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The Power and the Glory | [Graham Greene]

The Power and the Glory

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.
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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)

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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 02-06-11
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 02-06-11 Member Since 2007

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    "at last!"

    I've been waiting years for this to come to Audible and wondered if it would succeed as an audiobook - it does.

    The product description calls this novel a Christian parable-- and it is, but don???t expect a cute or motivational story, with a Joseph Girzone Christ-figure hero and a happily ever after (although there is an implied hope for faith enduring at the hands of materialism). The ???power and glory??? allusion is meant ironically . The novel describes people trapped in a country who ???were not hard hearted; they were watching the rare spectacle of something worse off than themselves??? in the whiskey priest hiding more rat-like than conventionally heroicly in the countryside. The characters' and their dialogue are more about internal struggle than the political struggle surrounding them. The style is more like Greene s Confidential Agent (individual trapped by impersonal forces of revolution struggling with metaphysical good and evil) than his more overtly political works which name political actions and forces as evil in themselves.

    I think the narration very appropriate for the novel --a kind of British narration style (even though few characters are British) It's more read than narrated with many varied voices BUT that style suits the novel well. Green could use 5 colons in a paragraph when describing internal dialogue of alienated characters, so be prepared for a slow start to the listen.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Julie la vernia, TX, United States 12-31-12
    Julie la vernia, TX, United States 12-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Horrendous narration killed my interest"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator. I could not get past the first 30 or 40 minutes.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Graham Greene again?

    Yes.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bernard Mayes’s performances?

    NO WAY.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Power and the Glory?

    I have to pass on answering this as I didn't finish the book. I'll probably have to read it by the traditional method!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kirsten United States 10-27-11
    Kirsten United States 10-27-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Wow! I love this book!"

    I keep listening to this book over again something always gets to me that I didn't fully get before. The image of the nameless Father being continually pared down to his essence, which is so pure, is compelling and strangely comforting. The narration is striking and quite funny in parts. Mr. Mayes has unusual voice that drew me in right away. I highly recommend this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Vova Shklovsky Richmond, VA 05-07-13
    Vova Shklovsky Richmond, VA 05-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Hard to hear"
    What didn’t you like about Bernard Mayes’s performance?

    I found this performance difficult to hear. I could not enjoy the story while straining to hear the words.

    I like listening to audiobooks in the car, which is admittedly a poor acoustical environment. However, I can hear all the other audiobooks i have purchased. If you are listening to in a quiet place it might be fine, but for my purposes it was not functional.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vincent United States 10-08-12
    Vincent United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Lousy recording quality of bad narration"
    What disappointed you about The Power and the Glory?

    It was difficult to listen past the distortion of the recording and the awful voice of the narrator. Sounds like it was recorded in the 50's with a cheap microphone. Turning down all the bass and mid tones and turning up the high eq made it a little more bearable. Need to stop trusting audible and always preview the recording first....


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book itself is amazing have read it any times


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

    Anyone with a more human sounding voice. Mr. Mayes sounds like a dying frog.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Brooklyn, NY United States 07-29-13
    Catherine Brooklyn, NY United States 07-29-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Impossible to understand"
    What disappointed you about The Power and the Glory?

    I couldn't get past the first 20 minutes. Impossible to understand the narrator.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Graham Greene again?

    Love Graham Greene. A real disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Getting a refund. I hope.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Harrodsburg, KY, United States 06-11-12
    Charles Harrodsburg, KY, United States 06-11-12
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    "The Power of the Tongue of Fire"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Power and the Glory to be better than the print version?

    Not better, but different aspects of the story were revealed. More portable.


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

    The scene in the crowded jail cell.The cruel ambivalence of the jailer.


    What does Bernard Mayes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His dialogue inflections are clarifying.


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

    I didn't just cry, I was haunted by the story for days.


    Any additional comments?

    This story resembles what I have often observed occurring in real life. It is sad that there are not many such novels. It tells of a wayward man committed to be better than he is by nature, because he is a priest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Underwood 02-24-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Mr. Greene would be rolling in his grave"
    What disappointed you about The Power and the Glory?

    The narration is deadly. No energy or dynamics, mid-Atlantic accent is stilted and inappropriate for the content.


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

    With a realistic novel dependent on character and dialogue (accented) the narrator needs to be able to bring this to life in a naturalistic style.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Since Greene was British, the British accent itself would not be inappropriate, but this narrator's style is stiff, cold and monotone.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was very disappointed and dismayed that Audible would offer such an inferior production of a classic set in America. I could not finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    Wasted a credit.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    E. D. Kelly Muncie, IN USA 06-03-13
    E. D. Kelly Muncie, IN USA 06-03-13 Member Since 2004

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    caitilin Bloomington, IN, United States 01-07-13
    caitilin Bloomington, IN, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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