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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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    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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    Sally Raymond, ME, United States 01-07-11
    Sally Raymond, ME, United States 01-07-11
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    "His Best Work?"

    I am not usually a Grisham fan. His books have always seemed beach reads and not really anything of substance. Enter The Confession. This book uses fiction to take a long hard look at the death penalty and its ramifications. While I'm pretty neutral on the death penalty, this book did what good fiction should do. It made me connect with real life problems and ponder the rights and wrongs of the issue. I HIGHLY recommend this book. Not your normal Grisham but I think it's his best work ever.

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    Mike Algonquin, IL, United States 01-05-11
    Mike Algonquin, IL, United States 01-05-11
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    "Too Long"

    Two thirds of the book were vintage Grisham. The climax occurs about at that point, followed by one third of tying up loose ends that didn't need to be tied up.

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    C. Byrnes Kissimmee, FL United States 01-03-11
    C. Byrnes Kissimmee, FL United States 01-03-11

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    "Wow, some of you people are harsh."

    Perhaps reading the reviews, my expectations weren't that high but I found this novel thought provoking and enjoyable. I looked forward to the time where I could again put on my earphones and disappear into a few hours of the story.

    Yes it is political but I never saw this author as a fluff writer. I can only assume the position of the characters do not agree with those that gave terrible reviews.

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    Alicia Newburgh, NY, United States 12-31-10
    Alicia Newburgh, NY, United States 12-31-10 Member Since 2010
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    "boring listen"

    I was bored, the narrator has a terribly monotone voice and lost me. I couldn't finish it.

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    Amazon Customer California 12-30-10
    Amazon Customer California 12-30-10 Member Since 2006
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    "A Personal Look at the Death Penalty in Action"

    Excellent narrator.

    Reminded me of Governor George Ryan of Illinois and his last minute decision to put a moratorium on the death penalty in his state.

    A story about a young, black, man bullied into a false confession to a murder he did not commit. The real killer confesses to a pastor who attempts to do the right thing but keeps running into obstacles. The innocent young man will be put to death in a few days and it's a race against time. Along the way, Grisham weaves in the story lines of the mothers and other characters involved.

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