The Heart of the Matter

Written by:
Graham Greene
Narrated by:
Joseph Porter

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
December 1998
10 hours 6 minutes
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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It's hard to separate my evaluation of the book and the reading, but Joseph Porter has given us a straightforward interpretation of Graham Greene's tale of a man caught in a morass of deception and struggling with his crushing sense of personal responsibility. Perhaps no one has written more movingly than Greene about the Blessed Sacrament and God's insistent love. It might have been easy for a narrator to mock Scobie's spiritual dilemma or to caricature the whining women in his life, but Porter doesn't. Porter's reading also conveys, without histrionics, the tragedy of Ali, which marks a final step in Scobie's moral downfall---more decisive perhaps than his unworthy reception of Holy Communion. A mystery to any Catholic, and an indication of Scobie's paralyzing overconscientiousness, is his notion that his Rosary is useless because broken. Prayer is possible, with or without a physical aid, and why did God give us ten fingers, anyway? God can mend broken things, even Scobie.

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