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Conclave Audiobook

Conclave

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Mrs Maureen Cate Wollaston, Northamptonshire United Kingdom 16/01/2017
    Mrs Maureen Cate Wollaston, Northamptonshire United Kingdom 16/01/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Erudite, Intriguing and absolutely Superb..."
    Where does Conclave rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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!!


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    Elizabeth 15/01/2017
    Elizabeth 15/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Compelling"

    A great story. I just had to keep listening. I guessed the outcome but not quite in the way it came!

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    Amazon Customer 14/01/2017
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    "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...

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    StarGazer 12/01/2017
    StarGazer 12/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Insight"

    Fascinating insight into Vatican procedures with good characterisation and interesting revelations! Well read by Roy McMillan

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    Andrew Dalton UK 12/01/2017
    Andrew Dalton UK 12/01/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Bizarrely gripping"

    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.

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    SalES 12/01/2017
    SalES 12/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Unexpected Gem"
    What did you like most about Conclave?

    I cannot say what drew me to this book. However the story kept me enthralled. The twists and turns and the detail.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Factual about the Conclave and with an interesting storyline and ending.


    What about Roy Mcmillan’s performance did you like?

    Yes very well read.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


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    stubar 12/01/2017
    stubar 12/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book. Well detailed story."

    Good story. Loads of detail but never really had a climax.

    Well narrated by Roy as always.

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    Doctor Michael B 08/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "How do cardinals elect a new pope?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Conclave to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the book and enjoyed listening to the audiobook, which was presented very well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Roy Mcmillan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't listen to Mcmillan's any other performances.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


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    J 07/01/2017
    J 07/01/2017
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    "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.

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    Rob 06/01/2017
    Rob 06/01/2017 Member Since 2009
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    "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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  • Pat Barry
    24/11/16
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    "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!!

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  • Sandy
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    "Engrossing"


    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'.

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