The Confessor (Abridged) Audiobook, by Daniel Silva Play Audiobook Sample

The Confessor (Abridged) Audiobook

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Read By: Arliss Howard Publisher: Random House Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Gabriel Allon Series Release Date: March 2003 Format: Abridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780375419317

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Longest Chapter Length:

08:03 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

03:23 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

06:07 minutes

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Publisher Description

From the author who “ranks among the best of the younger American spy novelists” (The Washington Post) comes a stunning thriller of ancient and modern betrayal.

Munich: The writer Benjamin Stern entered his flat to see a man standing there, leafing through his research, and said, “Who the hell are you?” In answer, the man shot him. As Stern lay dying, the gunman murmured a few words in Latin, then gathered the writer’s papers and left.

Venice: The art restorer Gabriel Allon applied a dab of paint carefully to the Bellini, then saw the boy approaching, a piece of paper in his hand. It would be about Stern, he knew. They would want him to leave right away. With a sigh, the Mossad agent finished his work, then began to pack his brushes.

Vatican City: The pope known as Paul VII–“Pope Accidental,” to his detractors–paced in his garden, thinking about the things he knew and the

enemies he would make. He believed he understood why God had chosen him for this job, but the road in front of him was hard and exceedingly perilous. If he succeeded, he would revolutionize the Church. If not, he might very well destroy it–and himself.

In the weeks to come, the journeys of all these men will come together, following a trail of long-buried secrets and unthinkable deeds, leaving each one forever changed. Intrigue will dominate their lives and death stalk their paths, all of them in the shadow of the Confessor.

Filled with rich characters, remarkable prose, and an intricately woven plot suffused with surprise and intensity, this is an uncommonly powerful work by a new master of the art.

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“Silva, who here loads new excitement into the word thriller, will touch nerves with this hypothetical exploration of the Church’s silence on these topics. The Vatican, Venice, and Munich are perfectly drawn, as the settings for these dark acts of ambition, greed, and revenge, as are the characters, whom you’d scarcely believe live only on the page.”

— Library Journal 


  • “Accomplished…Elegantly written…A compelling piece of fiction, one that manages to be both superior entertainment and a hard look at serious issues.”

    — Washington Post
  • “A shrewd, timely thriller that opens the heard of the Vatican…Many scenes of thumping action, passionate words, hot pursuit, and cold revenge…It’s a different kind of thrill than you might expect from a commercial thriller, but it certainly leaves a tingle.”

    — Chicago Tribune
  • “Silva writes thrillers that are intelligent and action-packed. In…Gabriel Allon, he has invented a compelling character and put him in an enthralling plot.”

    — Rocky Mountain News
  • “Another riveting tale.”

    — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • “One of those rare books that sweep you into forgetting to eat or sleep. Daniel Silva has now indisputably joined the ranks of Graham Greene and John le Carré.”

    — Washingtonian
  • “Provocative historical revelations will keep readers enthralled.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “Utterly compelling…Silva’s searing portrait of a church under siege by its own corrupt bureaucracy and corporate publicity machine is particularly resonant. An uncommonly intelligent thriller told with elegant precision.”

    — Booklist (starred review)
  • “Another polished and entertaining thriller from the prolific Silva…powered by steady pacing, keen detail, and a strong, ironic finish.”

    — Kirkus Reviews


  • A 2004 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Finalist
  • A New York Times bestseller

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About Daniel Silva

Daniel Silva is the author of more than a dozen bestselling novels in the Michael Osbourne series and the Gabriel Allon series of suspense thrillers. He has twice won the Barry Award for Best Thriller for The Messenger in 2007 and The Fallen Angel in 2013. All of his novels have been New York Times bestsellers, with seven titles reaching #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list. His books are critically acclaimed bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than thirty languages. For more information visit

About Arliss Howard

Arliss Howard is an actor and award-winning narrator. His narrations were twice finalists for the prestigious Audie Award for Best Mystery Narration, in 2006 for Elmore Leonard’s The Hot Kid and in 2008 for Up in Honey’s Room, also by Elmore Leonard. He has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards, one for Up in Honey’s Room and another as part of the narrating cast with Debra Winger and Keith Carradine for The William Faulkner Audio Collection. His film credits include roles in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, The Time Traveler’s Wife, and Moneyball. He’s also an award-winning television actor as well as a writer and producer.