• by The Investigative Staff of the Boston Globe
  • Narrated by Paul Boehmer
  • 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On 31 January 2002, The Boston Globe published a report that sent shockwaves around the world. Their findings, based on a six-month campaign by the 'Spotlight' investigative team, showed that hundreds of children in Boston had been abused by Catholic priests and that this horrific pattern of behaviour had been known - and ignored - by the Catholic Church.
Instead of protecting the community it was meant to serve, the Church exploited its powerful influence to protect itself from scandal - and innocent children paid the price.


What the Critics Say

"The fullest account to date of the egregious priestly and episcopal mistakes, sins and crimes that occurred at the epicenter of what almost became a national crisis." (The NewYork Times)


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Customer Reviews

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Don't believe the church and state and everything they tell you

Reading this book one might suggest that it is the ultimate proof that god does not exist since even those ordained in his name are corrupt and god does nothing about it. In fact through his bishops such behaviour is condoned. However this is areview and not a religious debate and so I'll leave that to those more studious in such matters to conjecture. The book contains everything about the scandal that rocked a faith and church over the decades though to me it was not shocking or surprising at all. Some might be horrified that the church could actually seek to cover up such crimes but that's for them to feel. Men are men and they do things fort which they should be punished and are not. Man's law and god's law and which is best to follow is one question which this book does make one ask oneself. The information is detailed and pulls no punches. The naration isn't bad but the volume dips at times or that might jsut be me. It's nothing special though unless you like reading investigative reports and in view of other such scandals this is nothing new and so I can't give it full marks though it does, I think, achieve what it sets out to achieve and that is to uncover the complicity of everyone involved with the clargy of the Roman Catholic church in America.
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- Rose "I write short stories and love reading. I can't stand poor grammar though. I like most types of books but I don't like erotica or romance."


If you could sum up Betrayal in three words, what would they be?

Abuse of Power

What didn’t you like about Paul Boehmer’s performance?

Wasn't the most engaging narration.

Any additional comments?

Got to a point where I wanted to turn it off due to the subject matter but that's why it was allowed to happen, people not willing to see what was in front of them. Important piece of journalism though and hopefully that level of abuse doesn't happen again.

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- John McCluskey

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-02-2016
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audio