The Pope is dead.
Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, 118 cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world's most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals.
Over the next 72 hours, one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth.
©2016 Robert Harris (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
A reader from my youth in several languages, to have now discovered Audible is more than a bonus.
Had Robert Harris been a. lesser writer, this novel may have turned out to be deceiving and predictable at the same time. But he is not a lesser writer. His research, his detail, the fluidity of his prose, still work their magic, and even that soupçon of a trendy issue that the reader receives at the end of the novel is not followed through in a way to make having read the book an unsatisfactory experience. Once again, the characters that he invokes take on their own identity and force within the reader's imagination and mind, and through them, we gain an entrée into the human psyche and the omnipresent experience of the undertow of power. I, for one, could scarcely stop listening.
Fantastic story. The research into the machinations of electing the new pope and the workings of the Catholic Church is superb. Intelligent and thought provoking. Masterful story telling and an unexpected twist that put a smile on my face. Page turner - very cleverly written.
"Good "read" (listen).. but!"
Excellent book with great detail and plenty of political intrigue within the Vatican. Narrator superb. Unfortunately, the ending was too contrived and brought me down with a bump!!
Roy Mcmillon (McMillan?) read very well and matches the tone of this story.
Robert Harris writes well.
I found this book almost as good as 'The Ghost', that Robert Harris wrote some years ago.
Our Dean, in telling his own story is an exact and very likeable person who begins to take a few risks and moves away from his established comfort zone in order to do his 'job' well.
Do not expect 'leaping over tall buildings' or 'spy vs spy' or contrived plots. You as reader or listener may guess the outcome and it really does not spoil the story at all. Another story you may find is about a man we only meet as a corpse. There is an absence perhaps of the high drama of Harris's Cicero trilogy and for me 'Conclave' remains compelling.
If you have already read and enjoyed Harris's other books and wonder how the election of a Pope could stand up to his other works, my only response is 'this book is well worth your credit and your time'.
"Erudite, Intriguing and absolutely Superb..."
I am not a Catholic nor do I have a great deal of knowledge of the activities of the Vatican. This didn't detract in any way from my immediate absorption into this magnificent story. In short, I loved it!!
A great story. I just had to keep listening. I guessed the outcome but not quite in the way it came!
"A good listen."
A fascinating insight into the election of a new Pope. I learned lots and was kept guessing. Would have been five stars if I hadn't guessed the final twist in the tale...
Fascinating insight into Vatican procedures with good characterisation and interesting revelations! Well read by Roy McMillan
Robert Harris is a fine writer but I was surprised at just how much tension he could put into the election of a fictional Pope. As someone with no real knowledge of Catholicism it was well sign posted and the end twist was unpredictable but signposted.
I cannot say what drew me to this book. However the story kept me enthralled. The twists and turns and the detail.
Factual about the Conclave and with an interesting storyline and ending.
Yes very well read.
"Great book. Well detailed story."
Good story. Loads of detail but never really had a climax.
Well narrated by Roy as always.
"How do cardinals elect a new pope?"
I didn't read the book and enjoyed listening to the audiobook, which was presented very well.
The Conclave is a story about a fictional papal election, which takes place following the sudden death of a humble pope who introduced several changes to modernise the Catholic Church and provoked some controversy in the Curia by doing so.In the center of the story we meet Cardinal Lomeli, the Dean of the College of Cardinals whose responsibility is to run the conclave according to the Apostolic Constitution. He conscientiously guides the 118 cardinals - who gather from all around the world - through the process, while discovering and exposing unethical behaviour of a number of potential candidates. He is loyal towards the dead pope and ultimately protects the election process from negative influences with the aim to appoint a worthy Pontiff.
No, I haven't listen to Mcmillan's any other performances.
This novel made me think. It gives some insight into how a real papal conclave might have run and features some of the current opposing views on terrorism and liberalism, both from the view point of the Catholic Church. The liberalist views resonated with me.As expected from an action-packed novel, the final twist leaves the reader wondering whether ultimately Lomeli can achieve his aim and what sort of message Harris would like to give to his readers. As such the story is open ended and helps readers to ponder on the challenges the Church and our society are facing in the 21st century.
"I was really surprised how much I enjoyed this boo"
Its all about selecting a pope but its a melting pot of secrets and plots to secure power and conceal the truth.
"Well written book"
Conclave wasn't the story i was expecting from Robert Harris but I enjoyed it anyway, quite informative while remaining interesting.
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