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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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    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

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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Nampa, ID, United States 03-11-13
    Nancy Nampa, ID, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good"

    The story is very good. The reader was good but reminded me of the old 60's cop shows.I think very good overall but was my favorite kind of read.

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    Linda United States 03-11-13
    Linda United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Intriguing cop, serial killer story."
    What made the experience of listening to The Poet the most enjoyable?

    Narrator made this book extra interesting. Unexpected twist was
    ingenious.


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

    Silence of the lambs as far as the chase of the bad guy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in the alley.


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

    Wow, I really don't know.


    Any additional comments?

    My first book by Connelly but it won't be my last. This writer is head and
    shoulders above the norm.

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    Thomas GRAND RAPIDS, MI, United States 03-11-13
    Thomas GRAND RAPIDS, MI, United States 03-11-13
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    "Great Story"

    I really enjoyed the story. The narrator did a fine job and of course Michael spins a good tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KK SEDGEWICKVILLE, MO, United States 03-08-13
    KK SEDGEWICKVILLE, MO, United States 03-08-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Poet to be better than the print version?

    n/a


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rachel. Her character kept you wondering her motives


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

    No, but he was very good.


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

    When Jack found out about why his brother had the foreign substance in his mouth. Very real and sad.


    Any additional comments?

    I will read/listen again!

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    G Mom 03-07-13
    G Mom 03-07-13
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    "Another great Connelly thriller..but poorly read."

    Another good Connelly thriller. Unfortunately the narrator detracts from the story. A different narrator could have made this a superb listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 2016
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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