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The Poet | [Michael Connelly]

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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    Mckenzie A. Graye 11-26-12
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    "Connelly always delivers."
    What made the experience of listening to The Poet the most enjoyable?

    The characters were well built and the story line was good. It kept me interested to the end.


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

    Bosch, of course, but all were good. He did an excellent job of changing voices for the different characters, giving them each a distinctive personality.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a Michael Connelly fan. This was one of his best...well thought out, good follow through and very believable characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Australia 11-12-12
    Chris Australia 11-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very addictive listening..."
    What did you love best about The Poet?

    A few good twists that kept me thinking.


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

    Yes, there was always something exciting happening. The story was never dull, not for a moment.


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

    No i hadn't, but he did an excellent job. The different voices and emotions made the story very easy to follow as to who was saying what. This makes a world of difference compare to some performers who appear to have the same voice for all characters.


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

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    Great story by an excellent author. I am hooked on Michael Connelys books and have just about got through them all. The entire Bosch series and Micky Hauler. A few left to go, then need to find more similar authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Toronto, ON, Canada 10-12-12
    Aaron Toronto, ON, Canada 10-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good narration, good ambiance!"
    Would you listen to The Poet again? Why?

    I would listen to this again for sure! It is a great suspenseful story and compares well to other books by Connelly.


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

    The narrator has great pacing and intonation. His voice was well suited to the main character as well.


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

    I felt tense at time listening to the book, a fact that is telling of the quality. It was an appropriate response to this type of story.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Connelly's other writing or books about fictional killers this book is for you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George Paulden, AZ, United States 10-06-12
    George Paulden, AZ, United States 10-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    Great Book. We need More books like this one. The read was great but I wished they would of used the same one for all Mr. Connelly Books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Los Altos, CA, United States 10-01-12
    Katherine Los Altos, CA, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Lots of twists and turns"
    Where does The Poet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was good, but not the best. There were a few things that were too incredible to be believable. Certain things seemed contrived to throw the reader off.


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

    the journalist


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Jensen Ogden, UT USA 09-26-12
    J. Jensen Ogden, UT USA 09-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Bored in minutes"
    Would you try another book from Michael Connelly and/or Buck Schirner?

    I've had success from other Michael Connelly books, but the narrator killed it for me.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Buck Schirner’s performances?

    Probably not. I put the book down after about an hour or two because I couldn't get into it. The performance didn't sell it to me, just very plain monotone reading.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debra United States 09-14-12
    Debra United States 09-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Connelly Lover"
    Where does The Poet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Twists and Turns with Poe Mixed in!!! Connelly did it again!! Thanks


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fell in love with Jack!


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

    Jack


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

    Both!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Diamondhead, MS, United States 09-12-12
    Terri Diamondhead, MS, United States 09-12-12 Member Since 2011

    avid listener, during exercise and travel. Been doing for 30 plus years and probably will never stop. I am trying to read more recently, it requires more downtime.

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    "Good story, keeps you guessing until the very end!"
    If you could sum up The Poet in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, exciting, suspenseful...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack the main character.


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

    That husky voice that comes from years of smoking cigarettes, just like many of the characters in the novel.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    This was an entertaining mystery novel that also gives some insight into child exploitation crimes.

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    DG_63 09-11-12
    DG_63 09-11-12
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    "Excellent book"
    If you could sum up The Poet in three words, what would they be?

    The Poet is an excellent read; I love the twists/turns, detailed descriptions, detailed explanaiton of the characters, introduction of the characters, play-by-play of the life of the characters. The author keeps the reader's attention with the smallest of details to the intense lives of the characters without being offensive to the auidence/reader. I enjoyed trying to figure out the end. I couldn't wait to get to the end - yet I didn't want the story to end.


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

    Never listened to B. Schirner before.


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

    for a film - I would keep the tag line...The Poet


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    gavin eugene, oregon, United States 09-10-12
    gavin eugene, oregon, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "always good!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Poet the most enjoyable?

    Micheal Connelly creates a character the reader can identify with,and his plots are not predicable and keep the reader or listener guessing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    good characters and plot.


    What three words best describe Buck Schirner’s performance?

    believable with feeling


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

    nothing extreme, just enjoyable


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to audible books on my kindle over my car radio on long drives and it really makes the time fly!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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