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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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Great Thriller! Could not stop after chapter 3!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would absolutely recommend this audibook. There is something on Buck Schiner voice that makes it you believe and feel close to Jack. I think the voice fits perfectly. As usual, it is difficult to get used to the voice in the beginning for me but once you get into the story, Buck narration shines. <br/><br/>The story takes you through different stages and I'd love to listen how everything developed. I felt involved in the story as I was trying to find myself what was happening.

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

I have not read/listen many thrillers, I would say that my thoughts and feelings were closed to those I had when listening The Cuckoo's Calling

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

Jack by far.... Detective Beckas was a good one as well

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

Not really. It made me think and that was all I wanted..

Any additional comments?

A good thriller and a good buy if you enjoy serial killer thrillers.

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Suspenseful!!

Excellent book...very suspenseful & thought-provoking. Loved it up until the last few chapters, so without giving away the ending it just went beyond what was believable (up until that point), and lost me. Would definitely recommend it!!

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Nowhere near his best.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This book seems contrived to me relative to a Bosch book

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The centrai premise, that a reporter would be "embedded" in the FBI, is not believable. Also, there is a point in the book where the propostion is that everybody gets bore and sleepy on a stakeout waiting on a serial killer, so our hero goes for coffee. Really?

What about Buck Schirner’s performance did you like?

Lost of good voices

Was The Poet worth the listening time?

Untill the end, yes. The end is a bad joke.

Any additional comments?

Don't let this be your first Connelly.

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A great listen if you are old enough

If you can remember the world before cell phones, instant messages and remember the thrill of your first phone modem this is a great book. If you don't remember it well its still a good story but may be a bit dated. I'm old enough, and I loved it.

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  • Linda
  • Tuscaloosa, AL, United States
  • 10-27-13

Dated but who cares...it's great!

Where does The Poet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 25...

What did you like best about this story?

The twists and turns, it fooled me to the very end and I can usually see what's coming. Also there were many humorous moments that had me laughing down the road.

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

I really grew to love this narrator, he did a great job...I guess the main character Jack would be my favorite.

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

A fox in the henhouse....

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The best ending ever!

This was awesome. I am truly a MC fan after this book. One of my top 5 books. The ending is the best ever.

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  • Donna
  • SUFFOLK, VA, United States
  • 07-14-13

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.

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  • David
  • APO, AE, United States
  • 07-12-13

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.

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  • Joel
  • NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States
  • 07-09-13

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.

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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