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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David APO, AE, United States 07-12-13
    David APO, AE, United States 07-12-13 Member Since 2010

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    "His Best Book"

    I have read many of his books and thought the Lincoln Lawyer was his best. But, this was better even though I new how it would end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joel NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 07-09-13
    Joel NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2011

    Joel Szerlip

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    "Good Twists, Weak Characters"

    My biggest problem with The Poet and many books in this genre is the lack of character development. I had read The Scarecrow (the follow-up) to this book when it was released and never even realized it had anything to do with this book until after I finished The Poet. This is a rather straight forward crime novel that takes a few good twists at the end. The characters end up being paper thin and for that its only a slightly entertaining summer read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    seaurchin 16 WASILLA, AK, United States 06-24-13
    seaurchin 16 WASILLA, AK, United States 06-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "very enetertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes a good mystery that keeps you engaged


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

    most of the time


    What about Buck Schirner’s performance did you like?

    his voice and cadence made it feel real


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

    no i wanted it to last a while so i could savor it


    Any additional comments?

    great job on book and reader

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 06-01-13
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 06-01-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Twists and Turns, Excellent narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was not predictable as so many mysteries can be.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The digital store, don't want to give anything away.


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

    Yes, and did.


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't looked into it but if this (character, the writer) is in other books I will get them also. If there were sarcastic humor in it too and a definite romance I would give it five stars, but that is just me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Warminster, PA, United States 05-26-13
    Katherine Warminster, PA, United States 05-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Hang on until the end and you'll be rewarded"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Poet to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print version


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

    Although the book was a little slow in the beginning, it was worth getting to the end. I couldn't stop listening to the last dozen chapters.


    What about Buck Schirner’s performance did you like?

    Buck Schirner did a generally good job, although there were several lines that he said in the wrong "voice".


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 05-12-13
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 05-12-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Just End the Story!!"

    It took forever for me to get into this story, if I ever truly did. Then there were three times I thought the story was ending, and it didn't. I wish it had. The twists and turns were not credible.

    The story line was interesting: a combination of child molestation killings and cop suicides that turn into murder. But the side stories were not interesting. The drama with the journalists family was a surface issue that should have been developed further. The love angle was full of too many contradictions to do anything but make you suspicious of it. And then the ending was impossible. The first two potentials made much more sense.

    The narrator's voice was grating at first, but I got used to it. I can't put my finger on what made it strange, but he will not be a favorite of mine. Voice differentiation between characters was adequate.

    Truly I am not sure why this author has been so popular. I won't look for his books again.

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    J. Shinn Van Buren, AR 05-05-13
    J. Shinn Van Buren, AR 05-05-13
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    "Good book, different style from typical Connelly"
    Where does The Poet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is good with a very good storyline, although Connelly strays from his normal writing style. I really enjoyed listening to this book.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ásdís Siglufjörður, Iceland 05-04-13
    Ásdís Siglufjörður, Iceland 05-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Poet the most enjoyable?

    The plot is good and an unexpected ending is always good. Although a little long in the middle (as I am an impatient listener) I did enjoy it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nothing really stands out but is over all good.


    What does Buck Schirner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration is very good and he brings all persons in the story to live.


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

    No, not really


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jacklyn Missouri City, TX, United States 04-11-13
    Jacklyn Missouri City, TX, United States 04-11-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Book"
    Any additional comments?

    Very entertaining! Several twists I wasn't expecting -- I love a book that keeps you guessing. I found myself driving out of the way to get a few additional minutes of listening time!

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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.

    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 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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