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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,864 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Graham Greene Narrator: Joseph Porte Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this widely acclaimed modern classic, Graham Greene delves deep into character to tell the dramatic, suspenseful story of a good man’s conflict between passion and faith.

A police commissioner in a British-governed, war-torn West African state, Scobie is bound by the strictest integrity and sense of duty both for his colonial responsibilities and for his wife, whom he deeply pities but no longer loves. Passed over for a promotion, he is forced to borrow money in order to send his despairing wife away on a holiday. When in her absence he develops a passion for a young widow, the scrupulously honest Catholic finds himself giving way to deceit and dishonor. Enmeshed in love and intrigue, he will betray everything he believes in, with tragic consequences.

The Heart of the Matter is one of Graham Greene’s most enduring and tragic novels.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A superb storyteller with a gift for provoking controversy.”

    New York Times

  • “No serious writer of this century has more thoroughly invaded and shaped the public imagination as did Graham Greene.”


  • “Greene had the sharpest eyes for trouble, the finest nose for human weaknesses, and was pitilessly honest in his observations...For experience of a whole century he was the man within.”


  • “A literary ‘event’…[A] profoundly reverent book.”

    Evelyn Waugh

  • “Greene had wit and grace and character and story and a transcendent universal compassion that places him for all time in the ranks of world literature.”

    John le Carré

  • “Graham Greene was in a class by himself…He will be read and remembered as the ultimate chronicler of twentieth-century man’s consciousness and anxiety.”

    William Golding

  • “Joseph Porter’s gritty-voiced narration gives the story the perfect measure of world-weary angst.”

    Library Journal

  • Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction
  • One of Modern Library's 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century
  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mike Jaeger | 2/15/2014

    " Incredible language and some really cool philosophical passages along the way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Liana | 2/9/2014

    " This is one of my favorite books ever. It is deceptively simple, but really is a deep exploration of a man's heart and his struggle to reconcile the limitations on human agency set by his understanding of Catholicism and the real power he observes himself to have on the lives of those around him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ylanda Hathorne byrd | 2/9/2014

    " I really respect Graham's use of language in this book and his ability to create impressively realistic characters. I feel compelled to let you know that there is an overall sense of morosity, but this read is worth it b/c of the aforementioned characteristics and because of its nuggets that appeal to humanity at large. A new fav-- "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anthony | 2/8/2014

    " Greene displays human emotions very well with few words. "

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