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Still Life with Crows: A Novel | [Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child]

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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    Emily 09-09-12
    Emily 09-09-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting"
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    This was my first child/preston novel and I liked it. The main character Pendergrast is very interesting. Had to skip past some of the more gory details of the murders but other than that it was a good mystery. Well written.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    anniepaints Idaho USA 08-03-11
    anniepaints Idaho USA 08-03-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Don't care any more!"

    I got about half way through this novel when I decided I just don't care to listen any longer. I had not come even close to understanding the plot. The deal breaker for me is Scott Brick as the narrator, I find his southern accent in this novel so phoney and pretentious that I just could not stand to hear another word.

    7 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    G Matt Seongnam, Korea (South) 10-19-13
    G Matt Seongnam, Korea (South) 10-19-13
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    "Entertaining. Preston and Child can write!"

    This was a well-researched and enjoyable listen. These guys know how to tell a story and the main character - Pendergast - is intriguing. Narration by Scott Brick is first-rate, as usual.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G.Monie Queens, NY, United States 07-09-13
    G.Monie Queens, NY, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2015

    " I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.

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    "Great stand alone book for Pendergast fans"

    There is the Diogenes series, the series involved with searching for his wife's killer, two original books introducing Relic/Reliquary, & a couple books that involved friends of XP... but this particular book is as close as a stand alone book involving our favorite funeral director dressed FBI officer from N.O. This book is not only a great tale, its a bit of a let down that one of Pendergasts later novels uses the formula of the killer in 'Still Life' to create a later killer.

    This book introduces a Corrie who ends up being a character we like from this small town being terrorized by an unknown killer. After all the books that are in this series I look back & see that this is the top 3 easily in overall quality & also narration, although Rene is much better than Brick, Brick is much better than the two different narrators for Relic & Reliquary.

    If for some reason u have not read this book & u enjoy a good mystery... This is an excellent one!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mb 07-08-13
    mb 07-08-13
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    "interesting Characters!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Character development is important to me in a book. The Characters in this book were very real and interesting. A very good read.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Love Scott Brick!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffery T. Harris 06-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Maybe a Calm Before the Storm"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have listened to other Pendergast novels I'd say this one is a safe bet and worth the credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    B. Skaggs United States 05-24-13
    B. Skaggs United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Pendergast in Kansas"
    Would you listen to Still Life with Crows again? Why?

    Yes, it was a good story with one of my favorite characters Agent Pendergast


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Agent Pendergast


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

    The Sheriff


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RH BRENTWOOD, TN, United States 05-15-13
    RH BRENTWOOD, TN, United States 05-15-13
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    "Agent Pendergast takes a vacation..."

    ...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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Canaan, NH, United States 05-03-13
    Andrea Canaan, NH, United States 05-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Another excellent Pendergast"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kairiin Montreal, Quebec, Canada 04-24-13
    Kairiin Montreal, Quebec, Canada 04-24-13
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    "Great location pick"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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