BJH of Kansas
"The Poet" would have been better if there was 95% less violence.
I will never read or buy a Michael Connelly book again.
My reaction was disgust and disappointment. That the author of Lincoln Lawyer would write such a violent disgusting book, filled with every evil Connelly could conjure up was a major disappointment. I didn't even finish the book.
I would like my money back, and you can have this book back!
I had high expectations - I usually really like Michael Connelly. However, this story is somehow disjointed, with a really weird ending. I wish I had spent the 20 hours doing something else. Well read though.
Followers of the Harry Bosch and Lincoln Lawyer series will want to sample this non-series title, but they will find the performance not up to the standards of the audiobook narrators of those series. If you've never tried Connelly before, start with either of those series to get hooked on the author, then circle back and fill in with The Poet. While the narrator is competent and does a decent job differentiating the voices of male characters, I find his main voice and little...well, goofy, and occasionally lispy. A minor distraction from the writing, so not the best introduction to Michael Connelly.
It was very average to me. It kept my attention, but I wouldn't listen to it again.
No. I appear to be alone in my complete dislike for the protagonist, but every single time he discussed his feelings toward Rachel, or had any interaction with her, I wanted to deck him. He was RIDICULOUS and acted like a teenage girl. Blegh.
No way. The main character was such a dud to me I would never listen to another about him.
Tell us about yourself! Female, Realtor
Slow start, but when it got going, it was great. Try to figure it out, but everything changes as it progresses. Could not stop till it ended.
The narrator was a terrible choice for the book. His voice made me imagine a 60 year old protagonist while the actual character was 34. It made sterile the emotion in the relationships between all of the characters.
I don't think so, unless I do it after a couple of years, not because the story wasn't good, but because I don't normally read/listen to a book more than once-no matter how much I loved it
the brilliance of the idea behind the serial killers crimes. the hidden crimes inside the obvious crimes. I don't want to say too much, and give it away.
I liked all of it, but the best performance to me, was when it is shown to us, through a conversation between the bad guy and a policeman, how unstable the bad guy could be. also his voice never got too low, and the variations of the different voices. it's hard to stay listening to a story where it is read in a monotone.
there's a couple parts where i got chills listening to the narration of the bad guy, it gave me the creeps, and I listened to it at work, in a room full of people-with headphones on, but i got chills just the same. There was another moment too, near the end, when it seems like there will not be a happy romantic ending between two of the leading characters
I was so impressed with this whole story line that I recommended it to a couple of friends that love to listen to these types of stories as well, and even though i suspected where the book was going to end, i was surprised that it didn't go the way i thought i would--always a plus to me in any type of story.
The book is overlong and sadly in need of a good, strong editor
Yes, simply because I grew to dislike this particular book, doesn't mean that I'd dislike all of his writings. I've always enjoyed his Harry Bosch series.
It was a generally good, dramatic reading albeit a bit over-dramatic at times
To be extraordinarily patient at times and listen through to the end.
Book is clearly not one of Connelly's best. The plot is, at best, mediocre with a cliched use of several "red herrings". Story is painfully overwritten with far, far, far too much detail at times contributing nothing to scene, story or characterizations. And the amount of psychobabble is,sometimes, mind-numbing. I also had the distinct feeling that Mr. Connelly was very much in love with this particular book and just couldn't let it go. Every time it ends, and it does at least three times, another twist is thrown in and it unnecessarily plods along a bit further.