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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    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)...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Annie Rose
    2/14/16
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    "A masterclass in reading - and writing"

    An introduction to the journalist Jack McEvoy, to the FBI and the world of newspaper publications - with the pressure of deadlines and the next big story. Jack's brother Shaun has killed himself - or so his fellow policemen believe. But Jack, a Denver journalist, believes it could not be so. And so, acting on little more than a hunch, he begins his own investigation. This book commands your full attention as we follow Jack's journey from the surreal moment when he is notified of his twin brother's death, to the final encounter with the mysterious Poet himself. Characters are strongly crafted and the whole plot is beautifully structured - carrying us through the maze of truth and lies that Jack pushes through until the final climactic moments. Superbly performed by Buck Shirner (switching effortlessly from one character's voice to the next in a confident, compelling performance), this book gripped me from the opening chapter right to the very final line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frodo & Co
    NL
    12/1/15
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    "sad and old fasioned"
    What would have made The Poet better?

    Connelly is a brilliant intelligent story teller, but this is really 'stupid' old white male writing.
    I know that he is a bit like that, but was hoping for anything better.


    Has The Poet put you off other books in this genre?

    it is overall a typical very old fashioned 'white male' story and also read like that. It really belongs in the 50'ies.


    What didn’t you like about Buck Schirner’s performance?

    He's an excellent reader, but has the darkest voice imaginable which makes the story darker and even more typical 'white male and old fashioned'. The voice befits the book, but makes it therefor even more gloomy.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I know Connelly is very old fashioned and conservative; didn't know yet it was this bad.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kevimh
    10/30/15
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    "Great story but disappointed at the end"

    Great story but really spoiled by the end when the reader is left high and dry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    10/20/15
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    "Very well written"

    I found this to be a slow burner initially, and wasn't convinced it was my cup of tea. However, the pace picks up considerably until you struggle to turn it off.

    A really good gripping story with great twists and turns.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A.G.Raynor-Krill
    Lincoln, United Kingdom
    6/4/15
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    "A good thriller"

    If it's written by Michael Connelly then you know you have a good read. This is a good thriller - this time from the point of view of the journalist. There is a lot of detail but it is a good story with a couple of twists at the end. Narrator not my favourite but good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dollymixup
    7/28/15
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    "Dated"
    Was The Poet worth the listening time?

    I'm a fan of Michael Connelly, and read this book when it first came out, however, I found for me, that it hadn't stood the test of time. Much of the plot depends on phone messages, not being able to get hold of people, using pagers and faxes. No mobile phones, internet a novelty and consequently I just found I got a bit bored by the plot as it felt very slow paced.

    In addition there is a massive hand brake turn with the plot towards the end, where the main protagonist makes the most bizarre misreading of his girlfriends character you could possibly imagine. The plot of this book just didn't stack up for me.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    7/22/15
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    "Excellent start to series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Poet to be better than the print version?

    They work better for me as I generally only get time to listen in the car.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Getting to know Jack. He's been a fringe character in several Connelly books I've read and I enjoyed finding out about him. You can have the best plot but without good characters it will always fall flat.


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

    I did laugh in a few places. Characters were generally believable and in most cases compelling with the feeling that you really want to know what happens.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the next book in the series with Jack as the main character.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew P
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    4/27/13
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    "Worse reading voice!"

    Managed ten minutes before losing the will to go further. I love this authors other books, and perhaps this is a great book, however the smoothness of delivery is key, and this the equivalent of corse sandpaper...

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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