Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service
The story behind this groundbreaking audiobook - one of the most significant works of investigative journalism since Woodward and Bernstein's reporting on Watergate - has been brought brilliantly to life on the screen in the major new movie Spotlight.
Here are the devastating revelations that triggered a crisis within the Catholic Church. Here is the truth about the scores of abusive priests who preyed upon innocent children and the cabal of senior church officials who covered up their crimes. Here is the trail of "hush money" that the Catholic Church secretly paid to buy victims' silence - deeds that left millions of the faithful in the US and around the world shocked, angry, and confused. Here as well is a vivid account of the ongoing struggle as Catholics confront their church and call for sweeping change.
©2002 The Investigative Staff of the Boston Globe (P)2015 Hachette Audio
As I have never read the print version, I am unable to sufficiently answer.
It was pure reportage. Though a mixture of reporting on the subject and a background on the process behind the reporting, a la All The President's Men, may have offered a different perspective on the story, the fundamental documentation of the sins of the Catholic Church regarding sexual abuse by priests, specifically Cardinal Law of Boston, was jaw dropping and disheartening.
This was a real page turner but, without introducing the reporters into the story as many journalistic tomes do, the narrative was too provincial. This happened nationwide, for that matter, throughout most of the Cold War era termed "First World," but it only briefly touched on stories outside the archdiocese of Boston.
Make it briefer. A plethora of abuse examples is sufficient. Authors describe many more examples than that. Accordingly, story is tedious. As a reference this book is excellent. As an efficient description of the extent and bogus rationale and denial of abuse it is overkill.
The convincing and alarming exposure of abuse by holier-than-thou clerics. My parents attempted to raise me Catholic, but I at an early age recognized the church's hypocrisy and in humane practices. I still visit the church , pray, and light candles, but am likely to discount self-serving catholic rules, which are often counterproductive.
Not sure. He is a bit monotone but has clear enunciation. I would not select him as a preferred narrator and would only listen to another of his books if the subject matter was very important and the reading which. Difficult to attend to his unvaried speech patterns.
I did see it. Brilliant. Spotlight is title.
Overall, a worthwhile listen but could have with tighter editing and more interesting have been much better.
This would have been a find magazine article, but it was so repetitive. Another big annoyance is the word "indeed" used repeatedly. This word is typically used to introduce a more surprising point or confirm something already suggested, but that's the issue, it was already suggested over and over again. There was no depth to the story in my opinion. I felt as if I would have gotten more from a Wikipedia article.
I would absolutely recommend the movie Spotlight over this book. The first half of the book is filled with examples of abuse going into detail that I prefer to not hear. So much of the book goes on and on with different priests, their superiors and their victims that it is hard to keep track of who is who. I was expecting more of the story that Spotlight could not cover in time, but the book was instead full of examples of abuse that we already know happened at a large scale.
There is no time line for this book. It is all over the place with stories and dates. Hopefully the movie is better at laying out a concrete story line.
Very inflammatory, appears to be written by anti Catholics. Provides no overall comparison of church abuse Compared to family incest, boy scouts of America or any other secular organization that have proven to mk abuse in church minimal to others.
One sided.. Witch hunt by a news organizations for the purposes of ratings.. Absolutely stupid book, never recommend
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