Oh, this one was hard to get away from. Listened to it ALL the time. So many unexpected twists and turns. Well written, well developed. Well performed, able to follow narrator easily. An absolute must read.
One of the best. Just when you think you've got it figured out, something new comes up. Kept me guessing to the end!
Jack was far and above my favorite, but then it was his story after all even if it did feel like it was me!
His voice so fits the characters that he makes each one come alive in your mind.
I would be giving away the story if I told you so you'll just have to listen yourself to find it.
This "book" is so all consuming you will find yourself resenting the times you have to turn it off.
Life is great!
This book was a fresh approach to a suspenseful cop/serial killer novel! I've come to enjoy Michael Connelly's books.
This narrator is awesome! He has a way to make you think you are really listening to all of the different characters...he adds to each book he narrates!
This book left me on the fence as far as good and bad. I found the story rather..uninspiring. maybe thats the way my review will be too. The story itself, was flat not very dimensional and the ending completely predicatable. There was one point tho, towards the end where I wanted to see what happened..or more how it happened and this really disappointed me too. The narrator took some time for me to get used to, his voice also leaving me say..Oh geez what did I buy? But you start to warm to him after a while and his vocal changes for the characters were pretty good. Wasn't keen on the love story parts thru his telling tho. I would say that all in all if you want to purchase it go ahead, it isn't that bad. For a better story I would pass.
Buck Schirner is the worst audiobook narrator I have ever listened to. He appears to have been miscast, first of all - don't know how old he is, but his voice sounds at least 50 and tired and the main character is in his 30s. It was very difficult to envision the relationships and the romance listening to that voice. Worse though was the thoroughly wooden and mechanical reading of the script. It really did sound like he was reading and didn't sound natural at all, like enunciating ev-er-y sin-gle wor-dd was more important than the emotion or the story. I've never heard anyone speak in real life like this guy sounded on the audiobook. If I wasn't a Michael Connelly fan and had not read the book in paperback years ago, I probably would have stopped listening in the first 10 minutes. It was that bad. It's a shame, since this was a famous book and could be the first intro to Connelly for a lot of listeners. Skip this book. What's odd is that the narration of the Harry Bosch series done by Len Cariou has always seemed stiff to me (though way better than Schirner). Does Connelly think this kind of reading is what the fans want? Not this fan.
I've actually read and listened to this book three times now. Each time, I am still surprised by who the "bad" guy is, and I always figure it out before Connelly tells you who, but he sure keeps you guessing and changing your mind and guessing again. If you don't like to read about child molesters then you don't want to listen to this book, but, Connelly has done a great job weaving that story line throughout the book. There are many layers to this book, multiple relationships to consider and no one is quite what they seem. All-in-all a great listen. Buck Schimer isn't my favorite reader, but does a great job with a multitude of voices, including the women.
A different narrator might have saved this book. Mr. Shimer's low, slow monotone is expressionless, and his female voices are awful..
No, this is my favorite genre, when I can't find books about modern European history. I have read every other Michael Connelly book, and this one is the worst.
A different narrator, such as Len Cariou or Peter Giles.
I am nine chapters in, and I haven't found one yet. This is like a Tom Clancy novel that gets going after about 400 pages. I will hang in a bit longer.
Michael Connelly's character, Jack McAvoy, is much more compelling and likeable in The Scarecrow. In that book, he is not as whiny as he is in The Poet. Ironically, it was the references to the Poet case in the Scarecrow that convinced me to buy the book.