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Still Life: A Novel | [Joy Fielding]

Still Life: A Novel

Beautiful, happily married, and the owner of a successful interior design business, Casey Marshall couldn't be more content with her life, until a car slams into her at almost 50 miles an hour, breaking nearly every bone in her body and plunging her into a coma. Lying in her hospital bed, Casey realizes that although she is unable to see or communicate, she can hear everything.
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Beautiful, happily married, and the owner of a successful interior design business, Casey Marshall couldn't be more content with her life, until a car slams into her at almost 50 miles an hour, breaking nearly every bone in her body and plunging her into a coma.

Lying in her hospital bed, Casey realizes that although she is unable to see or communicate, she can hear everything. She quickly discovers that her friends aren't necessarily the people she thought them to be - and that her accident might not have been an accident at all. As she struggles to break free from her living death, she begins to wonder if what lies ahead could be even worse.

©2009 Joy Fielding; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Fielding is a masterful writer." (Romantic Times Book Club)
"Fielding is a master of anticipation and knows how to create a labyrinth of tension, never providing an exit until the very last page." (The Globe and Mail)

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    Erin Cornelius, NC, United States 03-05-09
    Erin Cornelius, NC, United States 03-05-09 Member Since 2008

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    "I Stayed Up ALL Night Listening To This One..."

    This book certainly made me rethink my Health Care Proxy & I sure didn't feel like my time had been wasted with this book. Joy Fielding gripped me right in the first chapter and got right to it.

    A very descriptive and seductive story line I felt the rage, anger, anxiety, loss of control and the sadness of the whole situation. It wasn't obvious who the good and bad were until the second part of the book and that's when it REALLY gets good. I seriously wanted to kick some ass at the end. The narrater was pretty impressive which made the listen extra enjoyable.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    M. D. Barnicke Belleghem Burlington, ON Canada 10-20-09
    M. D. Barnicke Belleghem Burlington, ON Canada 10-20-09 Member Since 2007

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    "Can You Imagine Yourself"

    For those who can imagine themselves in the place of the heroine this is a thought provoking book. Having been deeply influences by the gossip and lies of people who posed as trustworthy I felt the sense of awakening awareness and fear portrayed by the plot. I recommend this book to those who like to think about what they would do in circumstances others experience.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lynne Charlotte, NC, USA 04-26-09
    Lynne Charlotte, NC, USA 04-26-09
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    "A very interesting story line"

    This book really makes you think about what happens when someone is not conscious... Can we really comprehend what is going on around us? I liked the story line very much and narrator did a pretty good job of going from character to character. I recommend giving it a listen - probably not one I'll listen to repeatedly, but worth it nonetheless.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Demetra Orofino, ID, United States 03-23-10
    Demetra Orofino, ID, United States 03-23-10 Member Since 2006
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    "thought it would never end!"

    I read the reviews on this book, which were mixed, and decided to give it a shot because the idea for the story was very interesting. It could have been a great story but the main character (casey) was disgustingly perfect in every way and her sister was so annoying I could hardly stand it. The story kept jumping back to fill in background on casey's life and I kept fast forwarding through it. It was very predicatable, disappointing and in some parts just plain annoying. Thanks to the ability to fast forward, I did manage to finish listening just because I wanted to see how casey got out of her predicament.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    rosalee riesel, TX, United States 05-26-09
    rosalee riesel, TX, United States 05-26-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Could not turn it off."

    I just did not want to ever turn it off. It kept my attention untill the very end.

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    Deborah Ham Lake, MN, United States 07-04-12
    Deborah Ham Lake, MN, United States 07-04-12 Member Since 2008
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    "This book put ME into a coma"

    I should have been smart enough to realize that a book where the main character is in a coma through the whole thing would be boring...unfortunately I thought I'd give it a try. Another book that makes me wish we could get our money back. It was so boring. I did want to find out how it ended but it was so boring to get to....it dragged on and on and on....similar to being in a coma. First I set my Ipod on 2x speed so I'd get through it faster. Then I started fast forwarding and then listening, fast forwarding and then listening. Soon I was skipping ahead without even fast forwarding. I would have just ditched it but I wanted to know how it ended. I think I got this one on a sale, I've got to stop doing that.

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    Jane LIBBY, MT, United States 05-03-11
    Jane LIBBY, MT, United States 05-03-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Interesting"

    The story line is interesting but once you know "whodunit" it becomes slow. But the thought of "being a fly on the wall" when others are talking about you is intriguing.

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    Linda Austin, TX, United States 02-03-10
    Linda Austin, TX, United States 02-03-10
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    "Less than I expected"

    This book was not very well written. The dialog was silly and predictable sometimes and the narrator was dreadful. Would not recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jill Littleton, CO, USA 06-01-09
    Jill Littleton, CO, USA 06-01-09 Member Since 2001
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    "painfully trite dialogue"

    Reading the other reviews, and the synopsis of this book I was very intrigued and had high expectations. Sadly, I have to say this book was one step below the worst soap opera I've ever seen. The dialogue was downright juvenile at times, and the characters barely believable. Big disappointment..don't waste your time.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    laura Eugene, OR, United States 05-21-14
    laura Eugene, OR, United States 05-21-14 Member Since 2011

    I am a fiber artist and teacher. I love moderate action, plot twists, diverse characters and much romance.

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    "Good Enough To Replace Stolen CDS!"

    I was about a third of the way into listening to a set of CDs my friend loaned me when my car got broken into and the thief stole the CDS (HA! S/he only got half the book I had taken some into the house!). Anyhow, there I was trying to decide if it was worth a credit to get it on audible. I thought it might be too silly, but I am glad I did. It was well narrated and suspenseful. A good twist on the thriller genre, and not gory at all. I can't really say much more for fear of spoiling. A good listen; well worth a credit even if you only need half of it!

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