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  • The Power and the Glory

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

Graham Greene explores corruption and atonement in this penetrating novel set in 1930s Mexico during the era of Communist religious persecutions. As revolutionaries determine to stamp out the evils of the church through violence, the last Roman Catholic priest is on the lam, hunted by a police lieutenant. Despite his own sense of worthlessness—he is a heavy drinker and has fathered an illegitimate child—he is determined to continue to function as a priest until captured.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to hear

  • By Vladimir Shklovsky on 05-07-13

Mr. Greene would be rolling in his grave

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Reviewed: 02-24-12

What disappointed you about The Power and the Glory?

The narration is deadly. No energy or dynamics, mid-Atlantic accent is stilted and inappropriate for the content.

What other book might you compare The Power and the Glory to and why?

With a realistic novel dependent on character and dialogue (accented) the narrator needs to be able to bring this to life in a naturalistic style.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Since Greene was British, the British accent itself would not be inappropriate, but this narrator's style is stiff, cold and monotone.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was very disappointed and dismayed that Audible would offer such an inferior production of a classic set in America. I could not finish it.

Any additional comments?

Wasted a credit.

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