Colin Firth was, of course, spectacular. Too good in fact. He portrayed an angry, depressed lover who never understood the meaning of love. I kept hoping he would find some redemption, but his paranoia and anger permeated the whole story. Interesting because of the performer, but ultimately I satisfying.
This story is beautifully narrated by Colin Furth whose voice I could listen to raptly while he read the proverbial phone book. That voice saves the imperfect wallowing ruminations of Bendrix, the author protagonist, from common self pity when the editor was lax about tightening the narrative. And that is my only complaint about this brilliant story.
The plot about the end of an affair and it's surprising twist of acceptance travels from the hero , Bendrix', judgemental lonely longing to lust and sex and on to the cuckhold husband, the idealized woman, a man's self hate, loss, anger jealousy, a private detective and ultimately negotiating with and also doubting God.
How Graham Greene writes the implausible plot believably shows the exquisite craftsmanship of a master of characterization, rotating POV, balance of plot, and display the human spirit. Shows why the classics inspire ageless vitality and compassion.
I really didn't like this book very much, yet I couldn't put it down. the emotion of the characters were so raw, I just had to know the end.
I read this novel in the distant past but chose the audio as apparently one of few, if the only, audio book read by Colin Firth. He did an unbelievable job as you might expect bringing this amazing story of love and God to life. Although Greene is described as a Catholic author there is only catholicism with a small "c" in this novel.
The beautiful, beautiful prose and imagery of Greene read expertly by Firth.
The underlying message conveyed so beautifully and organically.
I have not listened to Colin Firth's other performances.
Hendrix's grudging acknowledgment that God is waiting to welcome any sinner ready to make that leap of faith. "For if this God exists . . . we could all be saints by leaping as you [Sarah] leapt . . ."
Highly, highly recommended.
If you like Graham Greene & Colin Firth, what's not to like, then you might really enjoy the story & especially Mr. Firth's reading. With a soothing voice, his British accent so perfect as the narrator & protagonist of this 'illicit' love story set in London during WW2, the story becomes personal. His intonation seems flawless, pauses perfect, change in tone & volume seducing, without annoying ticks or feigned interest and belief in the characters' voices. I dare say when stressed or while flying I feel a comfort knowing soon Colin will be reading to me one of my favorites. Thank you , Colin.
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.