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The Confessor | [Daniel Silva]

The Confessor

Detective Gabriel Allon returns in Daniel Silva's stunning thriller of ancient and modern betrayal, long-buried secrets and unthinkable deeds that takes the listener from Munich to Venice to the Vatican.
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Publisher's Summary

Detective Gabriel Allon returns in this stunning thriller of ancient and modern betrayal, long-buried secrets and unthinkable deeds. In Munich, writer Benjamin Stern enters his flat to find a man leafing through his research. When Stern confronts him, the man shoots him, murmurs a few words in Latin, gathers the papers and leaves. In Venice, art restorer and Israeli agent Gabriel Allon reads a message saying that Stern is dead; can he leave immediately? At the Vatican, a priest named Pietro paces in the garden, pondering the discoveries he has made, the enemies he will make, and the journey he must undertake. Silva weaves these three threads into a multilayered mystery peopled with memorable characters and distinguished by rich prose.

© 2003 Daniel Silva; (P) 2003 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Silva...writes with the atmospheric grace and whiplash tension of le Carre." (Booklist)

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    Kev United States 03-09-04
    Kev United States 03-09-04 Member Since 2003
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    "No Silva Lining in This Cloud"

    Y'know, I don't demand much from pop lit, especially from genre stuff like spy novels, but Silva's "The Confessor" fails to come up to even my lowest expectations. Sterling prose is not necessary for a good spy thriller, but shouldn't Silva at least know the difference between the words "divisive" and "divided"? His writing is studded with gems like "he knew he was being deceived," (Hey, Silva, if he "knew" it, he wasn't "deceived," now was he?) and numbing cliches such as when a "Machievellian" Catholic Cardinal intones "We have ways... to bring journalists... into line..." (I guess the Church hasn't been using those "ways" too well lately.) And to make matter worse, Silva uses his novel as a pulpit to preach about... oh, who cares? What a stinker! I give it one star (instead of zero stars) only because of narrrator John Lee's brilliant reading.

    21 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Johnson City, TX, United States 04-19-14
    Carol Johnson City, TX, United States 04-19-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Riveting thriller"
    What did you love best about The Confessor?

    Fast-paced, lots of intrigue and World War II history, Vatican, Roman Catholic history


    What did you like best about this story?

    Made me want to learn more about the Vatican and how it operates.


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

    He is an excellent narrator and his English accent gives the book a touch of class.


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

    No; but it stirred up anger about the Nazis.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Shelbyville, MI, United States 11-14-13
    John Shelbyville, MI, United States 11-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Far less intrigue than the typical Silva."

    It's not a bad story at all and John Lee always does a great job with the reading. But, I found it to have no thrill factor at all. No suspense. Little action. Nothing that made me want to switch it on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Krystyna Hanser USA 11-07-13
    Krystyna Hanser USA 11-07-13 Member Since 2013

    Krys

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    "A bit over the top."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would first have them read the preceding two. This is not Silva's best work, they get better later on. In this book he seems to be about to hit his stride. The ending is overdone and while the premise of the Vatican's part in WW II is true, I doubt Cardinals plotted murder.


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

    Make it a bit more ambiguous regarding culpability and behavior of the protagonists.


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

    This reader is excellent. Better than another one who reads some of them with exaggerated accents that I found rather annoying.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    brian cincinnati, OH, United States 10-21-13
    brian cincinnati, OH, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "An interesting theory, and a possible one."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would. A most interesting idea.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Confessor?

    The Leopard being made to change his plans and murder some Krux Vera members.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    He's very good with accents.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The church's past revealed at last.


    Any additional comments?

    A possible theory, and one that may have merit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur Los Angeles, CA, United States 04-01-13
    Arthur Los Angeles, CA, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Well Written, Excellent Reseach"

    Really interesting writing. If you are Catholic, elements will be hard to read. At the end of the book it hits a point where I had to suspend disbelief. Otherwise, it is a really solid, interesting book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte Fowles Boise, Idaho United States 03-13-13
    Charlotte Fowles Boise, Idaho United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Great narrator tells exciting story"
    Where does The Confessor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best fiction audiobooks I've listened to in the last several years.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The story was interesting, exciting, and moved quickly. Even with quite a few characters, it was easy to keep them straight thanks to a well-written story and excellent narrator with a real talent for multiple accents.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Noel Lockport, NY, United States 11-30-12
    Noel Lockport, NY, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2004
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    "I liked everything but the Narrator"
    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed the exploits of Gabriel Allon for a few years now. I joined the series in the middle, and I have recently begun working through the first few books of the series. The Confessor is one of my favorites, although I do not care for John Lee as a narrator. My preference is Phil Gigante or Simon Vance, who have each done multiple books later in the series and either of which is vastly superior.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mary Indianapolis, IN, United States 11-20-12
    mary Indianapolis, IN, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Between a 4 and a 5"
    What made the experience of listening to The Confessor the most enjoyable?

    The performance was as good as there is. George Guidall has always been my favorite but John Lee in very much so in his category.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Confessor?

    The story about the relationship between the Jews and the Catholics during WWII


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Shamoron and Gabriel


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

    No because I like to make the book last. I get more out of it that way and the characters always stay refreshing.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is very good not quite a 5 but very close. The performance by John Lee brought this manuscript alive and although I don't like reading books twice unless it has been years. I would almost read this one again just to hear the performance of the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike New Canaan, CT, USA 11-09-12
    Mike New Canaan, CT, USA 11-09-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Gabriel is still Good"

    Gabriel Allon still interesting. I found there to be quite a bit of repetition in this book--a couple ideas and thoughts but still a very fun listen.
    If you haven't listened to the series, worth going back to catch up!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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