• Liberty Falling

  • An Anna Pigeon Mystery
  • By: Nevada Barr
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (489 ratings)

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Liberty Falling

By: Nevada Barr
Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
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Publisher's summary

Award-winning novelist Nevada Barr sends her remarkable sleuth, Ranger Anna Pigeon, to spectacular national parks to solve baffling crimes.

In Liberty Falling, Anna leaves the rugged countryside of Colorado to face the concrete wilds of New York City. As soon as she hears her older sister is gravely ill, Anna rushes to the Big Apple to sit at her bedside.

Between hospital visits, she relaxes at the park service quarters on Liberty Island and explores the crumbling ruins of Ellis Island, where thousands of immigrants once were processed. Rest escapes her, however, when a teenage girl mysteriously plunges to her death from the Statue of Liberty - and Anna herself suffers a dangerous tumble. The Park Service claims the falls could only be accidents, but Anna wonders if there is a common purpose behind them.

Nevada Barr's vivid descriptions and narrator Barbara Rosenblat's dramatic performance transport you to New York City to share in all the danger and the excitement.

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Just not up to par

I typically enjoy Nevada Barr stories with Ann Pigeon, but this one dragged for me. Too much of describing what she didn't like about New York, not enough to the plot. Much time was spent in the Hospital with her sister and former boyfriend...now interested in her sister. Only at the very end did any action get started. I love the reader, Ms. Rosenblatt.

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waste of time and money

What an endlessly boring and stupid book. Goes on forever with nothing happening of interest except excessive description. Forget this one!!

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Everything great except the cover picture

Loved everything about this book but felt the picture on the cover was misleading. The story has nothing to do with the Twin Towers falling as it appears the picture on the covers implies. I almost didn't listen to this book because of that but I'm glad I did.

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Re-read

A re-listen and as always enjoyed Rosenblatt's performance. Love Anna Pidgeon series even the second or third time around.

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Love the series and characters!

With every book, I read, or listen to, I am enjoying the series and characters, more and more. Highly recommend to others that enjoy mysteries, our national parks, and a flawed but very endearing protagonist.

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Liberty

This kept me interested all the way; from the facts of lady liberty, to the outstanding story!!!!

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Another good Anna Pigeon story

I don't know about you, but I make star reviews to remind myself which authors and narrators I do and don't like. I don't like being required to leave a text review in order to leave a star review. I hope Audible fixes this soon.

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Twisty

A very twisty book. Some family drama, then some other family drama. Good one.

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Two Pigeons in New York

Anna’s sister is sick so she flies to NYC to be with her. Her former FBI boyfriend shows up because he’s in love with her older sister. While exploring Liberty Island Park Anna stumbles into a conspiracy to murder and do a mass killing. Great series.

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Mystery and adventure on Ellis Island

If you have never read a book in the Anna Pigeon series, you are in for a treat. The books take place in various national parks and feature National Park Ranger, Ann Pigeon. Anna (40ish) is smart, hardworking, dedicated to the NPS and can be funny or caustic. “No wonder man was always out to conquer Nature, Anna thought. He can’t bear it that she doesn’t love him, or even hate him. She simply doesn’t give a damn." There is mystery, suspense, intrigue and fun in every book. In an ideal world you’d read them in order but I’ve jumped around based on 1) my interest in the park, 2) availability at the library.

In Liberty Falling (book 7, pub 2009) Anna is in her 14th year working for the NPS in New York City. She has taken time off because her older sister, Molly, is gravely ill and in a NYC hospital. Anna is staying on Ellis Island with a friend, also a NPS Ranger. She spends her free time learning the islands history and exploring. When she comes upon a teenager’s broken body at the foot of Lady Liberty, Anna is compelled to determine whether the girl fell or was pushed. Her investigation becomes even more critical when, a few days later, another ranger on the island is found dead, also at the statue’s base. Did he commit suicide after having been accused of pushing the teenaged girl or was he pushed? What other treachery lurks?

Part mystery, part adventure and, as always, there is a level of detail of the park that is fascinating. I especially enjoyed reading about the history of Ellis Island (I had no idea that there were surgical hospital on site). Although not my favorite, still ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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