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The Sinner Audiobook
The Sinner
Written by: 
Tess Gerritsen
Narrated by: 
Anna Fields
The Sinner Audiobook

The Sinner

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Publisher's Summary

The cloistered grounds of the convent have traditionally represented a place of faith and peace. Now, that peace is shattered as two nuns are found, one dead, one mortally wounded. The killings appear to be without motive, without an obvious suspect, and are further complicated by the murder and mutilation of a third woman. Together, medical examiner Maura Isles and intense, moody homicide detective Jane Rizzoli (both introduced in earlier Tess Gerritsen novels) uncover an ancient horror that connects these terrible slaughters. As long-buried secrets come to light, Isles finds herself drawn inexorably towards the heart of an investigation that strikes closer to home, and towards a dawning revelation about the killer's identity too shattering to consider.

©2003 Tess Gerritsen; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A briskly paced, terrifically suspenseful work that steadily builds towards a tense and terrifying climax." (People)
"Another captivating, horrific thriller in her extremely popular canon." (Booklist)

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    Alalia Lundy 06-04-12
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    "I Love the Author, Dislike the Narrator"
    What did you like best about The Sinner? What did you like least?

    I liked best the building up of the characters. I liked least the Narrator. Horrible. She makes Maura sound so stuffy and stale. Sheesh! I am forcing myself to listen to the rest. This is a must read, do not listen if you can't get past boring speak.


    If you???ve listened to books by Tess Gerritsen before, how does this one compare?

    I love Tess's books, they are always a good read. I have listened to many of her books out of order so I have gotten used to better narrator's who clearly understand the characters, so I feel as if I know them and how they are supposed to sound. This Narrator, was OMG!!! sooooo boring, I was actually pissed that she totally had Maura's voice all wrong. She made her sound like a stale, unattractive, old lady, with a chip on her shoulder. The description of Maura and the voice were sooooo different. Other narrators from other Rizzoli and Isles books made her sound beautifully smart, yet very book wise, shy, quiet, but strong willed. I am actually still in the middle of this book. I don't think it is the best of the Rizzoli Series, simply because this is an earlier one where her characters lives, Maura and Jane's are really being built up, whereas other books are really and truly about the mystery of the murder, that's ok though, and actually if you read them in order it will be fine, remember I know more about the characters than I should while reading this book.If you are a Rizzoli and Isles fan and you haven't read this yet, READ it, if you listen to it you will be thoroughly upset. I will force myself to listen to the rest.I love the way Tess build upon each character in each book. I started out with Ice Cold, Awesome book and narrator, then Body Double, then Silent Girl which is the absolute BEST EVER and the latest. Then I realized, hey you are reading them out of order. The only reason it matters is because her main charaters lives are built up with each novel and new characters are introduced. Anywhoooo... that is my 2 cents. Oh Oh and just a side note, I can't really get into the TV show just yet because Hollywood has changed the characters up too much for me, well Maura that is. Jane is almost just as I pictured her, love that actress, but the other one is well, just not Maura :-)Enjoy Yall!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Anna Fields?

    Tanya Eby is an Awesome Narrator for Tess's Books. She has the characters spot on.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Only if they didn't change the characters like they did in the TV show.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Line Rohnert Park, CA, United States 09-06-11
    Jennifer Line Rohnert Park, CA, United States 09-06-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Asked Dr. Gerritsen About Pronunciation"

    I really enjoyed this book. I had read reviews talking about the way the narrator pronounced Rizzoli as "Ritzoli" as I found it a tiny bit distracting as well. I was fortunate enough to meet Dr. Gerritsen at a book signing for her latest novel & mentioned the way the narrator pronounced it. She explained it as the way a Bostonian would pronounce it. Her example was "Hey..Ritzoli." and did it in the dialect like this narrator did. I would have preferred the narrator to stay in a regional dialect through out as that would have made it clearer to the listener. Anyway, after she said that, it made a lot more sense to me. If you like the TNT series, Rizzoli & Isles, this book as well as The Surgeon are combined for the pilot episode. I don't want to give anything away as I enjoyed both reading and listening to these books. I highly recommend this series to anyone who likes police/medical examiner murder mysteries. One thing I loved from listening to Dr. Gerritsen was that she came up with the idea for this series from a suggestion from one of her readers at a book signing. The woman asked if she could do a book with murderers & kinky sex. It's always great to learn that authors do take in to consideration what their readers would like. I hope this clears up the pronounciation issues for any listeners who may have been put off by some of the reviews. She researches her books thoroughly and if there is something she wants in her books that she doesn't personally know, she does web, book & interviews with people in those fields of study to make sure the information she is putting in her books is as accurate as possible. And don't worry fans, I also expressed my dismay that The Surgeon is only available abridged, which she did not know. So, maybe if the future we will get an unabridged version of that book. Please give this series a try, you won't be sorry

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry 10-21-12
    Sherry 10-21-12 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself! Retired School Principal and love mysteries, thrillers, and science fiction print and audio books.

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    "Another Great Book in the Series"
    What made the experience of listening to The Sinner the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is wonderful and does a good job of lending her voice and expression to match the mood of the story. The ending makes you want to read or listen to the next book in the series right away to find out what Rizolli does regarding her pregnancy situation.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maura Isles -- she is still somewhat of an unknown with a very deep and multi-faceted personality and background.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Dr. Isles' exhusband shows up


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

    It had some humor in it as well as excitement and mystery


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the money or credit point

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 09-04-07
    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 09-04-07
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    "almost wonderful"

    Terrific suspense and character development. What keeps me from giving it 5 stars are the prologue and the last chapter, both of which are unnnecessary -- the book would stand much better without them.

    For reasons I can't explain, I want to say that this is more of a women't mystery. Take that as you will.

    I look forward to reading more of this author, and the narrator is excellent; always an important consideration.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 08-20-15
    Linda 08-20-15
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    "Enjoyable Listening"

    I really enjoyed this book, because the story was good and there were some surprises.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth B. Fisher 08-15-15 Member Since 2015

    realitycheck

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    "Good for its genre"

    Similar to others in this genre. The characters are all just a touch outside reality. Good for a flight or hours on the beach.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandie Mechanicsville, MD, United States 05-21-13
    Sandie Mechanicsville, MD, United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Come on Anna!"
    Did Anna Fields do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She did a great job with all the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Anna's pronunciation of Rizzoli has a "t" in it. It is not Ritzoli!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bill New Lenox, IL, United States 03-10-11
    Bill New Lenox, IL, United States 03-10-11
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    "Good...but not great!"

    This was a decent read, but it didn't really excite me. Gerritsen has a good plot with interesting and unique events and relationships, but the characters are not deeply developed and the coincidences necessary to complete the plot line were a little bizarre.

    For what it is this book is functional, but it's certainly not great literature.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Lafayette, LA 03-09-11
    Lisa Lafayette, LA 03-09-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Narration is one of the poorest I've heard"

    I wish I had bought the written book instead. The narration is toneless, the voice used for Maura Isles sounds like a dead person, and in my opinion, any 6th grade reader would have done as good a job. Just a book read aloud - no imagination or character in the narration whatsover.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Columbus, GA, United States 06-20-15
    Paul Columbus, GA, United States 06-20-15 Member Since 2005
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    "storyline good, Mora is depressing, not great voic"

    story was great. Narrator didn't do much voice differentiation. Hard to take Moras self reflection

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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