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The Poet

Written by: Michael Connelly
Narrated by: Buck Schirner
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Publisher's Summary

FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE HARRY BOSCH AND LINCOLN LAWYER SERIES

An electrifying standalone thriller that breaks all the rules!

Death is reporter Jack McEvoy's beat: his calling, his obsession. But this time, death brings McEvoy the story he never wanted to write - and the mystery he desperately needs to solve. A serial killer of unprecedented savagery and cunning is at large. His targets: homicide cops, each haunted by a murder case he couldn't crack. The killer's calling card: a quotation from the works of Edgar Allan Poe. His latest victim is McEvoy's own brother. And his last...may be McEvoy himself.

©1996 by Michael Connelly. (P)1996 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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awesome book

A really good listen. lots of twists and turns. narrator was also excellent. I have to listen to book 2

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the poet

awesome book. loved every minute..great story. kept me on the edge if my seat. great writer as usual..

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Stick with it

The first ten minutes did not catch my attention, I must admit. Ended up great!

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  • JSF
  • 2018-11-28

Narration makes it difficult to get into

I definitely enjoyed the story and the book, but I found the narration difficult to listen to and get into so I sped it up to 1.5x and it made a significant difference. I’ve had this book tabled to listen to for months now, but this was the only solution to get me following the story! I also hate how he pronounces pedophile PEEDOPHILE!

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Good story, mediocre ending

The Poet had potential, interesting story, good twists, but left loose ends that made me feel disappointed in the investment (time, not money) in this book. Think the author could have done better by his fans.

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Great story

Captivating from beginning to end. Gives new meaning to "a surprise ending". This is the second Michael Connelly book I've read, and both were outstanding.

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good story

author is great as usual and is the narrator.good listen and kept me guessing til the end.

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Good but a little clunky

The story is good, but it sort of bumps and clunks along in parts; a little awkward in its delivery. Still worth the read.

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Unexpectedly Good

I found this a bit long. However it tied everything up nice.
Dont think I would recommend, however an okay read. Good to pass the time.

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  • Joe
  • 2020-09-07

Time to switch authors.

These stories are starting to just repeat previous novels by the same author. It's not terrible but after listening to a few of these you quickly realize it's just plugging new names in. Every event was expected.

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  • Chip Atkinson
  • 2014-08-10

Great Villain Mystery

This story revolves around reporter Jack McEvoy and FBI agent Rachel Walling. While I read all of Connelly in order years ago, I actually listened to the sequel of The Poet, the Harry Bosch novel The Narrows, first. Even though I knew who the villain was this was a riveting story.

You don't have to listen to many of Connelly's novel in order, but it's essential to read the Poet first if you want maximum shock value.

A great audio experience...

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  • Bodiccea
  • 2014-11-09

Not for the gentle readers

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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.

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  • Tom
  • 2012-07-12

Is Connelly the Best Crime Writer Or What?

Michael Connelly is a master. Connelly started out as a writer for a newspaper so it makes sense he would have a story about a reporter. I really like how he switched the point of view between Jack McEvoy (the reporter) and a creepy pedophile/murderer. At first there seems to be no connection in the storyline, but eventually it becomes apparant that these two are destined to clash. When I realized how early the book was was climaxing I was happy that my radar for the bad guy seemed to be intact. I was wrong.

Isn't it fun to read 20 year old books? People having to find pay phones, dial-up internet connections and no cell phone tracking.

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  • Marius
  • 2009-03-04

Poetry and potion

Another Michael Connelly blockbuster, with the requisite drama, tension, twists and turns. This guy never puts a foot wrong. An excellent airport thriller. Narration by Buck Schirner was particularly good, with effective voice variations. This was the first time I have heard him, and I will definitely be looking for more of his work. Production quality was likewise first class.

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  • Amy
  • 2012-07-13

Enjoyable but not if it's your 1st Connelly book

Would you listen to The Poet again? Why?

