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3.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 5 3.48 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nevada Barr Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 ISBN:
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Anna Pigeon has been a ranger with the National Park Service for many years, but she had a very different life before tragedy sent her west seeking something new. Now Nevada Barr finally tells the previously untold story of Anna's first foray into the wild, and the case that helped shape her into the ranger she became.

Thirty-five years old, fresh off the bus from New York City, and nursing a shattered heart, Anna Pigeon takes a decidedly unglamorous job as a seasonal employee of the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. On her day off, she goes hiking into the park never to return. Her co-workers think she's simply moved on - her cabin is cleaned out and her things gone. Anna herself wakes up, trapped at the bottom of a dry natural well, naked, without supplies and no clear memory of how she got into this situation. As she slowly pieces together her memory, it soon becomes clear that someone has trapped her there, in an inescapable prison, and that no one knows that she is even missing. Plunged into a landscape and a plot she is unfit and untrained to handle, Anna Pigeon must muster the courage, strength, and will to live that she didn't even know she still possessed in order to survive, outwit, and triumph.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb | 2/13/2014

    " I was really disappointed in this "prequel" to the Anna Pigeon series. Anna's husband Zach has been killed so Anna takes a job as a seasonal park employee at Dangling Rope, a park on Lake Powell. As the book opens Anna is just regaining consciousness and is discovering that she is being held prisoner at the bottom of a "solution hole" - a natural vertical cave. How did she get there? Who is trying to kill her? Why? Since this takes place before all the other books, you know from the get-go that she will be rescued. The remainder of the novel describes the investigation into the incident. The main reason that I didn't like this book very much was that I really didn't like Anna. She's so reserved and private, that there is no reason to get interested in her as a character. I also didn't "get" the motivations of the "bad guys." I'm glad that I've read most of the other books in the series, because I would not be inspired to read on, if this was my only introduction to Anna Pigeon. "

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

    " Love how Anna Pigeon started out! Makes me appreciate those who keep Lake Powell clean as well! "

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

    " Outstanding prequel to the Anna Pigeon stories! I especially liked that Anna, fresh from a career in NYC as a stage manager, saw so much of her new environment in comparison to the theater. Great story, excellently read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary | 1/31/2014

    " Nevada Barr rewinds to the beginning of the story and tells us how Anna Pigeon's career as a ranger began. As usual, she does a disturbingly good job of showing us the depths of people's evil to other people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie Kraemer | 1/30/2014

    " Good, goes back to Anna's earliest days in the forrest service "

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

    " I have read all of the Anna Pigeon novels. This book goes back to BEFORE Anna became a National Park Service law enforcement officer. I hope no summer seasonal has to deal with the amount of violence that happens to Anna, but the story kept me interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Genie | 1/19/2014

    " Great book, I really enjoyed it. Explained a lot about the way Anna Pigeon is in her later life (but earlier books). Interesting mystery and with the usual interesting information about parks,the environment and the National Park Service. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 1/14/2014

    " Not nearly as much violence in this "prequel" as in the later Anna Pigeon books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don Gorman | 12/30/2013

    " I think it fell into the old girlfriend theory: I remember these stories as better than they were. Some good intensity but overall just not that great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shawn | 12/29/2013

    " This was my first Nevada Barr book and most likely my last. There was a lot of rambling on and on in the first half of the book. The second half the action picks up a little at least. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shellie Jeffries | 12/24/2013

    " I wasn't sure I'd enjoy reading about Anna Pigeon before she became Anna Pigeon, but this book did what no other book has done for a long time: keep my awake reading waaaaay past my bedtime. An exciting page-turner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 11/16/2013

    " How it all started for Anna Pigeon. I have read all the books in this series and they all get 5 stars from me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesliebasney | 11/12/2013

    " Best Anna Pigeon book in quite a while. I was about to give up on her "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Walt | 10/13/2013

    " Nevada Barr is a famous mystery/ suspense author. There is little to say except the scenery is fascinating, the chapters are short and easily read. The plot is a little predictable especially after she sets up the audience to look suspiciously at certain characters. An enjoyable quick read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marjorie Wilkey | 9/16/2013

    " Did not like this episode at all. Too violent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori Nelson | 7/28/2013

    " This prequel to her Anna Pigeon series is as far fetched as the books that follow. Their redeeming value lies in the portrayal of the various national parks in which the mysteries occur. This Utah park isn't portrayed as one I would like to visit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 7/18/2013

    " I'm usually not much for the prequel, but it was nice to see how Anna got her start with the park service. It was especially nice to see the snake killer got what was coming!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joanne | 6/29/2013

    " Found this book too choppy and disconnected. Frustrating as I'd really liked the other Nevada Barr books and enjoyed both the Anna Pigeon character and getting to experience National Parks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda McMahon | 6/29/2013

    " Nice to read about how Anna Pigeon's career with NPS began -- and in true form for her, it wasn't easy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 5/31/2013

    " This book is a typical Nevada Barr book which takes place on Lake Powell in northern Arizona. I enjoyed the read but think the characters could have been a little more fully developed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evalyn | 4/28/2013

    " Nevada Barr goes back to the beginning of Anna Pigeon and the National Park Service with this one. Seems a little grittier than some but Anna remains a likeable protagonist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mairzydoatz | 3/10/2013

    " I have read all of the books in this series. This was good, but slow in places. It still leaves gaps in Anna's story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/19/2013

    " This was a page turner from beginning to end!! "

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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.