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Publisher's Summary

Still Life with Crows adds an immersive musical soundtrack to your audiobook listening experience!*

Booktrack editions are essentially a new genre of digital storytelling entertainment. Music and ambient audio are added to complement and enhance the audiobook experience. It is a synchronized movie-style soundtrack that complements the narration of existing audiobooks; the tempo and rhythm of the score harmonize with action, dialogue, and the characters' emotional arcs. 

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 heartland. 

No one is safe.

*Booktrack is an immersive format that pairs traditional audiobook narration to complementary music. The tempo and rhythm of the score are in perfect harmony with the action and characters throughout the audiobook. Gently playing in the background, the music never overpowers or distracts from the narration, so listeners can enjoy every minute. When you purchase this Booktrack edition, you receive the exact narration as the traditional audiobook available, with the addition of music throughout.

©2003 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"From the first [minute], Still Life with Crows is creepy, disturbing, and altogether fascinating: Preston and Child at their best." (Salem Statesman Journal (OR))

"Highly entertaining...a creepy, well-plotted novel...Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's trademark mix of mystery, suspense, horror, and history proves to be a combination that works." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Smart, skillful writers who have fun spinning their tall tale, and if you enjoy things-that-go-bump-in-the-night thrillers, you'll have fun [listening to] it." (Washington Post Book World

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  • Jesse
  • SEBASTOPOL, US, Canada
  • 05-16-18

Still Life With Crows, with music and sound effects.

Disclaimer! Not a new book.
That being said, this was amazing. I enjoyed every minute of this book. The background sound is subtle enough to enhance this masterpiece. If you enjoy five minutes of this style I cannot recommend this book enough.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Great book!

Love the Pendergast character, he is so quirky! These books are very entertaining, on to the next one!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Great Pendergast story & Scott Brick performance.

Some blood & gore mixed with a twisty adventure plot. I may not eat turkey soon.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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this audio book is not a 2018 release as noted

original publish date 2003 and audio release 2011..i have it in my hard copy library,,good book worth a listen but not more than once. very deceptive marketing on audible's part

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Pendergast Pleases Again!

Another great tale, although the cave bits are someone monotonous. Reader's southern accent is bothersome; do Kansans really talk like that? Or in the reader's voice - "Do dey tawlk lak thayet?" Also, the background music and sounds are irritating. Otherwise, another pleasing Pendergast tale.

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Excellent story, annoying background music

I love the Pendergast stories, and this one is excellent: an air of creepiness, a bizarre mystery to solve, and the calm, enigmatic Agent Pendergast methodically assembling the pieces to a puzzle. Scott Brick, as usual, brings an edgy, dramatic tone that propels the story and makes you want to keep listening.

My complaint with this book is in the production. Rather than let Preston and Child's narrative and Brick's interpretation of the characters come through in their compelling way, the producers laced the story with annoying background music. Doing this at the end or beginning of a scene can be effective. This time, though, the music ran constantly, detracting from the story and weakening the book overall. The effect was like putting catsup on an excellent cake.

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Music ruins the book!

I had to return book as music was so dstracting. Happily there is a person with no background music I was able to download.

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Background Music Ruins It

90 minutes in and I can't listen to it anymore because of the cheap background music.It totally ruins the otherwise good text and narration for me. I have listened to audio books every day for the last few years and never have had one that constantly plays mood music under the narration. They should really mention it in the summary before we waste a credit on it.

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Terrific story but lose the music!

Love these authors and the story and Scott Brick is great as usual. But the music was irritating and distracting.

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I am so confused

I don’t usually write reviews but do check out the community here id I’m unsure about buying a book.
I listen to around 3 books a week, and find Audible by far the best at the audio format... however, this book irritated me from word one. It was a combination of the background music/sound effects/dramatic synth and how the narrator slowed down his delivery (which bordered on cheesy melodramatics, and the fact I kept thinking I was listening to a Steven King novel!!
The storyline straddled the fence between mystery and mystic.
If you like that mix... have at it.
I am hoping Audible will offer a straight narration as well as the ultra version.

1 of 7 people found this review helpful