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.
Cops and newspaper guy get together to decide on a plan of action to catch a killer. Hours later, they decide on the plan; no action yet. Boring!
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.
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.
Not so sure about Connelly's choice in making Jack McEvoy the main character in this book. while a lot of interesting things happen to him and around him, he was kind of... I don't know. Whiny? Unable to connect with the people around him? Pondered his own belly button too often?
Isn't he supposed to be the kind of talented reporter that gets people talking? He never acted like he was. McEvoy must have one hell of a golden pen, because I just didn't see it in his interactions with the other characters.
That said, the plot was pretty good, though I didn't really care about the twists at the end. Felt like Connelly didn't supply enough info during the rest of the book to make the revealing of his villain make much sense.
I hate giving so much negative criticism to a book review. I think I'm just disappointed that I wasn't completely in love with this one. Maybe other reviews shot my expectations too high. I don't know. It's definitely worth a lesson, once. I probably won't listen to it again, and it won't be super high on my list of books to recommend. But worth picking up if you're looking for something to read.
The story was just okay...I may have liked it more with a different reader. This narrator read VERY slowly with long pauses. I listened to it sped up 2x which made it seem kind of choppy but at least it wasn't so slow.