I liked it, I purchased it, but probably wouldn't listen again unless I'm out of new (to me) books. I'd restart the Bosch series if I couldn't read new books and then move back through to this one I suppose.

Who was your favorite character and why?

definitely Jack is my favorite character. I liked him from other books and loved reading about his background and what brought him to L.A.

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

I've never come across Buck Schirner as a narrator. I didn't mind his British pronunciations of certain words such as pedophile but I email and speak with Brits on a daily basis and often misspell American English now, myself, so it just doesn't bother me in general. I did see that some people minded his English pronunciations but his lack of the accent to go with it. I didn't even pick up on the pronunciations until I read it in the reviews after listening to the book. I think he did great. I like to just not notice the voice so I can focus on the story and I was able to, so well done.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes..

Any additional comments?

My only additional comment would be just a suggestion. I wouldn't suggest one read this as an introduction to Connelly but I say this after having read his entire Harry Bosch series and Michael Haller series and I'm just trying to read everything he's written now. So from the standpoint of a huge fan, it was a good book for me. I probably wouldn't have gotten addicted to Connelly as an author if I'd started with this book. My first one was The Drop and then I went back adn started from the first Bosch book and went from there. That's all really. I liked getting to read about Rachel before he wrote about her in books I've already read. I believe I heard the narrator say this one was published in 1996 or so... so this was written earlier than most of what I have read from him. It was cool reading about the FBI guy in these early years that in the later books he's referenced.

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  • N. Male
  • 2010-02-03

Engrossing and Well Read

If you haven't read any books by Michael Connelly, this one is sure to get you hooked. Mr. Connelly can develop a story with plot twists that can surprise you until the very end. Buck Schirner's reading was very well done. I found it hard to stop listening when I had to.

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  • Eric
  • 2013-03-03

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.

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  • cindersmom
  • 2009-10-10

My First 5 Star

I wondered how long it would be before I felt a book was so good that I would give the coveted five star's, and I found it in this one. I have listened or read most all of Michael Connelly novels and have never been disappointed but this one was by far the best, I did not think any Connelly book without Harry Bosch could be a complete winner, but it was. It walked a perfect line of suspense and twists, I did figure out who the real "bad guy" was about half way though but was never really sure until the very end. Don't pass this one up!

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  • Dottie B.
  • 2009-10-23

A mixed review

I was excited to listen to this book based on the reviews. While there were some parts that were exciting and not predictable, the ending completely fell apart for me. I won't spoil the ending, but to me, it was contrived, sloppy and unbelievable.
The ending kindof made the whole book a disappointment for me.

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  • Paula
  • 2013-04-29

Stellar Cliffhangers Ending Every Chapter!

It has been a while since I've enjoyed a crime/mystery story as much as this one. Told through the narrative of a Denver-based newspaper reporter who became a central figure in a compelling criminal investigation, this is one you don't want to miss. If you have an interest in plausible, highly engaging crime/mystery books, this story will capture you from the very first words.

I can't reveal more of the gist of the story, because practically anything I offer would give away some element of the plot. Just know that it is an intellectually satisfying book with twists and turns that make you want to keep listening all night. Every chapter has a mini-cliffhanger that requires you to keep listening -- or you'll lie awake thinking about for hours! I was eager to get back to ithisone every time I had to put it down. Best of all, there are no gimmicky endings here! Connelly has ended the story in a way that answers questions, resolves mysteries and leaves the reader believing that this one. . .just might be true.

Add to that the fact that Buck Schirner's performance is masterful and you have a book that is very much worth the price of admission. I highly recommend it.

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  • Caroline CARUELLE
  • 2019-05-01

Un très bon moment

La diction et le jeu d'acteur de Buck Schirner servent à merveille cet excellent roman de Michael Connelly. Très bon divertissement

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  • Remi
  • 2013-11-07

Le poète - un polar qui nous tient sur les dents

À lire ou à écouter. Un suspense qui nous donne envie de tourner les pages sans répit.