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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Customer Reviews

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Story & Narrator were good, but...

The sound quality was terrible! It needs to be re-recorded with newer technology. Must be an early recording.
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- Meeghan Nemeroff

Wonderful story after the first few hours

This story was very intriguing, but it took a long time to get into. It transitions between characters and families without introduction. Character list: Whiskey priest: main character but unnamed. Padre Jose: a cowardly married priest Fellows Family: Banana farmers who hide the whisky priest. Half-caste: a homeless guy who is a sort of a Judas type person. Mr Tench: a dentist with stomach ailments. He befriends the whiskey priest. Luis and his family: this is a 14 year old boy whose mother is a Christian and reads her children books about martyrdom . Lehr brother and sister: Lutherans who house and nurse the whiskey priest while he is sick. The Lieutenant: a kind but anti religious man. He is on the hunt to obliterate priests. This is pretty much who you need to know. All these people have stories going on at the same time and The author switches between them.
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- Huggles

Book Details

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