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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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    Jack Tenaha, TX, United States 12-20-10
    Jack Tenaha, TX, United States 12-20-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Success again"

    Whether it is playing football in Italy, painting a house in 1950 era Arkansas or making you wonder where the millions came from in a legal thriller,Grisham has the ability to "pull" you in, and keep hanging on the next word.
    The Confession, unabridged, is a powerful and ensightful story that makes us think "What if this happened to me". I recognize this as a much used method in fictional writing but, Grisham has raised it to another level.
    I have lived in East Texas all my life and know a lot about the culture and politics of the region. This COULD truly happen; and probably has.

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    Matt Gadsden, AL, United States 12-19-10
    Matt Gadsden, AL, United States 12-19-10
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    "Freakin Awesome"

    I love John Grisham. Every book is on the same subject but so different everytime. This one was a page turner. I didn't want to get out of the car each day (I listen on the way to work and home each day). Great narration, great story, predictable ending, but still felt complete at the end.

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    Kelly Charlottesville, VA, United States 12-12-10
    Kelly Charlottesville, VA, United States 12-12-10
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    "disappointing"

    Although I like the topic and many Grisham books, the narrative is relatively slow paced, transparent, and, frankly, annoying. There is a great deal of redundant narrative and am quite disappointed in this work by Grisham.

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    Kim Fairview, TX, United States 12-12-10
    Kim Fairview, TX, United States 12-12-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Why do I keep reading this guy's stuff?!? TRASH!!"

    The plot was predictable and not thought through, the characters shallow, stupid, and unrealistic! As a brain tumor survivor, I will attest to the fact that if one had a golf-ball-sized malignant tumor "deep inside the brain in between the ears", one would NOT HAVE BEEN CAPABLE of carrying out the deeds attributed to the real killer - no matter how psycho. Also, as a Texan I resent the illusion the author created of 1930's small town "justice" in 1999-2007 Texas. A waste of money but not of time - after I met the "defense" and its entourage, I skipped to the PREDICTABLE killing of the hapless Drum then to the end. The author must have needed a new Mercedes or 10 to have written such garbage!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tyan West Linn, OR, United States 12-11-10
    Tyan West Linn, OR, United States 12-11-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining"

    Great book. It is heart-wrenching and unjust but a good story. Grisham is pretty wordy in my opinion but my husband loves his writing style. He goes on for pages about things that could be boiled down to a paragraph (but apparently this is what some people love about him). Overall, I really liked it.

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    Howard Scottsdale, AZ, United States 12-09-10
    Howard Scottsdale, AZ, United States 12-09-10
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    "Gripping"

    I didn’t read “The Confession,” I lived it. It grabbed me on the first page and never let me go. John Grisham is a superb story teller and in this gripping tale of the death penalty, he exceeds the drama of his previous excellent novels. Although the author has an anti-death penalty perspective, he does not preach to his readers, who are left to form their own judgments. Above all, this is an exciting book to read, peopled with believable and interesting characters, a plot which does not depend on a suspension of belief, and legal intricacies which are all too possible. This audio edition is beautifully done and added a great deal to my enjoyment of the book. The story line and characters are easy to follow aurally

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    Joange Rice, VA, United States 12-09-10
    Joange Rice, VA, United States 12-09-10 Member Since 2013
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    "A MUST Read"

    This book is awesome. I've read most of Grisham and like more of his books than not. This one is quite different, however. It gives a fictional look at how screwed up our court system is. Yes, it is about the death penalty and I suspect most who didn't like the book were either pro death penalty or Texans. Too bad - this book lays it all out. This is a topic that needs to be shouted from the roof tops. And Texas IS (right next to FL) notorious for their stand on this issue. It's heavy and there are parts that are hard to listen to. Yet it is very well written and and suspenseful to the very ending.

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    L. McIntosh 12-08-10
    L. McIntosh 12-08-10 Member Since 2007
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    "He's Back!"

    This was a great story wih many twists and turns. Some that you don't like but make the story intrigiung and artistically unexpected. Great listen and very captivating.

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    Mary 12-07-10
    Mary 12-07-10
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    "Enjoyable"

    Good book. It made you want to continue to see what would happen next.

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    Scott L 12-06-10
    Scott L 12-06-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Heavy Handed and Preachy"

    Good Book – But Grisham definetly uses his position as a famous author as a bully pulpit.

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