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.
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!
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.
ALL THE AUDIOBOOKS?!? I've been listening to audiobooks for years, so it's difficult to actually rank a book unless it's in a specific category. I would say that this ranks in the top 50 that I've read in the last twelve months.
When the reader realizes what the malevolent creature that is perpetrating the crimes actually is!
When the mother and son come together and recite the nursery rhymes! Chilling!!
Not necessarily, but I could have done so.
LOVE Scott Brick!!!!
Compelling, somewhat predicatble
The introduction of Corrie Swanson. I had listened to 'Two Graves' prior to this, and had no idea where this character came from, Also, her father had a different name in 'Two Graves' than the one used in 'Still Life...'
Excellent, as always. I started this series with Rene Auberjonis, and considered him the penultimate Pendergast... until I heard Scott Brick in Brimstone. Now, I will only listen to the Pendergast books narrated by Scott or Rene. Preference to Scott.
It might have been, except I use my audiobooks for travel, keeps me engaged on the road.
This too was sitting in my Wish List for a while because of the good ratings and feedback. Yet I tend to enjoy the mystery - crime stories more, this seemed to be more of a mystery - horror story. One day I downloaded it and was VERY HAPPY and I hung on this story to the end. It was really good! The beginning started off a bit slow for me, but it was setting up the story. It is worth the read - a good, mysterious, fast moving book that I surprisingly enjoyed! It even had police-crime mixed in with the horror. Not stupid horror either; which I can't tollerate. If your thinking about this story - just go for it!
Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.
If you're in the mood for a little fantasy mixed with a murder mystery, then start listening. Even though this is #4 in the "Pendergast" series, it is easy to slip into the story as it takes place halfway across the country from the 1st three and evolves a different kind of monster. Only Pendergast is the same.
The story kept me interested & Scott Brick is the best as narrator. Any familiarity with Preston & Child books & one knows what to expect. A good story with enough imagination that the reader needs to suspend belief in order to follow the breadcrumb trail of clues to the murderer.
First time with a Preston and Child book and it really didn't do it for me. I guess I like my stories more believeable. The best that I can say is it was read beautifully by Scott Brick.