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  • Conclave

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Roy Mcmillan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Close Call

  • By Kenneth on 25-09-2016

What a Ripper!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-05-2017

As a deeply secular person, I didn't expect to like Conclave at all. It is a book about the powerful male players within the Roman Catholic Church. The female characters are subservient, non-entities or victims. What's there to like, given all that, the liturgical incantations and the constant appeals to the Deity?

This novel is full of surprises and mesmeric moments, such that it's preferable if you can, read this novel in one sitting. Harris is masterful and succeeds in capturing the reader's full attention.

The complex interplay between power, politics, deceit and corruption is a Siren's Song. Once drawn in, you are compelled to stay for the duration and beyond. Well beyond..........

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