I'd say it was time well spent as I enjoy the work of Preston and Child, along with Scott Brick's above average narration. I wouldn't say this was my favorite in the series thus far (I'm listening to them all in order) but it wasn't a terrible read. I was able to predict much of the "surprise" of the story relatively early on. Whereas previous Pendergast books kept me on the edge with suspense, this story seemed to have me more focused on the character interaction since I was never really awed or intrigued by the storyline.
I enjoyed the interactions between Cory and Pendergast. I thought their relationship developed nicely and there was a certain amount of chemistry between the two that was enjoyable to follow along. The least interesting was, sadly, the story behind the killings. I thought it was not very suspenseful and while this is a book of fiction, I found myself being unable to suspend disbelief enough to truly enjoy it.
Without Scott Brick there's a good chance this book ends up as a 2 star for me. He does a great job of giving each character a unique voice, at least to me.
I'd go see it just because it is a Pendergast novel. I might not say I loved it afterwards, but I'd give it a try.
If you have listened to other Pendergast novels I'd say this one is a safe bet and worth the credit.
Yes, it was a good story with one of my favorite characters Agent Pendergast
...in rural Kansas? The ultimate 'outsider' FBI agent attempts to insert himself into a bizarre murder investigation which quickly develops into a serial killer scenario, but unlike any serial killer Pendergast has ever seen. And to make matters worse, the locals don't like him one bit.
This story kept me guessing until the end and Scott Brick's narration is perfect (as usual). If you're already a fan of the series, this book is definitely credit-worthy. And if this is your first Pendergast novel, it probably won't be your last.
Vacationing in the Kansas corn belt, FBI Inspector Pendergast enlists the aid of a young Goth to show him the local sites. Oh, yes, and to, by the way, solve a string of ghastly murderers. Good read, even though I did figure out the mystery. (I don't usually) No one can unravel a "twisted" mystery quite so spectacularly as Preston & Child. And this one is truly twisted.
I really enjoyed the new setting and getting to know some new characters that will continue on in books to come. I found the small town refreshing and fearfully familiar. Good work.
Agent Pendograst is certainly a man to have around if you're in a spot of bother. I was tempted to label this review "Agent Pendograst, we need you in Australia !"
In the course of his duties his mildly mannered small town sherrif is convincingly able to pluck the innocent from the jaws of death, confront derranged psychopaths, comfort the derranged, negotiate a subterranean cavern (of almost Lord of the Rings proportions) all in the interests of restoring the peace. He also visits a true life abbatoir which is just as macabre as the lair of the psychopath, especially if you happen to be a turkey.
Something about this story was compelling enough to hold my interest. In earlier times I might have recoiled at the violence and gruesomely executed murders. Amazingly none of the Americans prior to the denoument of the story, were carrying guns, when they might have been a useful defence against attack. Something they would unfortunately live to regret.....
Scott Brick's voice adapted itself perfectly to the narrative, very sincere, very musical, and very sherrif like when the occasion called.
There are many gothic elements in the story, the most obvious being the old house alive with secrets and memories, and elsewhere, Victorian reppression, and an unimaginable evil that has been allowed to run rampant, which must inevitably be confronted.
"Still Life with Crows" was an enthralling listen, made credible by the coolness and calm of its leading character. The story would be suited to anyone who loves mysteries and fabulous narration. It has inspired me to listen to others in this series.
This is the second Pendergast book that I've listened to on audio, and have to say Scott Brick was made for this one. The narration was excellent, adding so much to the book itself, which I loved.
The character development in this series can't be beat. You might become close to a particular character, and poof, they become a victim to the villain of the day. That's one thing I like about these books, they are unpredictable. And Pendergast himself, is one of the most intriguing main men, that I've ever read about. You just can't quite figure out his story, and what he's all about, so you go from book to book, trying to find the answer.
Well worth the listen!
Addicted to audio books.
Scary, interesting, great characters.
I like Scott Brick, I enjoy his voice. I enjoy the other narrator of the series as well and became accustomed to Rene but Scott is always good.
The cornfield and road scene.
I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha
I never buy printed books if I can help it.
I particularly appreciated the ending that showed compassion for the poor villian. That I was not expecting.
the young teenage character that hooked up with Pendergast
no but you might add get scared of the dark to that question.
This book seems to be setting some new material for future writing. And I have no problem with that. It was still filled with mystery & intrigue none-the-less & I enjoyed it
This book is for someone who is solely interested and in a gruesome murder mystery and an unexpected ending even if that ending makes no sense.
Never again, I really liked Pendergast and had stuck with him through the first few books but the way this ended I have no desire to give him another try.
Scott Brick did a great job with nuanced southern accents and made you believe that you were listening to residents of a small town in Kansas.
Either completely change the ending, or have some foreshadowing earlier to make the resolution of the story make sense.
I very much enjoyed the first half to three quarters of the book. Agent Pendergast is an interesting character who is some kind of cross between Sherlock Holmes and Agent Cooper from Twin Peaks. The initial investigation of the murders in Still Life with Crows starts out as an excellent murder mystery but it completely comes off the rails around the conclusion.
When the killer was revealed it was not someone that had been associated with the book in any way yet all of the set up and exposition after the finale treated it as though it there was some logic behind the events. This seemed like the authors did not know how they had planned on ending the book and haphazardly threw together the first ending they could come up that would be unexpected to the reader without considering whether or not it would fit with the rest of book. I feel confident that no reader expected the ending that came, however I also feel confident that I was not the only reader who thought this was an extremely unsatisfying conclusion to a book that I had been enjoying up to that point.