurant colleagues regard her with suspicion and fear. But when Anna’s life is threatened and her temporary supervisor turns a deaf ear, she follows the scent of evil, taking a solo hike up a snowy trial to the high country, seeking answers. What waits for her is a nightmare of death and greed - and perhaps her final adventure. "Barr’s trademark pleasures [are] evocative natural descriptions, mounting suspense, and Anna Pigeon’s never-say-die spirit." - Kirkus Reviews Download and start listening now!

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  • “Barr’s trademark pleasures [are] evocative natural descriptions, mounting suspense, and Anna Pigeon’s never-say-die spirit.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 2/19/2014

    " This book was pretty good. Nothing to write home about, but typical Nevada Barr. If you like the outdoors, it is a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 2/18/2014

    " I enjoy the Anna Pidgeon series - but this one was not my favorite. I thought the park descriptions were lacking, having been to Yosemite many times - although the high country details were clear enough. I enjoyed the center of this book the most, the beginning and end were somewhat choppy, the last few pages strange. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kath | 2/15/2014

    " I was disappointed by some basic inconsistencies in this Anna Pigeon volume. The plot itself was fine, but Anna seemed to put herself into more danger than realistic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carol | 2/9/2014

    " I read Nevada Barr only for the settings - National Parks. I could barely get through this one, but plodded on because I was in Yosemite at the time. What phony baloney characters, ridiculous plot (though based on fact), and totally implausible scenes. What was she smoking when she wrote this? "

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

    " I read this "out of sync" because I had to do with Yosemite, which I know well. It was fun to think back on the trails mentioned, as well as some of the issues facing Yosemite Valley. Besides the familiarity, the story was fun too! "

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

    " I enjoy the character of Anna Pigion, and I've been to Yosemite a few times. I really enjoyed the setting of the book is such a famous National Park. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Ann | 1/11/2014

    " I liked this a lot. It was a good mystery and great that the setting was a national park. I have two more of her books that I'm going to read now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 1/7/2014

    " Another great Nevada Barr book - Yosemite Park in California. Lots of action and twists and is always just great descriptive writing "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beatrice | 12/25/2013

    " A bit far-fetched but entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aponte83 | 12/23/2013

    " I love stories about strong women "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan | 12/13/2013

    " I may be somewhat jaded by having read a number of Nevada Barr's mysteries, but this one did not seem to have as complex or interesting a plot as the others I have read. Nevada Barr does have a way with words. She turns phrases at a level much better than most mystery series writers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vastacey | 12/1/2013

    " Barr's characters are fairly well developed and I always enjoy the setting of a national park. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 10/11/2013

    " Love the whole "series". Anna Pigeon is a great character and I love reading about the National Parks - especially ones I've been too. After a while the pacing gets predictable, but they make entertaining lighter reading, without being too graphic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Perlinda Shelton | 10/11/2013

    " Nevada Barr kept me guessing again. I thought I knew who the perp was but didn't find out until the end. This Anna Pigeon novel takes place in Yosemite and Anna is sent there from Mississippi to help with an investigation of four missing persons from the park. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 7/16/2013

    " Getting so that the only reason I read Barr's mysteries is to get background for visits to National Parks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 bookczuk | 5/12/2013

    " Anna Pigeon at 50 and in Yosemite undercover. Good car listening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon Robinson | 1/12/2013

    " Fun to read if you are in Yosemite, especially at the lodge. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Drayer | 12/14/2012

    " The AWESOME setting is Yosemite National Park and four young hikers are gone and presumed dead. The story is included with great descriptive writing and my memories of this beautiful area. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 9/14/2012

    " Anna Pigeon in Yosemite uncovers more than a planeload of marijuana. I am finding this series so interesting and I don't think it matters what order they read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rcpgpugh | 9/2/2012

    " All I know about Yosemite is in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 8/1/2012

    " Really fun read, especially if you've been to Yosemite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 6/20/2012

    " Not one of favorites. Anna's demeanor seems uncharacteristic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 4/29/2012

    " I enjoyed it as I do all of Anna Pigeon's books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/10/2012

    " Didn't have quite as much about the park as I was hoping for, but Barr's a good writer and she tells her story well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rickyjez | 9/30/2011

    " graphic, suspenseful, has a resolved ending "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 9/2/2011

    " I was a little dissappointed by this book. Having been to Yosemite many times, I felt maybe she hurried the research for this book. Her facts could have easily come from a short visit, brouchers and blogs. Her story lines are predictable so I want to be carried by the scenery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Perlinda | 4/28/2011

    " Nevada Barr kept me guessing again. I thought I knew who the perp was but didn't find out until the end. This Anna Pigeon novel takes place in Yosemite and Anna is sent there from Mississippi to help with an investigation of four missing persons from the park. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 4/13/2011

    " I like mysteries and enjoyed this book but sometimes I felt she overused adjectives. Sometimes descriptions were too complex and spoiled the flow of the story. "

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

    " Grade C+. Turns gory 1/2 way through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 2/9/2011

    " As usual, Nevada Barr kept me white-knuckled all the way through this book. Anna took quite a beating throughout this tale and I think I'm ready for her to go back to Mississippi and her wonderful husband for the next in the series. "

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

    " Getting so that the only reason I read Barr's mysteries is to get background for visits to National Parks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 1/2/2011

    " I enjoyed this mystery most for it's descriptions of Yosemite. Since we were there just before I started reading it, I could easily visualize the setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rcpgpugh | 12/31/2010

    " All I know about Yosemite is in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 12/27/2010

    " Not bad. A few editorial inconsistencies. But, I would rather not know about the seedy underbelly in my National Parks! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 11/16/2010

    " Another page turner. They are easy reads, but after a certain number of these, they become formulaic. One reason I keep reading them is that the setting are places I like. This one is in Yosemite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Swhe641200 | 9/13/2010

    " OTHSB Laura goes to claim her half of Fathers ranch. Fidn Aunt lied to herh about her parents, etc. Mac she is drawn to but miscommunication or no communication and honesty tells the tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 9/12/2010

    " I can see why Barr has been called the best outdoor mystery writer. Don't know how big that niche is, but she fills it with well-told tales. This was an ideal chaser to our recent trip to Yosemite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 8/31/2010

    " We should be as tough and smart in middle age as Anna Pigeon! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 8/30/2010

    " I enjoyed it as I do all of Anna Pigeon's books "

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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.