Semi retired magazine editor and part time university adjunct instructor who is often distracted by his 10-year-old daughter.
This was a good book and well on its way to five stars when, for some inexplicable reason, Connelly decided to add one final twist in the last hour or so before it ended. I saw this twist coming and I kept saying aloud, "no, no." But my pleas went unanswered. Up to this point there were enough twists to hold my interest in what I thought was a very well-told story with excellent narration by Schirner (despite the British pronunciation of pEdophile which drove my to distraction). Jack McEvoy is a much more likable character than Henry Bosch, although he possesses some of the same human frailties. Most of the other major characters in this book are well conceived and are in sync with the story line. I would have ended the book differently and tied up some of the remaining loose ends. But maybe that's why Connelly is a best-selling author and I'm not (although we both graduated from the University of Florida). I'm listening to The Scarecrow right now, which is another McEvoy novel. I probably should have listened to The Narrows first, but don't ask me why until you finish The Poet. It's well worth the Audible credit.
Listening to contemporary and historical fiction, mysteries/thrillers, and the occasional bio or memoir. Narration is key; nothing is more distracting than a poor telling of a good story! My rating scale: 5=Love It; 4 = Like It; 3 = It's Okay; 2 = Not So Good; 1 = Bad, Really Bad.
It has been a while since I've enjoyed a crime/mystery story as much as this one. Told through the narrative of a Denver-based newspaper reporter who became a central figure in a compelling criminal investigation, this is one you don't want to miss. If you have an interest in plausible, highly engaging crime/mystery books, this story will capture you from the very first words.
I can't reveal more of the gist of the story, because practically anything I offer would give away some element of the plot. Just know that it is an intellectually satisfying book with twists and turns that make you want to keep listening all night. Every chapter has a mini-cliffhanger that requires you to keep listening -- or you'll lie awake thinking about for hours! I was eager to get back to ithisone every time I had to put it down. Best of all, there are no gimmicky endings here! Connelly has ended the story in a way that answers questions, resolves mysteries and leaves the reader believing that this one. . .just might be true.
Add to that the fact that Buck Schirner's performance is masterful and you have a book that is very much worth the price of admission. I highly recommend it.
The clear and precise narrating...my first audible book - certainly not my last
When they finally got him
This was my first audible experience and a good one
Nothing in particular, it was all moving.
It was hard for me at first to get the storyline, but when I did....everything fell into place and just got better and better.
I was again fooled by audible into thinking this was a new release. I usually research online to get original release date to keep from listening to books I have already read. They got me on this one. It was originally released in 1997! Please Audible, sto trying to hide the original release date, it only make you look like you have something to hide. It is a fine book and the technological advances in criminology and communication are interesting. I do not regret buying it but I am disappointed in Audible.
Interesting plot, but the writing itself is often awkward. The few suspenseful moments and paired with long periods of time with little happening. Characters are one dimensional. The narration was also often awkward and poorly acted. Overall, not very good. I definitely will not listen to this one again.
Get book. Loved the story line, twists, and conclusion. Couldn't wait to listen to the story.
Well crafted look at FBI workings and a good detective yarn with plenty of twists.
I knew something was wrong before half way through this book. I am a huge fan of Michael Connelly and his Bosch series. The writing is always tight, the characters well drawn, the plot riveting, and always a satisfying conclusion. I had read The Scarecrow, and liked it, so I thought I owed it to Jack McEvoy, to see how his fame was won. It just isn't happenning for me this go around. The protagonists are about to embark on a steamy love affair, and I could care less. There's been no development of relationship, never mind intimacy, between these two. Their individual inteligence's are now highly suspect, in my opinion. The drama is dragging, some of the revelations unrealistic, the reader's voice is muddy, and I've had it. Somebody please tell me how the story ends, because I don't have it in me to finish this bore. I'm inclined to believe that Michael Connelly didn't write this, but only put his name on it.
Probably not...since I had read the book twice. I was listening to The Narrows at the same time as The Poet for a prequel/sequel experience.
Interesting an d varied.
It just twists and turns. Very compiles character development. Connelly really worked hard on this.
Best Connelly book to date. I've read them all.