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4.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 5 4.11 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Morris West Narrator: Paul Hecht Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Vatican Trilogy Release Date: January 1963 ISBN: 9781436170659
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Morris West’s magnificent New York Times #1 bestseller has become an enduring classic of intrigue and faith. Intelligent and sharply written, The Shoes of the Fisherman moves readers with the power of its story and the emotional complexity of its characters.

When the pope dies, Vatican insiders arrange to have Kiril Lakota, a survivor of seventeen years in a labor prison camp, elected to fill the shoes first worn by the disciple Peter. As Pope Kiril struggles to remain true to both himself and to the traditions of the church, his faith is tested far beyond anything he was forced to endure in prison.

West’s genius at placing characters in believable, compelling moments of crisis, and his refusal to allow easy resolutions to their secular and spiritual turmoils, will resonate with listeners of all faiths and backgrounds.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A masterpiece.”

    Chicago Tribune
  • “A young Russian cardinal struggles with being elevated to pope and having to lead the church.”

    Library Journal

  • “An interesting tale of intrigue, deceit, nobility, and a yearning for the divine. In the early 1960s, when the tension of the Cold War is high, the Pope dies. His successor is an obscure Ukrainian bishop, who is also a survivor of seventeen years in the Gulag. The temporal and spiritual struggles of the new pontiff are believable and make this a most intriguing work. Paul Hecht gives a creditable performance in reading this work. His sonorous baritone has a pleasing timbre that gives his reading an aura of great seriousness…His voice is clear, and he reads at good pace and with confidence.”


  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 9/10/2010

    " interesting. a russian pope during the cold war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel | 9/27/2009

    " A Morris L. West book. See comment under Devil's Advocate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynda | 5/16/2009

    " Read and reread for years, this book fascinates me. I don't know if it is the workings of the Vatican or Kiril's character that draws me the most.


  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 3/4/2009

    " Morris West is a master storyteller. Have a dictionary handy when reading this profound work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorena Francisca | 2/3/2009

    " Una mirada detectivesca al mundo católico: el papado. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 9/29/2008

    " Read and enjoyed this years ago (before the movie). Current readers may have a little trouble understanding why a Russian pope would have had such impact (prior to the dissolution of the Soviet Union and election of John Paul II). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 7/1/2008

    " As fascinating as the concept is, i felt the various plotlines ended abruptly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/30/2008

    " Intense and instructional. A very human book. Must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 1/6/2008

    " I wanted to re-read this book that I had read 40 or so years ago. It's a book about best intentions flying in the face of the establishment and may be a good foil for The DaVinci Code. "

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About the Narrator

Paul Hecht’s long career in audiobooks spans dozens of titles and authors as varied as Ray Bradbury and Gore Vidal, Jack Finney and Thomas Mann. He has recorded such books as Bob Dole’s One Soldier’s Story and Alexander McCall Smith’s Portuguese Irregular Verbs and At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances. Hecht’s theater career in New York includes many Broadway and television credits. He has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narrations.