The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene audiobook

The Heart of the Matter

By Graham Greene
Read by Joseph Porter

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In this widely acclaimed modern classic, Graham Greene delves deep into character to tell the dramatic, suspenseful story of a good man’s conflict between passion and faith. A police commissioner in a British-governed, war-torn West African state, Scobie is bound by the strictest integrity and sense of duty both for his colonial responsibilities and for his wife, whom he deeply pities but no longer loves. Passed over for a promotion, he is forced to borrow money in order to send his despairing wife away on a holiday. When in her absence he develops a passion for a young widow, the scrupulously honest Catholic finds himself giving way to deceit and dishonor. Enmeshed in love and intrigue, he will betray everything he believes in, with tragic consequences. The Heart of the Matter is one of Graham Greene’s most enduring and tragic novels.

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Summary

Summary

One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction

One of Modern Library's 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century

In this widely acclaimed modern classic, Graham Greene delves deep into character to tell the dramatic, suspenseful story of a good man’s conflict between passion and faith.

A police commissioner in a British-governed, war-torn West African state, Scobie is bound by the strictest integrity and sense of duty both for his colonial responsibilities and for his wife, whom he deeply pities but no longer loves. Passed over for a promotion, he is forced to borrow money in order to send his despairing wife away on a holiday. When in her absence he develops a passion for a young widow, the scrupulously honest Catholic finds himself giving way to deceit and dishonor. Enmeshed in love and intrigue, he will betray everything he believes in, with tragic consequences.

The Heart of the Matter is one of Graham Greene’s most enduring and tragic novels.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A superb storyteller with a gift for provoking controversy.” New York Times
“No serious writer of this century has more thoroughly invaded and shaped the public imagination as did Graham Greene.” Time
“Greene had the sharpest eyes for trouble, the finest nose for human weaknesses, and was pitilessly honest in his observations...For experience of a whole century he was the man within.” Independent
“A literary ‘event’…[A] profoundly reverent book.” Evelyn Waugh
“Greene had wit and grace and character and story and a transcendent universal compassion that places him for all time in the ranks of world literature.” John le Carré
“Graham Greene was in a class by himself…He will be read and remembered as the ultimate chronicler of twentieth-century man’s consciousness and anxiety.” William Golding
“Joseph Porter’s gritty-voiced narration gives the story the perfect measure of world-weary angst.” Library Journal

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Author Bio: Graham Greene

Author Bio: Graham Greene

Graham Greene (1904–1991) was an English novelist, short-story writer, and playwright. He was an ardent convert to Catholicism, and religious themes are at the root of much of his writing. He served with the Secret Intelligence Service during the Second World War. His novels are set in places in a state of seedy decay, and many of his locations, such as Vietnam in The Quiet American and Cuba in Our Man in Havana, became international crisis spots.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 10.08
Audience: Adult
Language: English