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Still Life with Crows Audiobook

Still Life with Crows: A Novel

For the first time in unabridged audio! A small Kansas town has turned into a killing ground. Is it a serial killer, a man with the need to destroy? Or is it a darker force, a curse upon the land? Amid golden cornfields, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers evil in the blood of America's heart.
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Publisher's Summary

For the first time in unabridged audio!

A small Kansas town has turned into a killing ground. Is it a serial killer, a man with the need to destroy? Or is it a darker force, a curse upon the land? Amid golden cornfields, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers evil in the blood of America's heart.

©2004 Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child (P)2011 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"As usual, Preston and Child deftly mix the real and the surreal, creating an atmosphere in which everything, for reasons we can't quite nail down, seems a tad off-kilter. Call it creeping paranoia, perhaps, or the dreadful certainty that something awful is about to happen. Whatever you call it, it's a recipe for success." (Booklist)

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    Janice Budd Canada 08-13-12
    Janice Budd Canada 08-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Leaves a lasting impression"

    It's official. I want to see Tommy Lee Jones play the role of Pendergast in the movie... if there's a movie.

    Oh, right. People want to read a review of the book, not my choice for actors to play the characters....

    It has all the elements that make for a good mystery, including the gruesome quotient and the hint of possible super natural elements. It kept me awake on the long drive home. I doubt it will keep me awake at night though. We don't have any corn fields around here.

    Scott Brick does an excellent job of giving each character his/her own voice. I think I've fallen in love with Pendergrast just because of Scott Brick's voice.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    GigiD. 08-13-12
    GigiD. 08-13-12 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Forced me to buy all of the Preston & Childs !!"
    Where does Still Life with Crows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Scale of 1-10, an 11


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I enjoy his performances, especially Pendergast.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    too spooky to laugh or cry but certainly a few chuckles


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John W. Wilcox Tampa, FL USA 08-10-12
    John W. Wilcox Tampa, FL USA 08-10-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Chilling"
    What made the experience of listening to Still Life with Crows the most enjoyable?

    Although I was disappointed by the predictable ending, this is another good example of Preston and Childs ability to chill you to the bone with edge of the seat, can't turn it off writing. They have become two of my favorites writers.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Still Life with Crows?

    The adventures in the cave.


    Which character ??? as performed by Scott Brick ??? was your favorite?

    Scott makes them all come alive.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A small town meets itself.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Greg 08-07-12
    Greg 08-07-12 Member Since 2009

    Main interests are crime, some science fiction, fantasy & comedy. Also very interested in playback hardware for audio books.

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    "Another frightening, intriguing tale"

    Preston & Child do it again; a complex story with all their usual background of historic understanding & folklore, coupled with their amazing combined imagination. It is another which is difficult to put down once started. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Randy Murfreesboro, TN, United States 08-07-12
    Randy Murfreesboro, TN, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2002
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    "You always get hooked on Agent Pentagrass."

    Enjoyed this volume. I just wish it had a better lead to the next.
    Why did the Monster grow so big and get his skills?

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    karen LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, United States 08-06-12
    karen LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, United States 08-06-12
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    "Riveting Mystery"
    Where does Still Life with Crows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the best, not as compelling as the Millenium Trilogy, but very good. The plot was far fetched at times, but still quite enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I particularly enjoyed the main character, Agent Pendergast. He is a compelling individual who helps maintain interest in the story itself. Also, the setting, rural Kansas, was unique and a powerful backdrop as the plot developed.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Scott Brick is awesome!! His portrayal of all the characters, but especially of Pendergast truly brought each of them to life. He is actually the best narrator I have heard.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending was somewhat moving, but I don't want to give away any events.


    Any additional comments?

    The story itself stretched the limits of believability, but was nonetheless, well thought out and well written. If a person enjoys a good mystery as I do, I recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ralph Cape Elizabeth, ME, United States 08-06-12
    Ralph Cape Elizabeth, ME, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Surprise for you at the ending"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Still Life with Crows to be better than the print version?

    never read the book but the audio would get my recommendtions


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Pendergast is an intriguing character and it is fun to listen to how the author spins the story around his unique style.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    many and this one is very good. i would listen to anything by Scott.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Derrick United States 08-04-12
    Derrick United States 08-04-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Well written and narrated!"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm usually not a big fan of murder mysteries but decided to give this a listen because of all the rave reviews. I was not disappointed. This is probably one of my favorite audio books thus far. My two major requirements are a fast pace (to keep my attention) and good narration. This book has both, along with an interesting plot. I will definitely continue to listen to other books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Madison, OH, United States 08-03-12
    Brenda Madison, OH, United States 08-03-12 Member Since 2010

    brenwalt

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    "A "grownup" scary story for the campfire"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Light listening. Doesn't require focused attention. Constant action. Shallow plot. Would remain neutral re. recommending.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The connection of the murderer to the town


    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s voice?

    Disappointing this time.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Usually Scott Brick can make a recipe interesting but not with this book. His interpretation of the characters didn't seem to match the personalities described by the author. Good thing Scott Brick is my absolute favorite reader so it is possible to overlook his performance with this book. This book seems to be an "adult scary story" that would be told around a campfire on a camping trip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DCinMI Fairview, MI 07-20-12
    DCinMI Fairview, MI 07-20-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Couldn't Stop Listening"

    Warning: Don't start listening to this book if you have anything else to do for the next 16 hours. It grabbed my attention right away, and I hated to pause it even to go to the bathroom or fix something to eat.

    I could not even begin to guess what was going on until just before it was revealed. There were a lot of surprise twists, but there was no "cheating." In other words, there were a few times when I thought, "What the heck? I thought that...Oh! I see."

    I loved the main character, Special Agent Pendergast. I have a fondness for protagonists who are unruffled and do what they have to do no matter what obstacles are thrown in their way.

    I had never read anything by these authors before, but I will be looking for more. Scott Brick was excellent as always. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes edge-of-the-seat thrillers/mystery/detective stories.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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