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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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    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 02-27-17
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 02-27-17 Member Since 2012

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    "Connelly Does It Without Bosch--McEvoyGoodReporter"

    I am a big fan of Connelly. This book shows his skill and ability to pull the reader in. Jack McEvoy is a journalist in Denver when his twin brother, Shawn, a Denver detective, commits suicide. Jack doesn't believe it. He decides to investigate. His editor at the paper at first doesn't want him to write a story but then after Jack finds some 'facts' that don't fit neatly into suicide, relents. Jack follows the trail to Chicago, where a detective committed suicide under similar circumstances. The story continues to the FBI and to other cities where homicide, always homicide, detectives have committed suicide after becoming obsessive about a recent case, usually a child murder. Jack thinks this is too coincidental. He gets inside the FBI because it is his information that first exposed the issues. Connelly writes with ability and skill that only someone who has done his homework can do. He was on the crime desk of the LA Times before becoming a famous author. The book is not Harry Bosch but it is compelling and leaves you twisting with who is The Poet right up to the end. Even then you aren't sure about what happens to The Poet. Good writers do that. they can wrap up the book but leave enough doubt to make you read the next installment.

    The audible book is terrific. Narrator Buck Schirner was a good voice for all the characters. I have not heard him but would listen to more books he narrates.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States 02-23-17
    Tim Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States 02-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Little thin on the plots and narration"

    A story with strong potential and weak on execution. The narrator kills it from time to time. But then, the plot is veiled and gets thin at times. I think Michael tried to cram a little to much excitement into the story and lost effect in the end. The love story between Rachael and Jack isn't pulled off very well, almost detracts.

    This being said, it is a must read as there are foundation items to other events in the Harry Bosch series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Clare Broomfield, CO, United States 01-20-17
    Clare Broomfield, CO, United States 01-20-17 Member Since 2011

    Author of romance and women's fiction, violinist and horse trainer.

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    "Narrator tries too hard"

    I might have enjoyed this as a read rather than a listen. The narrator has a strange, flat, over pronounced style.
    I wondered if the author had spent much time in Colorado before deciding on it as a setting. No one from Colorado would ever refer to "the Rocky Mountain National Park". One of the important incidents takes place at Bear Lake, but the authors description of the area is totally off base.
    Little things don't add up in the story. One of the main explanations for how the murderer incapacitates his victims is just not believable. Three Tylenol with codeine tablets would not render any healthy grown man incapable of functioning. Mistakes like this pop up throughout the story as though he needs to come up with something, believable or not.
    The sex between the main characters feels "pasted" on the story. Really, what sane person, after witnessing a couple of killings and getting shot in the hand wants to have sex?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Darin 12-28-16
    Darin 12-28-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Set speed at 1.25"

    Once I set the speed at 1.25 I was able to get passed the annoyingly slow narration. I almost returned the book at the first chapter. Really glad I didn't.
    The story was a little slow to pick up, but once it did it was a great read.

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    Kimberly Walker 10-25-16
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    "Love Connelly, don't love this book 😢"

    I love the Harry Bosch and Mickey Baller audio books, but I just couldn't get into this. Waste of a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Katz 08-23-15
    A. Katz 08-23-15

    kindle lover

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    "Barely finished this book"

    I first put down this book because suicide is a sensitive topic and I had a hard time making it through the first half hour of dwelling over suicide/depression etc.
    After that I kept getting fed up with the 'getting the story' aspect of the book. The journalist gets criticized for being a journalist and sometimes he does act kind of sleazy trying to get his story.

    If you can make it through that there is a good murder mystery with some good plot twists.

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    Margie Ruiz 07-21-15
    Margie Ruiz 07-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredible!!!"

    Michael Connelly is officially my new favorite author! The twists and turns of this book were so well thought out! Just when you think you have it figured out...nope. HIGHLY recommend it!!!

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    Kevin 06-29-15
    Kevin 06-29-15 Member Since 2010

    Husband, Dad, Principal, Adjunct prof, RC Deacon, radio co-host, story teller, NYer, walker, & occasional sipper of fine whisk(e)y,

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    "Another great summer read!"

    Well written, creepy, exciting, satisfying great performance by Mr. Schirner. Perfect for the beach or backyards

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J.B. 01-28-15
    J.B. 01-28-15

    Reading, the arts and physical activity clarify, explain, illustrate, and interpret life’s goods and bads.

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    "A little Connelly, a Little Poe, and Dual Stories"

    The Poet tells one tale of an FBI search for a pedophile infanticide; which then morphs into a second story of deception and trust. In the first, one might say the good guys get their man, but not without loss of life and virtue. In the second story, the lack of blind trust in love is the genesis of the tributary tragedy. The book is a page turner as is any Michael Connelly novel. Michael Connelly does not hesitate to bring one to the edge of horror, but thankfully does it with literary panache rather than putrid descriptions. Connelly’s style is the more effective. An extra added excitement in the tale is the interlacing short references to Edgar Allan Poe’s work. Not much, but enough to give the story additional depth, found memories of prior readings of Poe’s poems and stories, and an essential carry through theme between the two tiers of stories. If one wants to be entertained, one can certainly find it in The Poet.

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    John 12-31-14
    John 12-31-14
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    "Best Connelly book yet"

    I started listening to Connelly from his first book written. Seems to makes sense for Connelly since he uses people and events from prior books into his future books. So far the Poet has been the best. I am still amazed that Connelly can produce one great book after another. Highly recommend. Just put the next Connelly book in my wish list.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • 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...

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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