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.
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.