The Power and the Glory

  • by Graham Greene
  • Narrated by Bernard Mayes
  • 9 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 Jose, a priest who has accepted marriage and embodies humiliation.
A Christian parable pitting God and religion against 20th-century materialism, The Power and the Glory is considered by many, including the author himself, to be Greene’s best work.


What the Critics Say

“As brilliantly written as it is magnificently conceived.” (Chicago Sun)


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at last!

I've been waiting years for this to come to Audible and wondered if it would succeed as an audiobook - it does.

The product description calls this novel a Christian parable-- and it is, but don???t expect a cute or motivational story, with a Joseph Girzone Christ-figure hero and a happily ever after (although there is an implied hope for faith enduring at the hands of materialism). The ???power and glory??? allusion is meant ironically . The novel describes people trapped in a country who ???were not hard hearted; they were watching the rare spectacle of something worse off than themselves??? in the whiskey priest hiding more rat-like than conventionally heroicly in the countryside. The characters' and their dialogue are more about internal struggle than the political struggle surrounding them. The style is more like Greene s Confidential Agent (individual trapped by impersonal forces of revolution struggling with metaphysical good and evil) than his more overtly political works which name political actions and forces as evil in themselves.

I think the narration very appropriate for the novel --a kind of British narration style (even though few characters are British) It's more read than narrated with many varied voices BUT that style suits the novel well. Green could use 5 colons in a paragraph when describing internal dialogue of alienated characters, so be prepared for a slow start to the listen.
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- connie "Narrative makes the world go round."

Mr. Greene would be rolling in his grave

What disappointed you about The Power and the Glory?

The narration is deadly. No energy or dynamics, mid-Atlantic accent is stilted and inappropriate for the content.

What other book might you compare The Power and the Glory to and why?

With a realistic novel dependent on character and dialogue (accented) the narrator needs to be able to bring this to life in a naturalistic style.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Since Greene was British, the British accent itself would not be inappropriate, but this narrator's style is stiff, cold and monotone.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was very disappointed and dismayed that Audible would offer such an inferior production of a classic set in America. I could not finish it.

Any additional comments?

Wasted a credit.

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- Nancy Underwood

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-04-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.