"Barr paints a luminous picture of the geography and the people of the Natchez Trace. Anna is a delight." ( Library Journal)
"Narrator Barbara Rosenblat turns in the virtuoso performance that listeners have come to expect. She distinctly renders the Deep South accents of whites and blacks; men and women; old, middle-aged, and juveniles." ( AudioFile)
"The novel offers the same strengths as its predecessors: vivid prose, a surprising plot, and a cast of sympathetic, well-rounded characters, both series regulars and a new crew of rangers and locals. There are some new pleasures as well: Barr effectively captures the beauty and menace of nature below the Mason Dixon Line and provides thoughtful insights into teens, race, and the Civil War." ( Booklist)
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By CantVal on 25-07-08
Another excellent and evocative book
Nevada Barr's books about Anna Pigeon are an excellent series and deserve to be more widely known. Her evocation of place is lyrical and the characters are well drawn, humanly flawed and you care what happens to them. If you have not read any of her books before this would not be a bad place to start although you will be reading them out of sequence. The narration is excellent and added to my enjoyment of the book.
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By Internet Shopper on 17-10-10
Narrator'w Swallowing Very Distracting
I like the Nevada Barr series. They are easy listening and don't compare to Michael Connelly or John Sandford, but if you know this, you don't expect the same level of plot and characters. Unfortunately this book is set in the south and since I am a recent transplant to the south, unfortunately I find it fairly accurate. What really bothered me, though, was the narrator's constant swallowing and breath intakes. It sounded like her throat was very dry and she needed water. It was distracting, especially the swallowing which bordered on grossness. It was an effort to continue to listen to the book to the finish. I will certainly sample the audio of any books Rosenblat narrates before purchasing.
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By Andy on 04-09-06
Great sense of place
I really like books that transport you to their setting. I felt like I had spent quite a few hours in sweaty Mississippi by the time I had finished this book. Really good writing on the critical scenes where she is attacked ( I don’t think that is giving much away). Anna is an intriguing character and she has a lot to learn as a manager which is very entertaining.
The down side is that I did not really feel convinced by the motive of the villain and the final resolution of the plot but I enjoyed the journey and didn’t feel to let down by the weakish ending on the whodunit front because Anna’s personal story is more interesting and leads somewhere more credible.
I am looking forward to the next one but how I wish Audible made the sequence of a series a bit clearer.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful