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Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church Audiobook

Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church: The Findings of the Investigation That Inspired the Major Motion Picture Spotlight

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    cwortolani 10-31-15
    cwortolani 10-31-15 Member Since 2017

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    "Devastating Portrayal of Catholic Negligence"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church to be better than the print version?

    As I have never read the print version, I am unable to sufficiently answer.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    BRDancer Newbury Park CA USA 03-10-16
    BRDancer Newbury Park CA USA 03-10-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Shocking"

    Painful to hear the detailed accounts of abuse and coverup, but necessary for every Catholic.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Angel 02-27-16
    Angel 02-27-16 Member Since 2013
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    "The Facts"

    This book speaks of long needed triumph and of abuse of perceived power. I recommend this book to anyone who seeks awareness and reality!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    William R. Toddmancillas Chico, California United States 12-10-15
    William R. Toddmancillas Chico, California United States 12-10-15 Member Since 2015

    Retired communication studies professor with many interests and particular fondness for histotorical fiction and drama.

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    "Important story, excessively detailed"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Boehmer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I did see it. Brilliant. Spotlight is title.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, a worthwhile listen but could have with tighter editing and more interesting have been much better.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Katy Cooper Boston, MA 06-14-17
    Katy Cooper Boston, MA 06-14-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Fascinating story, marred by mispronunciations"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it with a caveat if my friend were from the Boston area. A number of proper nouns were mispronounced, mispronunciations that wouldn't have happened if the production team had asked someone from the Boston area how to pronounce Haverhill (HAY-vrill, not Have-er-hill), Methuen (M'-THOO-en, not METH-uen), Framingham (Framing-Ham, not Framingum) and Bulger (Buljer). The last one, in particular, jarred because it was repeated so frequently. (It's a man's last name.)


    What did you like best about this story?

    The wealth of detail and how it was organized.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Paul Boehmer?

    Maybe.


    Was Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church worth the listening time?

    Absolutely.


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    Lisa Saint Augustine, FL, United States 05-24-17
    Lisa Saint Augustine, FL, United States 05-24-17 Member Since 2009
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    "All good but...learn the proper pronunciations"

    I just wish that narrators would speak with people from the area to make sure they are pronouncing the names of people and places correctly. I definitely don't want to hear this narrator say 'Methuen,' 'Haverhill' or 'Bulger' ever again.

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    Ernest Whisman Suwanee, Ga. 05-18-17
    Ernest Whisman Suwanee, Ga. 05-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    I enjoyed the book, because I never knew that anyone went to jail over these horrible crimes.
    I hope the church can recover and make itself a shining light as it should be.
    The revelation of the scope of these crimes not only robbed the children, but also robbed the country of its innocence. The church is made up of people. when they commit horrible crimes they should go to jail.

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    Anne 07-20-16
    Anne 07-20-16
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    "Too much detail of abuse"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Warren Baltimore, MD 08-15-16
    Wendy Warren Baltimore, MD 08-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Repetitive. Couldn't Finish"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dimly 02-24-16
    Dimly 02-24-16 Member Since 2001
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    "All over the place."

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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