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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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    Amazon Customer abilene, TX, United States 01-02-14
    Amazon Customer abilene, TX, United States 01-02-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Whoa, didn't see that coming!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Poet to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the print.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Poet?

    When the real Poet is revieled.AAAHHH!!!! way out of left field.


    Have you listened to any of Buck Schirner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't, but he did an amazing job!


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

    Oh my gosh sooo many!! Tears, anger, confusion.. all them.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best books ever written.

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    Ken Kihei, HI, USA 12-19-13
    Ken Kihei, HI, USA 12-19-13 Member Since 2009
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    "One of Connelly's Best"

    I have read every Harry Bosch novel and this is a good as any of those.The plot has lots of turns and twists and the main character is as well developed as Harry.

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    Lady S. United States 12-18-13
    Lady S. United States 12-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Nail bitter"
    Would you listen to The Poet again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen again. I thought the book was familiar, but I couldn't figure out why until about midway the book. I enjoyed listening to Buck Schirner narration, his voice was soothing where needed and heightened at the points of excitement. You'll have to read or listen to the book for yourself to know why I say that. I don't want to spoil the excitement for you.


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

    Angels Flight because of the mysterious twists and turns. Echo Park and the Narrows because of the murders.


    Have you listened to any of Buck Schirner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I don't believe I've ever listened to Mr. Schirner narrate before, I love the way Scott Brick narrates but Buck Schirner is a close 2nd.


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

    Yes, and had it been on a weekend when I started or if I were on the plane like I'd planned to be I probably would have.


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    Amazon Customer Boston, MA 12-15-13
    Amazon Customer Boston, MA 12-15-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Thriller! Could not stop after chapter 3!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this audibook. There is something on Buck Schiner voice that makes it you believe and feel close to Jack. I think the voice fits perfectly. As usual, it is difficult to get used to the voice in the beginning for me but once you get into the story, Buck narration shines.

    The story takes you through different stages and I'd love to listen how everything developed. I felt involved in the story as I was trying to find myself what was happening.


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

    I have not read/listen many thrillers, I would say that my thoughts and feelings were closed to those I had when listening The Cuckoo's Calling


    Which character – as performed by Buck Schirner – was your favorite?

    Jack by far.... Detective Beckas was a good one as well


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

    Not really. It made me think and that was all I wanted..


    Any additional comments?

    A good thriller and a good buy if you enjoy serial killer thrillers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Faye 11-09-13
    Faye 11-09-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Suspenseful!!"

    Excellent book...very suspenseful & thought-provoking. Loved it up until the last few chapters, so without giving away the ending it just went beyond what was believable (up until that point), and lost me. Would definitely recommend it!!

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    charles o. peed winston salem, NC United States 11-01-13
    charles o. peed winston salem, NC United States 11-01-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Nowhere near his best."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book seems contrived to me relative to a Bosch book


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The centrai premise, that a reporter would be "embedded" in the FBI, is not believable. Also, there is a point in the book where the propostion is that everybody gets bore and sleepy on a stakeout waiting on a serial killer, so our hero goes for coffee. Really?


    What about Buck Schirner’s performance did you like?

    Lost of good voices


    Was The Poet worth the listening time?

    Untill the end, yes. The end is a bad joke.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let this be your first Connelly.

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    LVNative Las Vegas, NV 10-30-13
    LVNative Las Vegas, NV 10-30-13
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    "A great listen if you are old enough"

    If you can remember the world before cell phones, instant messages and remember the thrill of your first phone modem this is a great book. If you don't remember it well its still a good story but may be a bit dated. I'm old enough, and I loved it.

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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 10-27-13
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 10-27-13 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "Dated but who cares...it's great!"
    Where does The Poet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 25...


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twists and turns, it fooled me to the very end and I can usually see what's coming. Also there were many humorous moments that had me laughing down the road.


    Which character – as performed by Buck Schirner – was your favorite?

    I really grew to love this narrator, he did a great job...I guess the main character Jack would be my favorite.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A fox in the henhouse....


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    Rhonie 08-01-13
    Rhonie 08-01-13
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    "The best ending ever!"

    This was awesome. I am truly a MC fan after this book. One of my top 5 books. The ending is the best ever.

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    Donna SUFFOLK, VA, United States 07-14-13
    Donna SUFFOLK, VA, United States 07-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "What a Twist!"

    This story was different from any other story I have been reading. I enjoy this author and he didn't disappoint me. I usually can figure out the plot and the "who done it" but in this case it was a surprise. I enjoyed the reader also.

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  • 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.

    5 of 5 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 Smith
    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
  • 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 6 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
  • Mr
    11/4/16
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    "rip-roaring page Turner with plenty of twists"

    good speed, well written, believable story about a reporter helping the fbi crack a case.

    could easily be made into a film

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy
    9/24/16
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    "not for me"

    I tried a few times to listen but the narrator's drone put me off completely. I'll take more care in future to listen to the sample narration. As for the story, no idea if it's any good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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