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The Confession Audiobook

The Confession: A Novel

An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. 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.
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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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    Jimmy Lafayette, LA, United States 11-19-10
    Jimmy Lafayette, LA, United States 11-19-10
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    "Best Grisham Thus Far"

    Wonderful read/listen! Grisham takes the ideas from his non-fiction work and continue them in this excellent work of fiction. This is one of those works that makes you think long after the book is complete and explore your own ideas about the death penalty. This is not "A Time to Kill" or "The Firm". This is the author taking a subject he is passionate about and taking a mature look at it through the eyes of his vivid and entertaining characters. Regardless of your stance on the death penalty this book will keep you entertained from beginning to end!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Patty Olathe, KS, United States 11-17-10
    Patty Olathe, KS, United States 11-17-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Try not to yell..."

    I always enjoy John Grisham's storytelling. The narrator is great--Excellent character portrayal and you can easily separate them. The subject matter makes you crazy, and I found myself yelling at the characters. Great job.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Winchester, CA, United States 11-16-10
    Lori Winchester, CA, United States 11-16-10 Member Since 2015
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    "A definite 2 thumbs up!!!"

    His best book EVER! This book has made me look at capital punishment with a very different mind set. It is graphic and suspenseful. I continually had do remind myself that this is fiction! I can't imagine how anyone listening to this could not be completely mesmorized by the plot and detail.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    tore sarpsborg, Norway 11-15-10
    tore sarpsborg, Norway 11-15-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Different but grate book from grisham a must buy"

    Grisham seldom disappointed.. And absolutely not this time
    I raced true the book, its hard to turn off
    The story about Dante is exiting, and werry sad. And gives us outside US. a insight in the death penalty system
    witch I for one did not know any thing about...
    Grate story, well written and top narrated...
    One can wonder if the people rating this book 2 - 3 stars, actually has read it..

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Henry Derwood, MD, United States 11-12-10
    Henry Derwood, MD, United States 11-12-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Another gem from John Grisham"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this latest effort from John Grisham. The narrator was excellent and made it hard to take a break. I found myself listening to this novel even while sitting in front of the TV because I had to find out how it ended. It was pretty realistic in that all the "guilty" parties did not get their just due.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lamagna Tempe, AZ, United States 11-11-10
    Lamagna Tempe, AZ, United States 11-11-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Best thing written by Grisham since A Time to Kill"

    Thank goodness Grisham is back! This is a terrific book with wonderful characters. The death penalty is under attack here for the reasons it should be - because it DOES NOT WORK in this country either economically, socially or otherwise. I have counseled men on death row and they are indeed driven crazy by the mere solitude. This is exactly what they should be doing - going mad over their horrific crimes and not costing the public millions (instead of thousands) to kill them. This is well captured in this novel and I thank Grisham for giving this a strong voice.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Spokane WA 11-08-10
    Linda Spokane WA 11-08-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Not a good use of a credit."

    What a disappointment. . Grisham's earlier books were cutting edge and interesting. This- I didn't even download the 2nd part. I'm not a "faux" reviewer trying to be mean--it was boring and predictable. I've never written a review here before, I'm THAT mad I wasted a credit.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    jim Janesville, WI, United States 11-06-10
    jim Janesville, WI, United States 11-06-10 Member Since 2015

    I live and work in Milwaukee Wisconsin and work as an Account Executive for Aramark Uniform Services.

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    "Awesome book"

    I love all the John Grisham books - I read them and then listen to the audiobooks. The Confession is definitely a new favorite of mine. Very thought provoking and keeps the interest all the way through.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Lopez 11-02-10
    Sue Lopez 11-02-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Never a boring moment"

    This is one of Grisham's best. Besides an exciting story line, one gets an insider's view into political and personal machinations in America's legal system. The storyline is believable, yet incredible at the same time. The frustrations of people trying to save an innocent man and the persistence of two men--one a sleazy lawyer and one a minister who is a stranger to all involved--is riveting.

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    r seattle, WA, United States 11-01-10
    r seattle, WA, United States 11-01-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Where did the old Grisham go?"

    Where did the author of "The Rainmaker", The Partner" and "The Testament" go? Gresham's recent books including "The Confession" have been lackluster, and painful to listen to. In this book a black man has been convicted and executed for a crime he did not commit. How novel. This premise has been around for so many years and so many books have been written on the subject by advocates against the death penalty that it is now a common-place theme. No Gresham surprises as of old. It is duplicitous, repetitious and contains Hamburger Helper filler. Gresham should have more consideration for his vast amount of fans than to write a book that is so below ordinary, not worthy of the great writer that Gresham used to be. I will just be going back to reread his older books and will not waste any more money on the new trash that is flowing from his pen.

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful

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