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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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    Drew Spray 01-20-15
    Drew Spray 01-20-15
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    "Good Listen"

    Good story with a twist ending. It's a worth while listen. I would recommend this to any Connelly fans.

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    Sean Curry 12-01-14
    Sean Curry 12-01-14
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    "Disappointed"
    What did you like best about The Poet? What did you like least?

    I had high expectations - I usually really like Michael Connelly. However, this story is somehow disjointed, with a really weird ending. I wish I had spent the 20 hours doing something else. Well read though.


    Was The Poet worth the listening time?

    No


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    Leslie 11-19-14
    Leslie 11-19-14
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    "Boring, no action"

    Cops and newspaper guy get together to decide on a plan of action to catch a killer. Hours later, they decide on the plan; no action yet. Boring!

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    Smytheville Tennessee 11-18-14
    Smytheville Tennessee 11-18-14 Member Since 2008
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    "For Connelly fans only"

    Followers of the Harry Bosch and Lincoln Lawyer series will want to sample this non-series title, but they will find the performance not up to the standards of the audiobook narrators of those series. If you've never tried Connelly before, start with either of those series to get hooked on the author, then circle back and fill in with The Poet. While the narrator is competent and does a decent job differentiating the voices of male characters, I find his main voice and little...well, goofy, and occasionally lispy. A minor distraction from the writing, so not the best introduction to Michael Connelly.

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    Cynthia Clinton, MO, United States 10-17-14
    Cynthia Clinton, MO, United States 10-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Am I the only one who wanted to groan?"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was very average to me. It kept my attention, but I wouldn't listen to it again.


    Would you recommend The Poet to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I appear to be alone in my complete dislike for the protagonist, but every single time he discussed his feelings toward Rachel, or had any interaction with her, I wanted to deck him. He was RIDICULOUS and acted like a teenage girl. Blegh.


    Do you think The Poet needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No way. The main character was such a dud to me I would never listen to another about him.


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    Leslie Helgerson Lewisville, TX 10-07-14
    Leslie Helgerson Lewisville, TX 10-07-14

    Tell us about yourself! Female, Realtor

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    "Good to the very END."

    Slow start, but when it got going, it was great. Try to figure it out, but everything changes as it progresses. Could not stop till it ended.

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    Debra L. Warner 10-05-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Good story poor choice of narrator"
    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator was a terrible choice for the book. His voice made me imagine a 60 year old protagonist while the actual character was 34. It made sterile the emotion in the relationships between all of the characters.


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    Brenda Bass 10-04-14
    Brenda Bass 10-04-14
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    "thanks michael, an awesome story"
    Would you listen to The Poet again? Why?

    I don't think so, unless I do it after a couple of years, not because the story wasn't good, but because I don't normally read/listen to a book more than once-no matter how much I loved it


    What did you like best about this story?

    the brilliance of the idea behind the serial killers crimes. the hidden crimes inside the obvious crimes. I don't want to say too much, and give it away.


    What about Buck Schirner’s performance did you like?

    I liked all of it, but the best performance to me, was when it is shown to us, through a conversation between the bad guy and a policeman, how unstable the bad guy could be. also his voice never got too low, and the variations of the different voices. it's hard to stay listening to a story where it is read in a monotone.


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

    there's a couple parts where i got chills listening to the narration of the bad guy, it gave me the creeps, and I listened to it at work, in a room full of people-with headphones on, but i got chills just the same. There was another moment too, near the end, when it seems like there will not be a happy romantic ending between two of the leading characters


    Any additional comments?

    I was so impressed with this whole story line that I recommended it to a couple of friends that love to listen to these types of stories as well, and even though i suspected where the book was going to end, i was surprised that it didn't go the way i thought i would--always a plus to me in any type of story.

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    Alan NEW ROCHELLE, NY, United States 10-01-14
    Alan NEW ROCHELLE, NY, United States 10-01-14 Listener Since 2005
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    "Connely's done much better"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book is overlong and sadly in need of a good, strong editor


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Connelly again?

    Yes, simply because I grew to dislike this particular book, doesn't mean that I'd dislike all of his writings. I've always enjoyed his Harry Bosch series.


    What about Buck Schirner’s performance did you like?

    It was a generally good, dramatic reading albeit a bit over-dramatic at times


    Did The Poet inspire you to do anything?

    To be extraordinarily patient at times and listen through to the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Book is clearly not one of Connelly's best. The plot is, at best, mediocre with a cliched use of several "red herrings". Story is painfully overwritten with far, far, far too much detail at times contributing nothing to scene, story or characterizations. And the amount of psychobabble is,sometimes, mind-numbing. I also had the distinct feeling that Mr. Connelly was very much in love with this particular book and just couldn't let it go. Every time it ends, and it does at least three times, another twist is thrown in and it unnecessarily plods along a bit further.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Virginia 09-15-14
    Amazon Customer Virginia 09-15-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Good enough."

    Not so sure about Connelly's choice in making Jack McEvoy the main character in this book. while a lot of interesting things happen to him and around him, he was kind of... I don't know. Whiny? Unable to connect with the people around him? Pondered his own belly button too often?

    Isn't he supposed to be the kind of talented reporter that gets people talking? He never acted like he was. McEvoy must have one hell of a golden pen, because I just didn't see it in his interactions with the other characters.

    That said, the plot was pretty good, though I didn't really care about the twists at the end. Felt like Connelly didn't supply enough info during the rest of the book to make the revealing of his villain make much sense.

    I hate giving so much negative criticism to a book review. I think I'm just disappointed that I wasn't completely in love with this one. Maybe other reviews shot my expectations too high. I don't know. It's definitely worth a lesson, once. I probably won't listen to it again, and it won't be super high on my list of books to recommend. But worth picking up if you're looking for something to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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