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The Confession Audiobook

The Confession: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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 Belfry Holdings, Inc (P)2010 Random House Audio

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    Chuck odessa, TX, United States 01-18-11
    Chuck odessa, TX, United States 01-18-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Really?"

    If I could give this story less than a star, I would. The audio production was just fine. Scott Sowers did a great job reading. It is just a shame that there was not more of a book for him to read. I enjoy many thriller/mystery books and I expect to be manipulated by the author. Grisham shoves this story down his reader’s throat. It is particularly distasteful how he writes the victim’s mother and her feelings, (the rape victim). It is clear that Grisham’s intended victim is the wrongfully executed character and his preferred victims are written very sympathetically. I found myself rolling my eyes during the more ‘suspenseful’ moments and thought that the chance was missed to build a layered plot when the author simply wrote, “It’s Texas, what do you expect?” I lost count after about ten of those. Spend your money on something else.

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    Geralyn Freeburg, United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-18-11
    Geralyn Freeburg, United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-18-11 Member Since 2010
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    "draggy"

    The book was twice as long as it needed to be. I felt like I was on the long car ride with them and that it would never end

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    JohnB 01-17-11
    JohnB 01-17-11 Member Since 2001

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    "Not Grisham's best work"

    While I am a long-time fan of John Grisham, he likes to use his talent and reputation to write propaganda loosely disguised as literature. His caricature of Texans is amateurish, and his obvious ignorance of Christianity is proudly displayed. Every portrayal of someone with conservative values and beliefs lacks any depth at all, establishing strawmen that are easily beaten down. I expect better.

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    Brenda 01-13-11
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    "Great!"

    John Grisham pulls it off again~ A great listen, well worth the time. I found it hard to turn off my Ipod!

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    Bob Rohnert Park, CA, United States 01-12-11
    Bob Rohnert Park, CA, United States 01-12-11
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    "Very insightful"

    Great and fantastic story! Even after getting home from work and my commute, I found myself wanting to take walks around the block with my dog so I can have an excuse to keep listening. Very insightful and well written book. Highly recommended.

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    Linda Lindsborg, KS, United States 01-12-11
    Linda Lindsborg, KS, United States 01-12-11
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    "Book wraps up well."

    I feel some of Grisham's books end like it had a deadline rather than a wrap up of the story. This one is compelling - one that you'll think about in terms of what is happening in our society.

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    John Sedona, AZ, United States 01-10-11
    John Sedona, AZ, United States 01-10-11 Member Since 2012
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    "A Sermon Wrapped in a Melodrama"

    I have read most of Grisham's "legal thrillers" and found them enjoyable. I found him best in his lyrical novels "Bleachers" and "Painted House." The current novel is a thinly masked diatribe against capital punishment and Texans in general and the Texas legal system specifically. He creates cardboard characters, hard-to-imagine circumstances of injustice, malice, and incompetence with melodramatic races against time. His obvious targeting of Texans is exemplified by labeling non-lawyer Texas males as "bubbas." He reverts to not infrequent purple prose--the worst example being that of the mother of a wrongly executed young man washing his genitals and bemoaning the loss of the future children he might have sired. In summary, even anti death penalty readers would do better to read any of his earlier novels than labor through this very predictable attempt to reform society. A Harriet Beecher Stowe and Upton Sinclair Grisham is not.

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    erin Delaware, OH, United States 01-09-11
    erin Delaware, OH, United States 01-09-11
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    "Best Grisham book I have ever read..."

    I love this book-would stay up late just to listen to the story. By far the best Grisham book I have ever read.

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    Cory Peru, IL, United States 01-09-11
    Cory Peru, IL, United States 01-09-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Grisham book start to finish"

    I truly enjoyed this book. I am a Grisham fan and this book did not disappoint. It is truly a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish without shoving any personal agendas down your throat. I highly recommend this book. Narrator was also excellent.

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    Marcia Murrieta, CA, United States 01-08-11
    Marcia Murrieta, CA, United States 01-08-11 Member Since 2011

    Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.

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    "I couldn't stop reading (listening) it"

    Fantastic book. Unbelievable that someone could be manipulated into confessing even when innocent. I have heard before that the police were able to lie to suspects but this was so gut wrenching it tore my heart out!

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