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The Confession

Unabridged / Go to Abridged Audiobook

Written By: John Grisham

Narrated By: Scott Sowers

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: October 2010

Duration: 14 hours 33 minutes


An innocent man is about to be executed.

Only a guilty man can save him.

For every innocent man sent to prison, there is a guilty one left on the outside. He doesnt understand how the police and prosecutors got the wrong man, and he certainly doesnt care. He just cant believe his good luck. Time passes and he realizes that the mistake will not be corrected: the authorities believe in their case and are determined to get a conviction. He may even watch the trial of the person wrongly accused of his crime. He is relieved when the verdict is guilty. He laughs when the police and prosecutors congratulate themselves. He is content to allow an innocent person to go to prison, to serve hard time, even to be executed.

Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

Now nine years have passed. Travis has just been paroled in Kansas for a different crime; Donté is four days away from his execution. Travis suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. For the first time in his miserable life, he decides to do whats right and confess.

But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges, and politicians that theyre about to execute an innocent man?From the Hardcover edition.


  • Roxor

    I still enjoy Grisham books, although another difficult story due the crime and the reality of capital punishment; basically our legal system and (sub)human nature. The only reason this does not rate 5 stars is the quality of the CD's, several skips.

  • Laurie

    I hung on every word, every syllable, this was one of the best books ever. John Grisham drives it home once again. I recommend this book as number 1 on my list.

  • Tom

    I endured "The Appeal" and jumped right into "The Confession" thinking that I wouldn't be let down again. I was wrong. While I have thoroughly enjoyed his earlier books and therefore considered myself a fan it's apparent to me that Mr. Grisham considers himself successful enough that he has earned the right to advance his political views via his books. To add insult to injury he evidently also thinks his past success excuses his mind numbing rambling about the details of which the reader can second guess a chapter before.

  • Regina

    Basically a lengthy apology in favor of abolishing the death penalty in murder mystery format. I felt duped into wasting my time wading through Grisham's rhetoric only to find that the ending packed absolutely no punch at all.

  • Ken Mc

    John Grisham has lost his touch. Just no more suspense in his novels. Lost is his trilling suspense that I loved in his earlier works such as The Runaway Jury, The Last Juror, and The Partner (my favorite). And, no narrator can compare to the late Frank Muller; but, I really didn't care for Sewell. Just too bad that this work is disappointing.

  • Elvira

    John Grisham has always been one of my favorite authors, this was a good story, but I would have to agree with others. It was repetative in some chapters, and very long. I think the abridged version would have been better for this one.

  • The Colonel

    Way too long, should opt for the Abridged version. About one-third in I put in the final CD to find out what happened, don't feel like I missed a thing. Not Grisham's best by a long shot.

  • Kerri

    I have read quite a few books by John Grisham in my day and for the most part I have enjoyed them. However, this one just felt laborious to get through. The ending wasn't all that satisfying and even though the angle on the Texas State death penalty seemed fresh, I didn't love this book. I wonder how much of what Grisham wrote about the process of being executed (and attempts to get a last minute stay) were fictionalized. Perhaps not too much considering the corruption in his book was hardly far fetched. It was truly heartbreaking in moments and then people's emotions or feeling were glossed over in other parts. I realize Grisham is a legal writer primarily, but I felt it was a disconnect in that way especially with the heavy subject matter at hand. I can't say it isn't worth listening to, but it wasn't my favorite.

  • Ed G

    Don't know why he even bothered having a plot to this book, the veil over the pontificating isn't even thin. This book is basically a treatise on why the Death Penalty is evil. Just not much of a story

  • Paperback Reader

    Good story. Easy to understand how you could be 'swayed' by folks. Does make you think twice about the death penalty.


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