• Listen to Me

  • Rizzoli & Isles, Book 13
  • By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (373 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Rizzoli & Isles are back! From New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen, this “shocking and fast-paced” (Karin Slaughter) thriller has Jane and Maura investigating a brutal murder with dire implications, and this time, with Jane’s intrepid mother, Angela, looking into a mystery of her own.

“Absolutely first rate—readers will be thrilled and delighted by this new Rizzoli & Isles outing!”—Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

Mothers know best . . . But who will listen?

Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles are newly plagued by what seems like a completely senseless murder. Sofia Suarez, a widow and nurse who was universally liked by her neighbors, lies bludgeoned to death in her own home. But anything can happen behind closed doors, and Sofia seemed to have plenty of secrets in her last days, making covert phone calls to traceless burner phones. When Jane finally makes a connection between Sofia and the victim of a hit-and-run from months earlier, the case only grows more blurry. What exactly was Sofia involved in? One thing is clear: The killer will do anything it takes to keep their secret safe. 

Meanwhile, Angela Rizzoli hasn’t had a decent night’s sleep in all the years since her daughter became a homicide detective. Maybe the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree: Nothing in Angela’s neighborhood gets by her—not the gossip about a runaway teenager down the block and definitely not the strange neighbors who have just moved in across the street. Angela’s sure there’s no such thing as coincidence in her sleepy suburb. If only Jane would listen—instead she writes off Angela’s concerns as the result of an overactive imagination. But Angela’s convinced there’s a real wolf in her vicinity, and her cries might now fall on deaf ears. 

With so much happening on the Sofia case, Jane and Maura already struggle to see the forest for the trees, but will they lose sight of something sinister happening much closer to home? 

©2022 Tess Gerritsen (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“In the 13th audiobook of the Rizzoli and Isles mystery series, Tanya Eby performs with charm and intensity as Detective Jane Rizzoli, Dr. Maura Isles, and Jane's mother, Angela, resolve not one, but five cases in the Boston area. Eby employs gasps and shortened phrases as she becomes a young woman who is being chased by a stranger and then ends up the victim of a hit-and-run. Suspense builds in Eby's voice as Jane and Maura follow clues surrounding a murder that leads to two more murders and a kidnapping. Eby subtly slips into several New England accents as Angela searches for the reasons that long-standing neighbors seem unconcerned when their daughter goes missing and new neighbors are behaving peculiarly. A heartfelt performance filled with suspenseful twists and turns.”—AudioFile Magazine

“Suspenseful and clever—nobody is who they seem to be in this shocking and fast-paced mystery.”—New York Times and internationally bestselling author Karin Slaughter 

“I loved Listen to Me. Only the super-talented Tess Gerritsen can meld multiple storylines so successfully while she keeps the twists coming, the pages turning, and the blood spray arterial.”—Lisa Scottoline, #1 bestselling author of What Happened to the Bennetts 

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This was an Unexpected Surprise!!!!

It feels like it’s been a very long time since I’ve seen a new Rizzoli & Isles book. It has actually been a long 5 years. I was beginning to think that maybe Gerritsen had written this series out. I’m very happy to see this addition to the series.
This is the 13th book in the series. It reads like a standalone. There are some relationships that are not completely clear without having read the previous books but it’s not a necessity to be able to enjoy this book.
Following a series of events including murder, stalking and Jane Rizzoli’s mother contacting her
about some strange new neighbors nothing appears to be connected. Jane’s mother continuously tries to contact her daughter on numerous occasions but Jane keeps blowing her off. She considers her mother’s calls a nuisance.
This is a true mystery. There are twists, red herrings and a super procedural that will keep your interest.
Tanya Eby does a fantastic job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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Rizzoli and Maura Isles are back!

As usual I learned about Listen to Me by reading the review written by Audible reviewer Shelley who I followed for at least a decade. I read her listener page several times a week. She is now the only reviewer I follow. Shelley consistently writes the most informative reviews of novels of the mystery/thriller genre and its subganres. She is amazing at finding great new authors. She is now 825 reviews from reaching the incredible 50,000 helpful votes mark. Let's help her achieve this landmark feat soon.

During my 16 years listening to Audible books I have listened to and rated an average of 250 audiobooks annually (I was retired when I started). Although I have slowed down my rate of listening substantially during the last two years I still purchase well over 100 credits a year. And I write far fewer reviews.

Listen to Me is the 13th release in her Rizzoli & Isles series by Tess Gerritsen. The series began in 2001. It is the first novel in the series in five years. It has a wonderful plot line but the main character in neither Jane nor Maura. It is Jane's mother Angela. Angela Rizzoli has been a significant character in the series since its inception and it's fun to have her take on a major character role. Tanya Eby does a great job of narration. I highly recommend this audiobook.

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Not what I expected

I haven’t read Gerritsen for a while. This book clearly is not up to the standards of her earliest works. What annoyed me most about Listen to Me is that the author included a cozy mystery involving Jane’s mother simultaneously with what I considered the more important investigation. I never don’t cared for cozy mysteries. This was a disappointment.

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Can't finish, narration is pretty bad

Unfortunately I can't listen anymore to see if the story is good or not, the narrator is really, really bad. It's almost like she gasps for air after each sentence and she over pronunciates every, single word. I wanted to try and overlooked a few reviews that stated similar issues but I just can't listen any more. Narration is one of the most important features in the books I like to listen to and I would rather lose the credit and get another book than listen anymore.

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Whew I Made It

I didn't think I would make it through this book based on the narration. I pushed through because I love this series so much. It was interesting enough to keep me listening but not up to the standards of typical Rizzoli & Isles.

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Least favorite in the series

Wish there was less focus on Angela. Would have preferred more with main characters.

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story was great

I was so excited for a new tess gerritsen book, and the story was exciting, I knew who the bad guy was pretty early on, but enjoyed the story anyway. not fond of the narrator, she sounds like and electronic reader, like your GPS, and she over enunciates everything, I really hope you love hearing every "t" in each word, because this is the book for you, if you do!!

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Tess Gerritsen never disappoints!

As soon as I saw this was another Rizzoli & Isles, I had to get it. All the fully developed characters I have come to love and the storyline did not disappoint! The narrator (Tanya Eby) sounds a little robotic at first, but she had great voices for the characters.

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Too woke! Want a refund!!

She used to be a great writer but she is pander to the woke nation!!

Not cool Tess!

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Dragged in places

A little convoluted. I daydreamed through parts of it and like a soap opera, could pick up where I left off.