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In a poor Mexican state in the 1930s, the Red Shirts have viciously persecuted the clergy and murdered many priests. Yet one remains - the ‘whisky priest’ who believes he's lost his soul. On the run and with the police closing in, his routes of escape are being shut off, his chances getting fewer. But compassion and humanity force him along the road to his destiny…

Andrew Sachs reads Graham Greene’s powerful novel about a worldly Roman Catholic priest and his quest for penitence and dignity.

©1940 Graham Greene (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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A wonderful novel beautifully narrated

I have read the novel twice. But it was a delight to have someone read it to me, which was a different experience. The narrator is good, but the voice employed for that of the lieutenant, while distinct, was a little weird. Nonetheless, Greene's evocations of the whiskey priest, his surroundings and existential plight are so powerful, it doesn't matter.

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Vintage Greene, beautifully narrated.

I've only recently discovered Greene, though I've been aware of his reputation for a long time. I've read three of his titles now but this is the first audio version I've purchased. If it's any indication of the standard, I'll be purchasing many more. A great story, told by a master wordsmith and wonderfully narrated.

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Brilliant Graham Greene

Depressing, but uplifting. A master craftsman of the English Language. Can you believe in God, though?

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  • 10-11-2019

A very slow burn that gets there eventually

I came to this book after reading Green's flawless The Quiet American. Unfortunately this book was a bit dull in comparison, despite the evocative setting. It has moments of brilliance scattered throughout the book. And the closing chapters are very powerful. In order to get there you have to wade through a lot of repetitive self-imposed guilt trips from the protagonist, the whisky priest. Compounding this issue, the characters other than the priest are all somewhat hollow. They seem to exist entirely for the priest to interact with so the author can use the interactions to shed light on the priest's internal struggles. Even the priest himself seems at times simply a vessel for Green to go over his own issues with belief and guilt in countless ways throughout the book. If you like Green it may be worth it just to get to the stunning conclusion but I certainly found getting there a bit of a hard slog.

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A classic.

A wonderful reading of a true classic book. Sachs gives just enough character to each voice to bring the book to life without turning it into a performance rather than a reading. I highly recommend it.

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  • Craig
  • 17-10-2020

A story unlike others and great narration

A story unlike any I’ve ever read and great narration. In a sense it’s an adventure story, which keeps things interesting and moving where otherwise the dialogue or thoughts could have been slow. It’s too bad about the skipping part in the second last chapter—I don’t know how much was skipped. The story engaged my affections and I really felt for the whisky priest by the end

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  • paula ezpeleta
  • 16-06-2020

Boring

The best is the narrator, incredible voice. But the story is so boring and depressing.

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  • Aquilina Christophorus
  • 12-01-2018

No small entertainment

They say this isn't Greene's most memorable one, but Andrew Sachs most assuredly makes it so for me. Greene was very fond of this work and credited it more highly than his spy thrillers (which he named "entertainments). This novel aims to ponder deeply on what it is to be a man of the cloth, or even just a man with a faith (the Catholic one, in this case). How strong does it really make you if you aren't courageous from the start?

An absolute must read if you are going to work your entire way through Greene. So far only the Stamboul Train flopped totally for me (way too outdated), but the others so far, be they full of consuls, spies, or aunts and lovers, all go towards this novelist's central quest for spiritual meaning to life and that this might rhyme with love and personal consolation.

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  • RFO
  • 03-10-2018

Mesmerising and utterly captivating

This book had me in thrall. I just loved it, and the narration was superb. The introspection and slow unfolding of both the inner turmoil and outer experiences of this sad whisky priest mesmerised me completely. Graham Greene is a really great writer, and the professional way it is read by Andrew Sachs is unbeatable.

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  • Mary
  • 22-12-2016

Wonderful book, remarkable rendition.

This was an incredible experience - the narrator's range of voices clearly distinguishes between the different characters, and his expressiveness throughout the text completely immersed me in the story. Poetic, poignant and precise - one of the geatest performances I have yet to hear on Audible.

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  • susan
  • 13-11-2019

Mexico at its worst

This was a complete different read for me and was not expecting much but I loved it The story became so real and when Andrew Sachs the narrator told this with different accents it was as if I was there.

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  • Nigel Allison
  • 09-07-2019

A great listen

A great story brilliantly read by Andrew Sachs - it is difficult to overstate the importance of the reader and his (or her) ability to convey the different characters.

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  • Nicholas G Phillips
  • 25-07-2017

Narration gives great depth to the characters

What did you like most about The Power and the Glory?

That I'm sure a re-listening to the book will yield further.

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Andrew Sachs: first class. Gave an extra sinister dimension to the character of the Mestizo – not a trace of Manuel there.

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  • Andy Parsons
  • 09-09-2015

Showing its age.

I love Graham Greene and I studied this one for my "O" Levels (that shows how long ago), I thought I would revisit the book. I have to say I was disappointed, the themes of communism, catholicism, martyrdom and redemption all seemed very dated and out of their time. The racist overtones around the "half-caste" (sic) character also cannot fail to grate. I don't remember even discussing that aspect back in the seventies. It is a deeply depressing book with very little of the humour and lightness of touch that characterises much of Greene's work.
Of course much of the writing is fantastically evocative of a hot climate and hard times; in fact I read a lot of it whilst visiting Cuba. I had a much better time than the Whisky Priest I am pleased to say; this is not holiday reading.
One massive point in its favour is Andrew Sachs masterful performance but even this could not make it anything other than a difficult and depressing experience. I suppose not all literature can be enjoyable but the dated nature of the themes make the journey a long hard climb to nowhere much on the back of a difficult mule.

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  • Jacky
  • 26-11-2016

Engaging and fabulously read

the story has a slow pace and describes an important time in the history of Mexico through the journey of a priest. Fantastically well read which brings it alive as sometimes the pace is too slow.

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  • patricia gracey
  • 17-11-2016

Wonderful narration of. a Classic

I think Andrew Sachs portrays the different characters in such an interesting way. It brought this book, which I have read before, to life in a way I didn't get on reading. Graham Greene is a writer whose books stand up to many rereadings, especially this one. Highly recommended for all ages

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-12-2012

Thought provoking

I did this book at school and it remained with me in the back of my mind. The complexity of the main character was sore on my head, as it twists and turns depending on when you look. Well narrated

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