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The Poet Audiobook

The Poet

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.
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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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    Bobbie LEEDEY, OK, United States 03-05-13
    Bobbie LEEDEY, OK, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Excellent premise, but I didn't get it"

    I wanted to like this bizarre crime mystery, and I really did like it for awhile. I was even willing to overlook the narration, which was artificially dramatic in my opinion. The storyline had me pulled in for many hours, but somehow I started getting lost. The characters started running together. I got the sense that I should have been tying together plotlines but I wasn't. I think that was part of the reason that I didn't really care to try to figure out the identify of the murderer. If the reader doesn't care who did it, then there's not much point in listening to a mystery. I also didn't think actual people would behave in the ways that these characters did. Some of them didn't seem very bright. My last complaint is that the main character uses the term "my twin" about a gazillion times to describe his brother. I completely understood the two men were twins from the beginning, so this got really old. Most twins do not repeatedly refer to their twin as "my twin" in normal conversation. I think it would have been fine to simply refer to the character as "my brother" or by his name more often. I would not purchase this book again.

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    Loo. Loo Southern California 03-04-13
    Loo. Loo Southern California 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book, not so great narration"
    What did you love best about The Poet?

    I love a good murder mystery, and this was a good one! There were twists and turns and I couldn't figure out how it would end!


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I was really distracted by his narration. He blended some of his words together often - maybe it's an accent or common in the part of the country he was from? For example, he said, 'i twas', instead of 'it was'. For some reason, it bugged me. He also sounded like he was much older than the character seemed to be. I had a hard time imagining his voice as that of Jack.


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    Maryellen 03-04-13
    Maryellen 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The Poet is classic Michael Connelly. The story is good and while not hes best~really really good.....


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Harry's development in this book. He continues to grow and become more real with every story.


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    Thomas Burlington, VT 03-03-13
    Thomas Burlington, VT 03-03-13

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    "One of Connelly's best!"
    If you could sum up The Poet in three words, what would they be?

    Fast, exciting, filled with twists...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They were all great!!!


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

    Jack MacElroy


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

    Very enjoyable. Really held my interest...


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen (or read)...

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    Kathleen Valentine Gloucester, MA, United States 03-02-13
    Kathleen Valentine Gloucester, MA, United States 03-02-13 Member Since 2011

    So Many Books, So Little Time

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    "Very good storytelling, annoying narration..."

    I bought the Audible version originally but wound up buying the Kindle version to finish reading. Connolly is a fine story-teller and this is an exceptionally interesting story with lots of plot twists and intriguing characters. Maybe it's just me but I find his "love scenes" to be his weak point. Too many "long moments" and "reaching for him/her" but since those seem to be incidental to the story it is a minor complaint.

    I did not enjoy the narration. I felt the narrator tried too hard to make the voices of the various characters distinctive almost to the point of caricature.

    Still a gripping tale and well worth the time spent reading.

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    Jane 02-28-13
    Jane 02-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Raw but good"

    Despite the sometimes x rated horrors in this mystery, it was intriguing the way it was solved and I didn't want to stop listening. Later, there were some twists I wasn't entirely expecting and didn't like, Despite that, it was one of the better ones I have listened to.

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    jane Maddington, Australia 02-27-13
    jane Maddington, Australia 02-27-13
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    "Enjoyable"

    I enjoyed this book and there was a nice twist, however some of the story did not gel for me.

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    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 02-27-13
    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2014

    Nyoka Mullins

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    "Kept my interest-Good book"

    This story kept my interest, and I kept guessing who it was until the end, then it was a big surprise, I won't tell the ending in case someone want's to get it, but I recommend the book for anyone who likes suspense stories, the only thing I didn't like was the narrator, at time's I couldn't tell who was talking, other than that, it's worth the money..

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    Louanne Santa Fe, NM, United States 02-26-13
    Louanne Santa Fe, NM, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2005

    With almost 800 books in my library, I am an experienced listener. I appreciate a well written good story. I am pretty critical of trash.

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    "DATED - BELOW HIS STANDARD"

    This must be an earlier book from Michael Connelly. I found the writing not as good as in LIncoln Lawyer and later books. The story was okay, a bit drawn out, but it is what one is looking for in a mystery thrill. I found the datedness interfered with the story line especially in terms of the narrator. Overall the narration detracted from the experience. Buck Shimer did a great job in creating different character voices, but there was often a self conscious or emphatic delivery in the wrong places. I think much of it was faulty writing. The dialogue is inconsistent with the way people think and speak. There was too much reference to location in an attempt to present a valid circumstance. Connelly is not the only author to overuse this convention. If I am talking to a friend, colleague etc. It is weird to go into detail about the route. i.e. if I am Boulder, and I have lived there, I would never say casually, or in my head. I am going down Pearl Street to the Whole Foods Grocery. I am really nit picking but the point is that there was no casual delivery in these techniques. It is as if going down Pearl Street is important. Not really. Not even going to WholeFoods. It is an attempt to create realism that is superfluous. I find it to be very masculine, talking about names, places, directions, measurements. I would much rather know how a characters feels when driving down Pearl.

    This is about the fourth Connelly mystery I have listened to, and it is the least accomplished I think. I enjoyed all the others, or specifically did not notice that the narration and writing technique distracted from the experience.

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    COL 02-25-13
    COL 02-25-13
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    "Connelly Does It Again"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Poet to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version so I can't answer this question.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twists and turns


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

    Don't rememeber


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

    Neither. I'm not affected like that when I read books. I just get into them, or not.


    Any additional comments?

    no

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