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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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    Kathi Davis 09-17-11
    Kathi Davis 09-17-11 Member Since 2008
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    "One of my favorites."

    This is one of my favorite Pendergast novles, lots of suspense and when you you get to the end you think "Why did I not see that?" I love Scott Brick as a narritor (he really is one of my favorites) but I think Rene Auberjonois and his portrayal as Pendergast is better.

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    Kathryn Baxter, MN, United States 09-16-11
    Kathryn Baxter, MN, United States 09-16-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Listen"

    This is the first Preston and Child book I have listened to and it is also the first time I found myself jumping at shadows and peeking around corners because of an odd sound. You are at the edge of your seat within minutes of listening and the characters became personal to me within a few chapters, a first key of great storywriting and Scott Brick ( not my first time listening to) brings the storywriting alive with the storytelling.
    Creepy, eerie, funny and real, the story is easy to picture as it is being told wrapping you up in the puzzle ( if not trying to figure it out before being told) The only drawback is sometimes ( I have since read 2 other P and C books) the endings can get a little drawn out leaving the listener to roll their eyes and say outloud get on with it already.
    BUT! This is a definate great book to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Carole Park, Australia 09-12-11
    Jan Carole Park, Australia 09-12-11 Listener Since 2006

    Love Books and listen while working out and on the way to and from work

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    "Still a good listen"

    The ending is a bit weak but the rest of the book is very enjoyable. It is very well narrated.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Lovejoy 09-01-11
    Lovejoy 09-01-11
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    "Disappointed"

    I have read most of the Pendergast series, which I love. I was disappointed in this book and story. Not nearly enough character development and I missed many of the other characters that often appear in the Pendergast series. Scott Brick is a fantastic reader and did an great job.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline 08-07-11
    Jacqueline 08-07-11

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Missing Rene Auberjonois- the ONLY Pendergast"

    While it was great to finally get this book in full, unabridged format- a big mistake in choice of narrator. Scott Brick is awful as Pendergast, and doesn't come close to the wonderful voice of Auberjonois -who brings Pendergast to life. The story is really good, and of course keeps up the suspense to the end, but I struggled to get past the voice. I would have given this book a 5 star rating if not for the narration- - -

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Courtney 07-28-11
    Courtney 07-28-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Superb"

    I wasn't sure if I wanted to buy the same book, although considerably longer, again. However DP and LC have never let me down. The vivid description of the land (who new corn could be described so eloquently) and the off beat motley group of characters, narrated by the man behind the curtain the Great Oz himself, Scott Brick was brilliant.

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    Emily 09-09-12
    Emily 09-09-12 Member Since 2015
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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.

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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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