Borderline : Anna Pigeon

  • by Nevada Barr
  • Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat
  • Series: Anna Pigeon
  • 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Agatha and Anthony Award winner Nevada Barr, New York Times best-selling author of Winter Study, enthralls millions with the exploits of roving park ranger Anna Pigeon. The killings on Isle Royale have left Anna drained and haunted, her memories of her time with the wolf study group forever marred by the carnage on the island. Diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, she is on administrative leave, per her superintendent's urging. Anna wonders if the leave might not be permanent, either by her own choice or that of the National Park Service.The one bright spot in Anna's life is Paul, her husband of less than a year. Hoping the warmth and the adventure of a raft trip in Big Bend National Park will lift her spirits, Paul takes Anna to southwest Texas, where the sun is hot and the Rio Grande is running high.The sheer beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert and the power of the river work their magic-until the raft is lost in the rapids and a young college student falls overboard, resulting in an even more grisly discovery. Caught in a strainer between two boulders and more dead than alive, is a pregnant woman, hair and arms tangled in the downed branches. Instead of the soul-soothing experience they'd longed for, Anna and Paul find themselves sucked into a labyrinth of intrigue that leads from the Mexican desert to the steps of the governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas.


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Customer Reviews

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Too Much of a Good Thing

I was thrilled to see a new Anna Pigeon novel on, so I immediately downloaded "Borderline". But after about half of Part 1 I am disappointed.

Usually the author mixes in good character development, history, and introspection with all the high danger scenes but this novel is way too heavy on the action/adventure stuff. The back-to-back descriptions of each micro-move are tedious and unnecessary, over the top, and just not believable for someone on medical leave for PTSD and I had to fast-forward through many of them.

Additionally the characters with whom Anna and her husband Paul share the rafting trip seem flat and uninteresting - but this group was their choice. They would have done better, and so would the novel, if they had gone with the "green and grey" group that would have had a little life history and experience to offer. This group just seemed adolescent and monochromatic.

I did like the switchback scenes to the local Texas political scene and thought that was handled well.

The scenes with Anna's shrink were the most interesting, and I also missed the telephone calls to Anna's shrink sister, Molly, that populated Barr's earlier novels.

I will give this one another chance, but in general I'd say give it a pass.

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- Pamela Harvey "glam"

Another hit

How Anna survives all the torture her creator puts her through is miraculous. That aside, another great story - I listen to them all as read by the best, Barbara Rosenblat.
One Flaw - reference to a John Deere Caterpillar is like calling a car a Honda Ford.
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- W.Denis

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-15-2009
  • Publisher: Recorded Books