Graham Greene's style is captivating and his exploration of the reluctance of humanity to turn to God, in spite of overwhelming signs and evidence, is quite believable. A very realistic, very human tale. Any believer might commiserate with the atheist protagonists as the doubts and troubles and emotions Greene portrays are so universal and so natural. A good read.
I've lost count of how many times I've listened to this book. The story itself is so moving, and Colin Firth as narrator just seals the deal. He does a phenomenal job of emoting without all the fluff. His voices for the different characters are perfectly done without being ridiculous. This is one of the best narrations out there.
Colin Firth's narration, definitely. He isn't just reading the story; he is performing it. He also doesn't seem to get bored with the material, as some of your readers seem to. I have read Greene's other novels and there are spots in all of them that could not hold my attention. That isn't the case with this one, and I don't think that it better than any of the others. The narration must make the difference.
I liked being ambivalent about the characters. None of them are especially likeable, but they aren't hateful either. They are hard to figure out.
Haven't listened to any others, but I will now.
It made me sad. There is a lot to think about in it and Graham Greene is the kind of writer whose work can't be appreciated or understood with one read-through (or listen). Whenever I go back to one of his stories, I find something new.
Colin Firth is one of the best readers that I've found on Audible. If I am not sure that I am interested in a book, I will get it just to hear him read.
Colin Firth delivers an AMAZING performance in this reading. His voice contains worlds of emotion. This is incredibly difficult since so much of the story are the internal musings and thoughts of the main character.
I bought this because I like Colin's work. I saw the movie with Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore and thought it was a snooze (well, I wasn't very sophisticated back then haha), so when this popped up in my Audible recommendations list I thought "Why not? It'll be a good listen to fall asleep by". Boy was I wrong. Colin's delivery woke me right up! Simply phenomenal.
Colin Firth is masterful, and Grahame Green's words are superb. I got lost in this tale of imperfect humans behaving poorly in spite of their highest intentions. The search for G*d is specific and universal. Characters are rich and yet completely identifiable. I've read this before and seen the movie, but this was my favorite experience with a his novel. Just achingly tragic and beautiful.
Colin Firth is wonderful as the narrator but I found the essence of the story unsettling and riddled with pain. I came away feeling depressed.
What a whiner! This was one of the most depressing and boring books I've read.
I kept waiting for something to happen, but it was more of the same. I finally gave up and didn't finish the book.
I wanted Morris to come to faith in the end. I guess the ending left it like it was likely he would. Great performance by Firth. Loved him in The King's Speech.
I listen mostly to non fiction but took an opportunity to listen to this novel because of the narration by Colin Firth, the actor. I was not disappointed! Of course, this novel was also extremely moving and dealt with issues of life, death, and the existential notions of its period.