Deep South : Anna Pigeon

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

Publisher's Summary

Nevada Barr's award-winning mystery series captivates fans with vividly drawn wilderness settings and the resourceful sleuth, middle-aged park ranger Anna Pigeon. Deep South portrays Anna boldly confronting hostile teenagers, suspicious locals, and a resentful "old-boy" network as she struggles to solve a gruesome murder. Anna leaves behind her beloved Mesa Verde to take on a position as district park ranger of the Mississippi Natchez Trace Parkway. Once there she faces an angry staff that refuses to work with a woman supervisor. But she pushes that difficulty aside when she stumbles over the body of a teenage girl, shrouded in a hood reminiscent of the KKK. As Anna searches for the truth amidst lies and evasions, she discovers the overgrown woods, thick with kudzu, hold dark secrets that can only lead to violence. Nevada Barr draws on her own experience as a ranger on the Natchez Trace Parkway to create believable situations. Barbara Rosenblat transports you to the Mississippi countryside to feel the sultry heat and smell the heady scents.

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What the Critics Say

"Barr produces another suspenseful and highly atmospheric mystery, illuminated even in this new setting by her trademark lyricism in writing about the natural world." (Publishers Weekly)
"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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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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- Internet Shopper

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.
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- Andy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-22-2004
  • Publisher: Recorded Books