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The Power and the Glory Audiobook
The Power and the Glory
Written by: 
Graham Greene
Narrated by: 
Bernard Mayes
The Power and the Glory Audiobook

The Power and the Glory

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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

“As brilliantly written as it is magnificently conceived.” (Chicago Sun)

What Members Say

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    Wayne L. Beck 05-05-16
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    "The Emptiness and Beauty of the Human Struggle"

    Throughout the presentation I felt a strong emotion of emptiness and sadness, while feeling the deeper beauty of the ongoing human struggle.

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    FMA 05-05-16
    FMA 05-05-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Poor, Outdated Recording of Greene's Best Book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    In print? YES! This recording? NO! Why? Terrible sound quality + poor and affected narration.


    What other book might you compare The Power and the Glory to and why?

    A Feast of Snakes by Harry Crews.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bernard Mayes?

    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?


    Was The Power and the Glory worth the listening time?

    Unlistenable. Couldn't finish.


    Any additional comments?

    Buyer Beware: Listen to the sample before you waste a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Sacramento, CA, United States 02-10-16
    Michael Sacramento, CA, United States 02-10-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Spectacular book"

    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.

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    ilham 02-10-16
    ilham 02-10-16
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    "Very clear and helped me a lot"

    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!

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    David Pugh 05-08-15
    David Pugh 05-08-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Incredible book!"
    Where does The Power and the Glory rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the five best books I have read in the past 10 years. A tour de force!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Power and the Glory?

    I don't want to spoil the book for those who have not read it. But the ending is very beautiful.


    Which character – as performed by Bernard Mayes – was your favorite?

    The priest.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Must read!

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    Codefro Orange, CA United States 04-14-15
    Codefro Orange, CA United States 04-14-15
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    "A masterpiece with sub par narration"
    What did you love best about The Power and the Glory?

    I loved the story, most especially the inner life of the whiskey priest and his inner conflict with himself and with God.


    What other book might you compare The Power and the Glory to and why?

    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.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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.


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

    Just moments where the Whiskey Priest is hateful of himself and is ridden with the guilt of sin in his life.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite the narration, this is a great book. Enjoy it!

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    Ben Prado 03-22-15
    Ben Prado 03-22-15
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    "Incredibly difficult to understand"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone from Britain who is attuned to listening to old men completely butchering Spanish pronunciations and can decipher a deep inarticulate voice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Power and the Glory?

    The whiskey priest


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His voice was simply not articulate and I had to read along. There was no point in this Audible


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    Amazon Customer 12-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Book-- Challenging Narration"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Bernard Mayes’s performance?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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!


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    E. D. Kelly Muncie, IN USA 06-03-13
    E. D. Kelly Muncie, IN USA 06-03-13 Member Since 2006

    Eric Damian Kelly

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    "Wonderful"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power and the Glory the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The power of the characters as woven into the plot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure I can pick one.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I try to be positive in general, but for me to give something 5 stars across the board is VERY unusual. Highly recommended.

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    caitilin Bloomington, IN, United States 01-07-13
    caitilin Bloomington, IN, United States 01-07-13
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    "Probably Greene's best book"

    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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