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The Confession Audiobook
The Confession
Written by: 
John Grisham
Narrated by: 
Scott Sowers
The Confession Audiobook

The Confession: A Novel

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An innocent man is about to be executed.

Only a guilty man can save him.

For every innocent man sent to prison, there is a guilty one left on the outside. He doesn’t understand how the police and prosecutors got the wrong man, and he certainly doesn’t care. He just can’t believe his good luck. Time passes and he realizes that the mistake will not be corrected: the authorities believe in their case and are determined to get a conviction. He may even watch the trial of the person wrongly accused of his crime. He is relieved when the verdict is guilty. He laughs when the police and prosecutors congratulate themselves. He is content to allow an innocent person to go to prison, to serve hard time, even to be executed.

Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

Now nine years have passed. Travis has just been paroled in Kansas for a different crime; Donté is four days away from his execution. Travis suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. For the first time in his miserable life, he decides to do what’s right and confess.

But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges, and politicians that they’re about to execute an innocent man?

"John Grisham is about as good a storyteller as we’ve got in the United States these days." (The New York Times Book Review)

©2010 John Grisham (P)2010 Random House Audio

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    Sherry L. Wright Flower Mound, TX United States 10-28-10
    Sherry L. Wright Flower Mound, TX United States 10-28-10
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    "Hurts"

    Extremely harsh story and Grisham does not hold back - this makes me wonder... who let him stand by their side to go through this experience? This book has ran the gamut with my emotions - highly recommended to you who can handle truth...

    39 of 53 people found this review helpful
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    Dreux Houston, TX, United States 11-20-10
    Dreux Houston, TX, United States 11-20-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Don't waste your money"

    I'm a huge Grisham fan, but this was easily Grisham's worst effort. I get that Grisham hates the Texas criminal justice system and that he hates most Texans. But to base a novel on such a one-sided, one dimensional perspective just doesn't work. This novel was as uninspiring and predictable as a used bus transfer.
    Since Grisham appears to be working from an ethical soap box, I'm eagerly awaiting his expose of the Mississippi trial lawyer's cabal and his caricature of his ol' buddy Dicky Scruggs. However I'm not holding my breath.
    I gave this one star because at least the narrator was good, even though the material wasn't worth his effort.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 12-11-13
    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 12-11-13 Member Since 2015

    retired writer

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    "Couldn't Finish!!! Boring!!!"

    I started and stopped listening to this book three times!! Couldn't finish... I want to be entertained with some suspense, drama or mystery that is not predictable. After 10 chapters, I gave up on this one. I gave three stars because I love most of Grisham's books, Sycamore Row was good entertainment. I found that the narrator had long, dull, lackluster passages to read and it sounded like he was "reading" not Performing the novel. Boring

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Abe Klassen 11-07-10
    Abe Klassen 11-07-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Not up to Grisham standards but still ok."

    I'm a great Grisham fan, have all of his books and listen to some of them every few years. This one is certainly not my favorite but if you're a Grisham fan I would still recommend it. The story takes quite a while to get going and the fist half reads like a documentary not a legal thriller.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    ashutosh CHICAGO, IL, United States 11-05-10
    ashutosh CHICAGO, IL, United States 11-05-10
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    "1st half is great, extreamly slow second half"

    1st half of the strory is captivating, but nothing happens in second half. I was waiting for twist and turns...sorry to say nothing happened. i would have been happier if second half was shortened as epilogue.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ron LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 11-09-10
    Ron LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 11-09-10 Member Since 2014
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    "He has done it better!"

    Long, boring and repetitive. Although I, like Grisham, oppose the death penalty this tome is painfully slow and adds nothing of interest to the debate. If I was reading rather than listening, I could not have finished. Grisham has tackled his opposition to the death penalty in his much more interesting The Chamber.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Christian Lavergne, TN, United States 11-03-10
    Christian Lavergne, TN, United States 11-03-10 Member Since 2015

    Audiobooks allow book nerds like me to venture out in public and keep "reading."

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    "Good story - but...."

    John Grisham clearly hates the death penalty...and he spends half of the book creating comic book "evil doers" and preaching about how only african americans are against the death penalty. Creating a race riot because all whites in texas love the death penalty is asinine. This is Grisham's "State of Fear" book. However - outside of several dozen eye rolling "whatever" moments - Grisham keeps the story moving and I kept listening. If you have an extra credit - it's not a bad story.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Harry Boyle Irmo, SC, United States 05-26-13
    Harry Boyle Irmo, SC, United States 05-26-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Not one of his best"
    What did you like best about The Confession? What did you like least?

    The first half up to the court denying the final appeal


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The second half was predictable up to Texas keeping the law as written after the dust up about the innocent man being executed. It ends up being a political cause book.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Sowers’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He always does a good job


    Any additional comments?

    Two to three stars at most

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer southaven, MS, United States 05-18-12
    Amazon Customer southaven, MS, United States 05-18-12 Member Since 2015

    Books and music make my world go round, and I have 9 nieces and nephews and one chihuahua who rule my heart.

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    "Get ready for an emotional ride"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. I am against the death penalty so it only affirmed what I believe. Against it or not, read this book. It might make you think.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    In true Grisham fashion he takes the story all the way to the end. It is not expected for sure.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It involves Mrs. Drum and a suit. No book has ever evoked that kind of emotion from me before.


    Do you think The Confession needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No he pretty much said all that needs to say about the death penalty.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a HEAVY book for Grisham. Not for the faint of heart!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Rockville, CT, United States 12-17-11
    Charles Rockville, CT, United States 12-17-11 Member Since 2008

    I am a semi-retired psychologist who likes to listen to books, especially mysteries, as I drive in the car.

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    "Things Happen"

    I listened to The Litigators before I listened to The Confession. I would describe the Litigators as a "Book of the Light" and The Confession as a "Book of Darkness". Maybe it was because I have to manage people who are as difficult as some of the people in this book or maybe I have worked in a system that was inexorably wrong, but I could identify with this book on so many levels. The suspense kept me listening and I listened as often as I could. I have read Grisham from his early work and I think he just seems to get better, often in different ways, as if his story-telling is still evolving.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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