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The Sinner Audiobook

The Sinner

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Publisher's Summary

Cora Bender killed a man. But why? What could have caused this quiet, lovable young mother to stab a stranger in the throat, again and again, until she was pulled off his body? For the local police it was an open-and-shut case. Cora confessed; there was no shortage of proof or witnesses. But Police Commissioner Rudolf Grovian refused to close the file and began his own maverick investigation. So begins the slow unraveling of Cora's past, a harrowing descent into a woman's private hell.

Hailed as Germany's Patricia Highsmith, Petra Hammesfahr has written a dark, spellbinding novel. At the top of the best seller list, The Sinner has been reprinted 16 times and sold over 760,000 copies at home. Translated into 11 languages, this is the first Hammesfahr title published in English.

©1999 Rowohlt Verlag GmbH, Reinbek bei Hamburg; English translation copyright 2007 by John Brownjohn (P)2017 Tantor

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  • Donna
    Kansas,USA
    04/06/17
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    "A FIVE"

    I was sold by the blurb describing the book.... I was not disappointed. Just the perfect blend of excellent writing, plot and character development.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Carmen
    Chile
    15/07/17
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    "Terrifyin,Dreadfull,Fantastic"

    Incredible well written, different and strange.
    Noir and sad.
    Suspenssfull, twisred, and on top all ,entertaining
    Would love to read more from this author

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • ilene
    20/06/17
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    "Great Story"

    Extremely addictive mystery- very well written with excellent narration. Impossible to put down! Highly recommend!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • joy
    LAKE ELSINORE, CA, United States
    18/06/17
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    "Interesting and unusual story."

    I listened to this story in one day plus some of the night and cried for what a tortured soul the main character was burdened with.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • kelemiller
    USA
    18/08/17
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    "Got old"

    The main character's rantings got old after 8 hours. Also when the narrator was in character she was very loud. Couldn't get the volume right. Worth the listen I guess but maybe an abridged version would be better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Oceanport, NJ, United States
    18/08/17
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    "Excruciating"

    This is the first book I've ever returned in 9 years. The book was 99% excruciating build up for 1% reveal at the end. Virtually no plot to speak of, the entire book seems to take place during police interviews at a mental hospital. I just didn't care what happened to Cora at all, and given what we eventually learn about her thats saying something. I was furious and just wanted to get to the point by the time I reached the end, not an emotion you want to invoke in your readers. Skip it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brett
    17/08/17
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    "Well written dark book"

    I think this book is well written and fascinating however, the topic was very dark. Since I believe we are what we ingest, even mentally, at times I wished I hadn't started it. It was frightening but a good book will suck you in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alixandra Hice
    Saint Augustine, FL
    13/08/17
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    "Brilliant!"

    At first the story was convoluted. Actually it was convoluted the whole way through with Cora's vacillation between truth, lies, and obstructed memories. But it was also interesting trying to keep up with it all. The story does require concentration. But that's the fun part. The author's ability to spin yarn after yarn interspersed with morsels of truth, is admirable. To think and write like an emotionally compromised woman and still construct a compelling (albeit confusing) story is pure genius. For those who couldn't muster the wherewithal to follow the plot, they certainly forfeited a treat. I loved this book! It was impeccable brain exercise with a reward for the reader. It induced such a range of emotions and feels. All the characters were carefully portrayed... right down to the wise and lovely Mario. This book is a kaleidoscope of conversations, guilt, lies, mental and emotional trauma, abuse, and finally redemption, all tied up with a beautiful bow of humanity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrea Hern
    REDDING, CA, US
    08/08/17
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    "INTENSE PSYCHOLOGICAL RIDE!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sinner to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The reader was awesome. I think her reading/acting made the book!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sinner?

    Too many to count and don't want to give anything away.


    What about Christa Lewis’s performance did you like?

    Her accents. The different tones she use. The quiet way she speaks to get your attention.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The closeness of the sisters. The doggedness of the detective.


    Any additional comments?

    Tough tough subject matter. But if you are in the mood for a head trip, listen to this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Storm
    04/08/17
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    "Great performance!!"

    I loved the book! The narrator did a fantastic job. Her ability to convey so much emotion while reading the story was really spectacularly done. You can't help but be drawn in. I couldn't wait to be able to listen to more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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