Hard Truth : Anna Pigeon

  • by Nevada Barr
  • Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat
  • Series: Anna Pigeon
  • 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Nevada Barr continues her award-winning Anna Pigeon series with this riveting mystery that features the puzzling plot twists, deft characterizations, and sparkling dialogue that have become Barr's trademarks, and which her ever-growing fan base can't get enough of.Anna and Sheriff Paul Davidson are married only three days before Anna moves from Mississippi to Colorado. Her mettle is immediately tested as the new district ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park. Three young girls have gone missing, and when only two return a month later, wearing filthy undergarments and bearing deep psychological scars, the signs point to a mysterious religious organization that guards its secrets closely. As a palpable sense of evil casts its shadow over the park, Anna puts her life on the line to discover the truth behind the disappearances.


What the Critics Say

"Noted for her precise plotting and atmospheric descriptions of nature, Barr again proves her skill in putting believable characters in peril against a backdrop of breathtaking scenery." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Terrific Book, Annoying Reader

Ah, but I do love a truly diabolical villian. Nevada Barr is at the top of her game with this book, set this time in Rocky Mountain National Park. Anna, as usual, takes a licking but solves the mystery and brings the villian to justice. The writing was top notch with believable dialogue and well drawn characters. And, also as usual, the author kept me guessing the identity of the villian until Anna figured it out. My love for Anna Pigeon continues and the book gets 5 stars.
The reader, on the other hand, was overblown and regularly ignored cues from the author as to how dialogue should be delivered. Ms. Rosenblat read with an embellishment more suited to a group of school children than an adult audience of one. Nevada Barr is such a talented writer she needs no such embellishment. The villian was described as taking on several affects, but the reader made little or no distinction within the character. A sentence described by the author as if each word were a distinct and separate sentence was delivered as conversationally as any other. Phrases described as harsh or pointed or snappy were everything but. And I agree with another reviewer that mouth noises, as well pronounced intakes of breath, were very annoying. I've read this entire series in hard copy until now; I'll probably go back to hard copy going forward.
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- Dawn

Angst Redux

Please understand -- I love Nevada Barr's books: I am mesmerized by the descriptions of the National Parks to which she is sent; I am fascinated by the characters she creates -- usually very timely and timeless; I identify with the difficulties her (and my) aging costs.
For a first time reader I think her books would be fascinating, illuminating, exciting and a multitude of other "ing"s. But I've read them all. At this point I'm almost ready for a description of Anna's and Paul's honeymoon someplace very unexciting. After all Anna Pigeon's near-death experiences I wonder what part of her body remains scarless; how she retains the energy to go to yet another National Park to await further indigities to her body and soul; when does she get the time to speak to her sister to have her explain the latest weirdness of the moment.
Applause for the insight into the "handicapped"ed psyche's, the publicity for the "handicamp", of which many might not have been aware, the emphasis on the importance of helper dogs such as "Wylie", and the damange that can be done by well-meaning god-fearing souls.
I couldn't stop listening, but I'm a fan and not that discerning a listener.
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- Judie Cosentino "judieink"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-25-2005
  • Publisher: Recorded Books