Graham Greene explores corruption and atonement in this penetrating novel set in 1930s Mexico during the era of Communist religious persecutions. As revolutionaries determine to stamp out the evils of the church through violence, the last Roman Catholic priest is on the lam, hunted by a police lieutenant. Despite his own sense of worthlessness—he is a heavy drinker and has fathered an illegitimate child—he is determined to continue to function as a priest until captured. He is contrasted with Padre Jose, a priest who has accepted marriage and embodies humiliation.
A Christian parable pitting God and religion against 20th-century materialism, The Power and the Glory is considered by many, including the author himself, to be Greene’s best work.
©1940, 1962, 1968 by Graham Greene (P)1990 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“As brilliantly written as it is magnificently conceived.” (Chicago Sun)
Throughout the presentation I felt a strong emotion of emptiness and sadness, while feeling the deeper beauty of the ongoing human struggle.
In print? YES! This recording? NO! Why? Terrible sound quality + poor and affected narration.
A Feast of Snakes by Harry Crews.
If it must be an English accent: Simon Vance. Kenneth Branagh. Colin Firth. But it would be interesting to hear with a slight Spanish accent. The story is, after all, set in Mexico. Maybe Benicio Del Toro?
Unlistenable. Couldn't finish.
Buyer Beware: Listen to the sample before you waste a credit.
This is such a good book. If this book were required reading in high school English instead of the catcher in the Rye, the world would be a much better place.
I had to read this book for a class. I had too many reading assignments and it seemed impossible to do all of the by myself. I decided to try audiobook and it was a complete success. You can control the speed of the narrator from slow to fast which helped me finish the book in two days! The narrator changed his tone when switching from one character to the other which helped me keep the story straight in my head!
One of the five best books I have read in the past 10 years. A tour de force!
I don't want to spoil the book for those who have not read it. But the ending is very beautiful.
I loved the story, most especially the inner life of the whiskey priest and his inner conflict with himself and with God.
The Samurai by Shusaku Endo. It is not as dark, but you get inside the mind of a friar who is a missionary in Japan and experiences inner conflict between himself and God.
I would have preferred if he had kept his tone more one tone. He speaks softly at times where the listener cannot really hear all that is said, and then staccato's specific words that come out very loud. So it is just difficult to listen to.
Just moments where the Whiskey Priest is hateful of himself and is ridden with the guilt of sin in his life.
Despite the narration, this is a great book. Enjoy it!
Someone from Britain who is attuned to listening to old men completely butchering Spanish pronunciations and can decipher a deep inarticulate voice.
The whiskey priest
His voice was simply not articulate and I had to read along. There was no point in this Audible
I read this book years ago and loved it-- even raved to people about what a good book it is.I eagerly ordered it, looking to re-live the joy and intrigue I felt when I read it the first time. However, the narrator choice for this book completely kills the story for me. The quality of the audio seems to be far below the standards I've come to expect from other Audible titles as well.
The narrator's performance seemed to lack clarity and passion. It comes across as very monotonous and difficult to hear. I only made it through a few chapters before moving on.
The story itself is great-- if you can find a different narrator or have time to read the print version, it's a great book!
Eric Damian Kelly
It had been a LONG time since I had read Graham Greene. This book made me glad that I had returned and led me to read or listen to two or three others immediately -- and I will do more.
The power of the characters as woven into the plot.
Not sure I can pick one.
I was ready to cry as it finished. We were listening in the car and I turned to my wife and said, 'That is not just fiction. It is too powerful." That led me to read some biographical information on Greene which confirmed that in fact the affair was probably based on one in his own life. Normally on a long car trip I finish one book on tape and start the next one. I could not start another one for a good while after finishing this -- I wanted silence.
I try to be positive in general, but for me to give something 5 stars across the board is VERY unusual. Highly recommended.
Although not his best known, this is probably Greene's best, and certainly most powerful, book, depicting the holiness of a priest who does know know he is holy, and in fact believes the opposite is true. Well worth listening to!
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