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Still Life with Crows Audiobook

Still Life with Crows: A Novel

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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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    Kathryn Baxter, MN, United States 09-16-11
    Kathryn Baxter, MN, United States 09-16-11 Member Since 2016
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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.

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    David Houston, TX, United States 09-08-12
    David Houston, TX, United States 09-08-12 Member Since 2008

    Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving or riding my bike.

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    "Silly"

    Agent Pendergast is a paragon in virtually every respect, and nearly all the people he interacts with are blundering fools. Still he is kind to these lesser beings, treating them with a gracious noblesse oblige. He even mentors the one worthy, though generally clueless, character the authors provide as a modern day Watson, slightly humanizing a central character whose smarmy aloofness we would find insufferable if we met him at work.

    The plot belongs in a specimen jar, a grotesquerie which has everything in common with many other twisted horror specimens but which is completely devoid of any elements we can actually relate to and therefore lacks the power to do anything but jump out and startle us. And, as in most horror films, since we have never been given reasons to care about any but the central characters, there is really no suspense or terror. All the rest are fodder in the tedious munch toward the inevitable regurgitation.

    Unfortunately, Scott Brick's repetitive and increasingly histrionic vocal patterns succeed only in underscoring the silliness of the writing. This is definitely not his best work.

    I realize that this series is beloved by a huge audience, and I freely admit that the entire genre of horror tends to leave me cold while my friends shiver in their seats. In some essential way, I just don't "get it." So take the review with more than a single grain of salt. But if it sounds like something you might have thought yourself on occasion after reading the latest vampire thriller or international super agent fare, you may want to consider before using your credit.

    16 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Alan 10-12-12
    Alan 10-12-12

    Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.

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    "Another Winner"

    This is another great one with Pendergast as the main character that sets things straight.
    Exciting and never a dull moment. Recommend this to anyone who is a Preston & Child fan. As always the characters are well developed and connect together with style.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis 06-06-12
    Dennis 06-06-12 Listener Since 2004

    Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!

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    "Very dry story --- even with the great Scott Brick"

    It seemed to me that the characters in the book were "dumber than dust"! This characteristic lead to a very dry story!! The FBI agent did help & so did Scott Brick --- BUT IT JUST WAS not ENOUGH!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Poconos pocono pines, pa United States 11-17-11
    Poconos pocono pines, pa United States 11-17-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Another book RUINED by Scott Brick"

    I should have known better but I love Preston and Child. Why did they ever let Scott Brick get a hold of this book? I thought I'd give it a shot even though I could never finish one book narrated by that man. But no...I didn't last more than 15 minutes as that familiar sarcastic way of speaking and making every single sentence sound as if he's delivering a line from a Shakespeare play! That's it for me folks. If I see Brick's name on any book from now on I'll simply pass it by.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Zack 07-11-11
    Zack 07-11-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Pendergast, Unabridged."

    I dislike abridged books. Resulting from that I have been reduced to reading the Pendergast series out of order, shameful really. The release of this book leaves only two Pendergast novels remaining still abridged, "The Cabinet of Curiosities" and "Brimstone". Do try to rectify this situation soon Audible. I can't decided if I prefer Brick or Auberjonois , really either is more than satisfactory. Like any Pengergast novel you will not be disappointed by this volume, and the price what more could one want.

    16 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Delman San Francisco 07-21-12
    Richard Delman San Francisco 07-21-12 Member Since 2016

    I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get.

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    "Like the old horror movie "The Thing.""

    Preston and Childs can write, and Scott Brick can narrate, but this is not the best work of any of them. The book starts out on a pretty topical theme: the development of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in a very rural cornfield in Medicine Creek ("Crick"), Kansas. FBI agent Pendergast is an interesting if somewhat contrived protagonist. This is the first book I have read in this series, and I am not sure I'll read another. The book quickly devolves into a series of ghastly murders by a large being which truly recalls The Thing, and whose vocabulary consists entirely of the utterance, "Muh." The murders become more and more ornate. There is competition between Medicine Crick and the neighboring town, Dieper, of which it might be said, be careful what you wish for. Both are dying towns, hoping that the experimental cornfield will happily stimulate their withering economies. Then the authors throw in a mysterious, reclusive scientist in a tumble-down mansion in New York City, a completely unnecessary and unrelated plot device. There are a few chuckles along the way, but one wishes for "Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein." (Lord, that does date me, doesn't it?) The book actually ends up being a kind of still life itself. If you are interested in the best of these guys, The Ice Limit is it, by a large distance. The authors actually mention that book twice in the text of this one, as if acknowledging the vast superiority of their finest work. Read that one.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 06-03-12
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 06-03-12 Member Since 2016

    I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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    "Weak Plot - Pass unless your reading the series"
    Would you try another book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and/or Scott Brick?

    Yes. I am reading the whole series. As with series, some of the novels are very good, some passable and other fall very short. I felt that this one fell very short. The suspense of the plot was inordinately stretched at the front of the book and the inevitable chase scene was too long. During the last third of the novel, I had already guessed what the connections were and the final wound up was done in the epilog.


    Any additional comments?

    So far I like the series starting with Relic. But the first two book were much better than this one. Crows did leave a few questions open and I am hoping the this is not the decline of the series.

    15 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    D. Sullivan Southampton, MA 09-06-11
    D. Sullivan Southampton, MA 09-06-11 Listener Since 2009

    I'm That Guy

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    "Favorite story yet so far but not narrator"

    This is my favorite of this series so far. I think it is book four and I have been reading them in order. Unfortunately, the last one "The Cabinet of Curiosities" was abridged, which I really hate. Feel like I'm getting ripped off half a story.
    Anyway, this one was a lot of fun, just wasn't so crazy about the narrator. Not the worst I've heard by any means, just not so hot.
    Looking forward to the next book "Brimstone". Once again though, abridged. Grrrrr....

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline 08-07-11
    Jacqueline 08-07-11

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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- - -

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