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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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    Jerry Indianapolis, IN, United States 11-20-12
    Jerry 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.

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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!

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    Charles New Market, VA, United States 08-13-12
    Charles New Market, VA, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Thought provoking drama"
    Where does The Confessor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This ranks in the top 25%


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical data and the descriptive language


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The late scene between the Pope and Gabriel


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

    This book gave me nightmares due to infomration about WWII


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jackie LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 04-17-12
    jackie LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story! Great Writer!"

    I love this entire series of books. I can't wait till the next one comes out.

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    Claudette M Fredricksen 11-10-11
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    "Unfortunate Ignorance"

    While the performance is excellent and Daniel Silva writes a very interesting story the plot is based on outrageous non-facts. As a Catholic who loves suspense and spy thrillers I was throughly distressed by this author's defaming a very holy and good Pope Pius XII-- as the crux of his plot. Historical facts decry the insinuations perpetrated by folks who are either ignorant of them or will to disbelieve them. I was looking forward to this book as I enjoy the charactor Gabriel Allon so much but I am sad to say I am left feeling insulted and betrayed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sean FISHERS, IN, United States 09-26-11
    Sean FISHERS, IN, United States 09-26-11
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    "Very exciting"
    Where does The Confessor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks very well


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Allon


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

    John Lee is quite annoying at first however it you stick it out he grows on you :) I did Like Jason Culp who did the first of this series he was awesome in the Kill Artist


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    GINNIE PANAMA CITY, FL, United States 08-04-11
    GINNIE PANAMA CITY, FL, United States 08-04-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Racist Rubbish"

    I was floored by the vitriolic anti catholicism, the inaccurate made up history. His writting is insulting and disrespectful of Pope Pius and Pope John Paul as well as Catholics in general. He paints an insulting picture of the Jewish nation as well. the one star is for the reader John Lee.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wilhelmina Orlando, FL, United States 04-11-11
    Wilhelmina Orlando, FL, United States 04-11-11 Member Since 2009

    I love to listen and read books. I don't waste a minute...I listen when I am driving, cleaning, getting my nails done, etc. Fiction books are my favorites.... mysteries.

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    "The confessor"

    I loved it. It was suspensful, had depth and handled a difficult subject very well. It starts out impactful and just got better abd better. I recommend it.

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    Don Reseda, CA, United States 08-15-10
    Don Reseda, CA, United States 08-15-10
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    "Great Confessor"

    I found myself sitting in the car when I would get home from work just to listen for a few more minutes. This is an expertly written story and the narration is up to the task. I highly recommend this title.

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    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 08-06-10
    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 08-06-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Below average for Silva"

    I am a Silva fan but this book put me to sleep. The story never flowed and had few twists that were not well done. Also an anti-Catholic flavor to the book as a main theme. More time should have been spent on developing the plot/suspense. The narration was also mediocre. A better narrator could have brought this book up a star. Would not recommend unless you are in the process of following the lead character Gabriel from his beginnings with Silva. I do think Silva is a good writer and will keep listening to more of his books unless I get a repeat of The Confessor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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