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Still Lives

A Novel
Written by: Maria Hummel
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine on Audible Pick 

"It's the ultimate mystery...The suspense will keep you up all night." (Reese Witherspoon)

Kim Lord is an avant garde figure, feminist icon, and agent provocateur in the LA art scene. Her groundbreaking new exhibition, Still Lives, is comprised of self-portraits depicting herself as famous murdered women - the Black Dahlia, Chandra Levy, Nicole Brown Simpson, among many others - and the works are as compelling as they are disturbing, implicating a culture that is too accustomed to violence against women. 

As the city's richest art patrons pour into the Rocque Museum's opening night, all of the staff, including editor Maggie Richter, hope the event will be enough to save the historic institution's flailing finances. Except Kim Lord never shows up to her own gala. Fear mounts as the hours and days drag on and Lord remains missing. Suspicion falls upon the up-and-coming gallerist Greg Shaw Ferguson, who happens to be Maggie's ex. A rogue's gallery of eccentric art world figures could also have motive for the act, and as Maggie gets drawn into her own investigation of Lord's disappearance, she'll come to suspect all of those closest to her.

©2018 Maria Hummel (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Slow

This book was a bit slow, I listened to he whole book but couldn’t really get into it. #audible1

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Art and Murder - Match made in heaven!

I love true crime, and rarely read fiction, but I truly enjoyed this novel from Hummel. Perhaps the storyline is predictable, but I enjoyed all of the descriptions, locations, and different characters at play here. As a 20-something myself, I see a lot of myself in the main character's worries, and motivations. I also love Tavia GIlbert's narration, she does a great job and totally fits the main character in my mind. If your looking for a quick, sexy, and fun read check this out!

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Wasn't All That Interesting

Not sure why, but I just didn't care a whole lot about the characters or what happened to them. The performance was decent, but the story was pretty blah.

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worst book I've read since grade school

Took 2 hrs just to get to the central event of the story in an 8 hr book. Every time a character is introduced you get told their back story in too much detail and with the narrators feelings about them and maybe their history together. It is written in a very pretentious way, which is so fitting because it takes place in the fine art world. Every time I listened to it I would get angry about how slow it was, the flowery descriptions and how I didn't need all this extra crap thrown in.
There is an art show description where every painting from the headline artist is described. THAT ALONE TOOK OVER 6 MINUTES. I skipped over 4min of it because it was so tedious.
I didn't finish the book.
The characters are very well developed snd defined though.

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  • CB
  • 2018-08-23

Not my favorite

It was a little boring so I would often find myself not paying attention and then not really knowing what was going on....and I didn’t care all that much to go back. Also, the narrator was not the right match for this character/story in my opinion.
I normally really enjoy Reese book club picks but this is one of the few I wish I had skipped.

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  • Daniel
  • 2018-08-20

I want to be nice,but please don't waste a credit.

I'm not sure which part we're supposed to care about more....the boring main character whose copy editing job at a museum seems to be a shallow cover for being a private detective (which sounds so much more interesting than it actually is in this story) or the artist whose subject is actually interesting, but is as far as possible from being the focus. There is a lot about this book that could have been great, but it just doesn't work for me. I only recommend if you get this as a gift or have a free credit.

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  • Hera
  • 2018-08-05

Irritated

There isn't a doubt that this is a talented and extremely intellectual author. However, she lets you know these things using an irritating method whereby she spends the entire narrative criticising the intellectual snobbery of the upper crust art world while she is definitely writing this novel as a member of their equivalent in the literary world, which is fine but half the book is spent smoothly talking down to or educating the reader. If you want to write a thriller, please don't bore your audience with that nonsense, we're smarter than you think and when I buy a thriller I don't feel like being educated. You ARE an excellent author who should be writing great novels.

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  • MomTo6
  • Papillion, NE, US
  • 2018-08-13

ummm ... no

After listening to more than a dozen books this summer, this has been the most disappointing. The narrator's voice does not match the main character's traits. The storyline drags. This was a painful read.

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  • Debra Stewart
  • Alpharetta, GA
  • 2018-08-12

sorry. didn't like this book.

the story dragged on and on. too much on the shallow and viciousness the people of the LA scene art scene.

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  • jestans
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • 2018-08-12

Second fail from Reese

This is our second try of books from Reese Witherspoon’s book lists. Both were awful! So disappointed. Save yourself the time and boredom and skip this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-09-03

not for me..

I struggled to finish the book, it was boring. I must have fallen asleep so many times listening that I'd have to rewind just to realize I didn't miss anything.

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  • MizVee
  • Downey, US, Canada
  • 2018-08-17

Painful to listen to

I’m halfway done and am in so much pain knowing I have another 4.5 hours left to listen to. For awhile in the beginning I couldn’t tell if the narrator was completely at fault and just ruining the writing through her over dramatic sing song voice or if she was exacerbating a poorly written book. I think it’s the latter. I‘m going to try to finish this book because I hate not finishing books. Let’s see which one I end up hating more - the book itself or not finishing it. It will be painful to continue on though.

I can only think that the Reese who knew what a gem Big Little Lies was couldn’t be the same Reese who thinks this book is anywhere near the same realm. Maybe she read the book and didn’t listen to it because maybe reading it is better than listening in this case. Maybe she sees the potential to turn this into a movie or mini series with a lot of help from better writers. Maybe one of her assistants read it or the author is a friend of hers. This wasn’t a good choice to recommend as a good listen - it’s too painful because the narration is so bad and the writing is trite.

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  • sunny59
  • 2018-08-15

What the Heck?

Loved the narrator and much of the book was really interesting and kept you Anticipating what was next. However, it ended with so many things unanswered, things that weren’t logical and made no sense, as though she forgot to publish the last chapter? I don’t need everything wrapped up perfectly but at least a few of the choices and happenings would be nice to know what was going on?!

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  • juliet
  • 2018-08-11

Tired of insipid female leads

I was entertained by this book, but I am so tired of whiny and sort of pathetic female narrators. I cared little about the characters in general and the narrator in particular. I kept waiting for something at the end to make it special or more worthwhile and was left wanting.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful