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The Poet Audiobook
The Poet
Written by: 
Michael Connelly
Narrated by: 
Buck Schirner
The Poet Audiobook

The Poet

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Publisher's Summary

With his four Harry Bosch novels, Michael Connelly joined "the top rank of a new generation of crime writers" (Los Angeles Times). Now Connelly returns with his most searing thriller yet - a major new departure that recalls the best work of Thomas Harris (Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs) and James Patterson (Along Came a Spider)

Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the story opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work - a devious cop killer who's left a coast-to-coast trail of "suicide notes" drawn from the poems of Edgar Allan Poe. It's the story of a lifetime - except that "the Poet" already seems to know that Jack is trailing him. . .

Here is definitive proof that Michael Connelly is among the best suspense novelist working today.

©2004 Michael Connelly; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

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    Lblazin midwest 04-09-13
    Lblazin midwest 04-09-13
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    "Haven't /can't seem too listen any more...."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different reader maybe...


    Has The Poet turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No just to this narrator and possibly the author.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Buck Schirner?

    Almost any one..


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and anger I wasted a credit!


    Any additional comments?

    Worse Connelly book ever what a disappointment! I have over 100 audible books of different genres and this is one is by far is the worst of the lot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BJG Overland Park, Kansas, United States 04-07-13
    BJG Overland Park, Kansas, United States 04-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Ah it was alright, my least favorite of Connelly's"

    I like Connelly but this was not one of his better efforts. Never real felt any attachments to the characters and although I made it through the book (that means something), I was glad when it ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    F. Lacy 04-02-13
    F. Lacy 04-02-13 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Pretty Good, But..."
    Any additional comments?

    The narrator says "peee-dophile" instead of pedophile. He also says "hooowhat, hoowhen, hoowhere" it's weird.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn MARIETTA, OH, United States 03-25-13
    Lynn MARIETTA, OH, United States 03-25-13

    Professional female with little time for the fun things (cooking, reading and traveling)!

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    "Has this ever happened to you?"

    I had read this story number of years ago and had forgotten that i had read it! It was a great story then, and it still is. Thanks to Audible's return policy, I'll be able to correct that error. Michael Connelly just doesn't disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Sprott Carthage, NY 03-18-13
    Lynn Sprott Carthage, NY 03-18-13
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    "good story with an interesting twist"

    Connelly tells a good story and I've always liked his characters. I think this one could have used a bit more editing--it gets a little long-winded in places. I liked the reader--good emotion and very clear voices that seemed natural for the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Flourtown, PA, United States 03-18-13
    James Flourtown, PA, United States 03-18-13
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    "Michael Connelly"
    What did you love best about The Poet?

    A great story and kept you guessing untill the end.


    What other book might you compare The Poet to and why?

    The Narrows which was the follow-up book


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end when it became obvious who the Poet was.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No one moment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    claire 03-18-13
    claire 03-18-13 Member Since 2006
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    "An old story so technological advances missing."
    What did you like best about The Poet? What did you like least?

    The use of literature: the tension between police and journalists and the state police v FBI interesting. A rather monotonous delivery and some predictable story lines a problem.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The use of Edgar Allan Poe. Was interesting. The predictable love interest least so


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different reader


    Do you think The Poet needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Too old


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debora Hauck 03-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Quintessential Jack Reacher!"
    Would you listen to The Poet again? Why?

    No! Because there are so many books and too little time!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a great listen! Good reader, with a story that kept you on the edge of your seat!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think the overall book was so good, it was hard to pick a favorite scene!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    So far it is my favorite Jack Reacher book by Lee Child!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Hampshire, TN, United States 03-13-13
    Ann Hampshire, TN, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "best one yet"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Poet to be better than the print version?

    haven't read the print


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes


    What about Buck Schirner’s performance did you like?

    he made it easy to listen and each character was readily different


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    loved it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gloria Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 03-12-13
    Gloria Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 03-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Narrator spoiled the book for me..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Would not recommend the book because the narrator turned the story into a sleeper. Although Michael Connelly is one of my favorite writers and The POET should be another great read, the nondescript voice and performance of the narrator made it hard to decipher between characters at times. That, in turn, had me repeating parts to see who was speaking or losing track of what was happening. Very monotonous voice which sounded the same in every conversation.


    Any additional comments?

    A great story needs to be presented by a great narrator, otherwise I would prefer to read it instead of listening to it so I can apply the personality I imagine the character would have.

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  • Colin
    EdinburghUnited Kingdom
    4/16/11
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    "EXCITING AND CLEVER"

    A really good book, and one of the more exciting I have heard.

    Well read and voiced, well paced, really a good example of an audiobook.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Nigel
    BOURNEMOUTH, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "A must if you are into the Harry Bosch series"

    This is a fantastic stand alone story. However, it is best enjoyed as a chronological part of the Harry Bosh series from the same author. My suggestion is to work your way through Michael Connelly's books by year of release not by the different character lists. Many of the characters appear in each others books and it is great to reacquaint yourself with characters you remember from previous stories. This book is by any comparison, one of the best of its genre.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Judith
    Dursley, United Kingdom
    6/18/13
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    "Michael Connelly never disappoints"

    Another cracking story from Michael Connelly which kept me listening even whilst shopping in the supermarket which meant I forgot most of the things I went in for! Narration was excellent too and added to the plot well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Allan
    STROUD, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "The Poet"

    Typical Connelly book keeps you guessing until the last minute, I have to say the narration is superb. I think a follow up to that story could have been justified. I have always considered him to be one of the best, watch that space I always say. Thoroughly reccomended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    Cannock, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "An excellent listen"

    The first of a new character, Jack McEvoy, but the same superbly crafted Michael Connelly novel! I've got the Mickey Haller audibles available already and decided to take a punt on this and it's so good I've downloaded the scarecrow.

    Harry Bosch series next!!!!

    Superb

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bridie
    Victoria, Australia
    12/22/10
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    "creepy"

    Interesting story though creepy. Serial killers and peadophiles make a toxic mix but it is easier to take because the main premise seems so over the top. The reader does a good job of conveying the separate characters and their emotions.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    Preston, United Kingdom
    7/6/10
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    "redcheq"

    Another good value audio book from Michael Connelly. I have only recently discovered Michael Connolly books and to date I have been pleased with them all. The pace and excitement of his books leave you waiting for more. I do look at the length of time the book so as to get value for my money.
    If you have not read any of Connelly's book this is a good one to start with.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eugene
    12/23/12
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    "Magnficient Serial Killer Story"

    Starting off with a slow burn, then building to a complex, multi-layered investigation and pursuit, The Poet shows the depth and quality of the writing of Michael Connelly. One of the great enjoyments of the Conelly novels is the inter-linking of stories and characters across a number of books. The Poet is a serial killer to match Hannibal Lecter, and stems from the same understanding of police procedures, and with both the fascination with the killer and the pursuit that fuels the Thomas Harris novels. The Poet is the first book, and then you must move onto the conclusion in The Narrows. A well read story; emotional and fluent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steph in Nottingham
    7/8/16
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    "Flashback to a different time. 1996."

    Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this book but I have to admit the explanations of how you can fax from a computer and how a digital camera works had me laughing out loud. Did we really ever live without Google? So yes it's a bit dated but still a good story with the usual twists and turns. If you can get it in a sale (as I did) it's worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas Wyatt
    5/29/16
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    "The greatest"

    This is the greatest crime novel of all time. With a great narrator as well

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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