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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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    Bodiccea 11-09-14
    Bodiccea 11-09-14
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    "Not for the gentle readers"
    Any additional comments?

    This might be a great book but I couldn't finish it. If you are squeamish about cruelty and graphic descriptions, you'll want to give this a miss.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Think about this 08-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved this book!"

    Jack McEvoy's twin commits suicide, but Jack doesn't believe it, thus begins the search for the truth. And boy, what a search it becomes: a one man struggle to find out what really happened to his brother that puts his own life in danger. He's a reporter that makes a huge discovery that ends up involving the FBI with one agent in particular, Rachel Walling working closely with Jack (very closely indeed) on the case.
    This is an extremely intriguing 'who done it' that kept me up til the wee hours of the morning, just to find out what would happen with the bad guy, and this one has twists and turns aplenty, even after you think the case is solved.
    The narration was very good, but I did switch back and forth between listening and reading.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Eric MALIBU, CA, United States 03-03-13
    Eric MALIBU, CA, United States 03-03-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Best Connelly I have listened to"

    I have followed Harry Bosch and the Lincoln Lawyer, and I came to this one with some skepticism, putting it down after a day because I decided I did not want a detective book about a pedophile and murderer. When I needed a new read, I picked it back up, and I was soon hooked. This was the most multilayered and tightly knit Connelly I have listened to. Performance was excellent, but not at the same level as readers like auberjois or ballerini.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sally Davis 01-10-12
    Sally Davis 01-10-12
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    "Outdated"

    I was again fooled by audible into thinking this was a new release. I usually research online to get original release date to keep from listening to books I have already read. They got me on this one. It was originally released in 1997! Please Audible, sto trying to hide the original release date, it only make you look like you have something to hide. It is a fine book and the technological advances in criminology and communication are interesting. I do not regret buying it but I am disappointed in Audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cherepanova Reading UK 01-02-10
    Cherepanova Reading UK 01-02-10
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    "Very entertaining"

    Love the book. The story is full of twists and unfolds dramatically, there is no gaps, I had all the answers. Read a lot of negative critigue about the narrator, but I had no problems with a deep narrator's voice here, this is a matter of preference.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    G. Steyn Newton, MA United States 02-12-09
    G. Steyn Newton, MA United States 02-12-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Solid novel improved by the narration"

    "The Poet" is a very good police procedural, but not exceptional. A reporter tracks a serial killer through some unpredictable plot twists.

    But, for me, the narrator raised this into 5-star territory. Even the most minor walk-on parts have their own distinct voices, and have more individuality than Connelly gave them. I was very impressed.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Snowy Marigold 03-23-10
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    "Eh"

    Interesting plot, but the writing itself is often awkward. The few suspenseful moments and paired with long periods of time with little happening. Characters are one dimensional. The narration was also often awkward and poorly acted. Overall, not very good. I definitely will not listen to this one again.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    rob 03-22-09
    rob 03-22-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Masterful"

    I have enjoyed every Michael Connelly book so far. The Poet was a standout. The story line moved quickly and the characters were varied and well developed. The plot twists kept you wondering what would happen next. I hope there are more books based on these main characters.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Fayetteville, AR, United States 01-11-09
    Dan Fayetteville, AR, United States 01-11-09 Member Since 2016
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    "You can't miss with Connelly"

    For the Connelly fans, this book is a little different. Missing are his two great characters, Detective Harry Bosch and Attorney Mickey Haller. Not missing is Connelly's ability to tell a story that holds the reader's attention. The Poet, whose villain reappears in one of the Harry Bosch books, has two main characters, Reporter Jack McElvoy and FBI Agent Rachel Waller. Their adventures are worth the read and as is usually the case with Connelly characters, they have enough warts to make you appreciate the good parts. The story has enough twists and turns and clues and red herrings for anyone who likes this genre. Connelly fans will miss Harry Bosch and non-Conelly fans will want to try more.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 03-10-10
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 03-10-10 Member Since 2017
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    "One Twist Too Many"

    This was a good book and well on its way to five stars when, for some inexplicable reason, Connelly decided to add one final twist in the last hour or so before it ended. I saw this twist coming and I kept saying aloud, "no, no." But my pleas went unanswered. Up to this point there were enough twists to hold my interest in what I thought was a very well-told story with excellent narration by Schirner (despite the British pronunciation of pEdophile which drove my to distraction). Jack McEvoy is a much more likable character than Henry Bosch, although he possesses some of the same human frailties. Most of the other major characters in this book are well conceived and are in sync with the story line. I would have ended the book differently and tied up some of the remaining loose ends. But maybe that's why Connelly is a best-selling author and I'm not (although we both graduated from the University of Florida). I'm listening to The Scarecrow right now, which is another McEvoy novel. I probably should have listened to The Narrows first, but don't ask me why until you finish The Poet. It's well worth the Audible credit.

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
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  • Andrew
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    10/25/17
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    "Excellent listen."

    great story line right to the end. looking forward to the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sean Dynan
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    8/18/17
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    "Strange story"

    I'm a big fan of Connelly and wish he would write another Lincoln Lawyer. But this is a poorly written thriller, laced with cliched dialog and unexplained motives. It almost seems old fashioned.

    The narrator did a good job, though.

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  • lincolnf2006
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    "Harry Reborn"

    Brilliant and the performance even better. I couldn't help but get flashbacks to the Harry Bosch days though

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sally Sumbler
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    "Gripping story."

    Enjoyed this book from start to finish. For me this one one of those that I couldn't stop listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew Gracie
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    6/29/17
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    "perfect crime fiction. "

    brilliantly narrated, twisty crime tale. Well written and measured. We'll have that and more I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seacadence
    5/30/17
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    "Gripping"

    loved it. I could barely stop listening yet I didn't want to it end, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy
    9/24/16
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    "not for me"

    I tried a few times to listen but the narrator's drone put me off completely. I'll take more care in future to listen to the sample narration. As for the story, no idea if it's any good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • bibliophile
    England
    8/5/16
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    "Excellent reading and a clever plot."

    Some intricate plotting and beautifully read. This is an interesting listen with clear characterisation, though the final plot twists may be taking things a bit too far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steph in Nottingham
    7/8/16
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    "Flashback to a different time. 1996."

    Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this book but I have to admit the explanations of how you can fax from a computer and how a digital camera works had me laughing out loud. Did we really ever live without Google? So yes it's a bit dated but still a good story with the usual twists and turns. If you can get it in a sale (as I did) it's worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas Wyatt
    5/29/16
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    "The greatest"

    This is the greatest crime novel of all time. With a great narrator as well

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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