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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,343 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Graham Greene Narrator: Bernard Mayes Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In a poor, remote section of southern Mexico, the Red Shirts have taken control. God has been outlawed, and the priests have been systematically hunted down and killed. Now, the last priest strives to overcome physical and moral cowardice in order to find redemption.

Graham Greene explores corruption and atonement in this penetrating novel set in 1930s Mexico during the era of Communist religious persecutions. As revolutionaries determine to stamp out the evils of the church through violence, the last Roman Catholic priest is on the lam, hunted by a police lieutenant. Despite his own sense of worthlessness—he is a heavy drinker and has fathered an illegitimate child—he is determined to continue to function as a priest until captured. He is contrasted with Padre José, a priest who has accepted marriage and embodies humiliation.

A Christian parable pitting God and religion against twentieth-century materialism, The Power and the Glory is considered by many, including the author himself, to be Greene’s best work.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Graham 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

  • “Greene’s masterpiece.”

    John Updike 

  • “The book should attract…not only those who read for diversion and excitement, but those, too, who read for the pleasure of superb writing and shrewd contriving of story.”

    Chicago Daily Tribune

  • “As brilliantly written as it is magnificently conceived.”

    Chicago Sun

  • “Greene has drawn this man—and all he encounters—vividly and viscerally…this brilliant theological thriller has far more mysteries—and troubling ideals—than certainties.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review 

  • 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 Biancaducks | 2/14/2014

    " Always and forever one of my favorite books. Greene is a character driven writer, even though we know little of his characters inner monologue, their actions and back story are enough to solidify them. This is the story of a renegade priest being hunted down by communists in revolutionary Mexico. As he travels, he must deal with his sins and past, and also with the devout who view him as a saint. Classic Greene. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Caleb | 2/8/2014

    " Possibly the most powerful book I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Hanaan | 11/25/2013

    " I have new respect for Graham Greene after reading this book. Unlike some of his other books, which have been called "entertainments", this one is serious and even nightmarish, no hint of a love story in sight. It is an exploration of humanity, and so its dark moments are interspersed with light and hope. It isn't the easiest book to read but it isn't too long and has lots of interesting vignettes, many (most?) of which are of children. Definitely worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by booklady | 11/12/2013

    " His best, or my favorite anyway. "

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