Now I remember how much I disliked Graham Greene's books. Colin Firth may be a good actor but even the greatest narration cannot help such self- indulgences. If you have lots of time on your hands you may adore this book as many reviewers obviously do. For me it had no attraction. She's dead. Get over it! And, moving in with your dead lovers husband? PLEASE...........
I enjoyed the way the author worked around so many moral values in this novel. Thought provoking in terms of right, wrong, love, devotion, God, and humanity. The setting was perfect for this story and the passion was moving. I will probably listen to this again some time to get the full value of the story.
I would likely not have picked up the printed version. I got the audio because of the narrator and the award.
The private detective and his son. They were, I felt, the most genuine people.
I felt he gave real depth to the reading, maintained consistency in all the characters and colored the scenes appropriately - they were not all dark, nor all light.
When the private detective returned the book. I was afraid his son had died and was so very relieved that he had recovered and how.
I just look forward to more books read by Mr. Firth. Please publish more soon!!
The narrator was okay, but I didn't like the story. I guess it was probably well written, but it was not a good, funny, sad, happy, thought provoking story. It was a downer. I am a Christian and a believer, but even that part of this story left me shaking my head. Maybe I just didn't get it.
I have just downloaded The Caine Mutiny. I do like "classics". I have never read this one, but I loved Winds of War and War and Remembrance.
Only Sarah and she not so much.
Perhaps the best.
It's... heart-wrenching, but so well written.
Can't say how much I love it.
I didn't understand it. To rambling.
didn't like it at all....listened for five minutes..enough.
This book was compelling, tragic, and beautifully performed. A top favorite for both story and performance.
Reading has been my mental escape. You can go anywhere, anytime, in your mind
Was there truly an "end to the affair"? we all experience the life we have, and the life we wish we had. Loyalties don't always serve oneself. I like this book for all the right and the wrong reasons. One can be content with their actual choice, and ambivalent about the one they could/would have made had the circumstance been different
Sarah, she has some tough choices to make. Friendship for a lifetime or passion for a fleeting moment.
no, but he is an amazing reader!
Sarah's loyalty was admirable in that she respected Henry more than she desired to make herself happy...She knew what she had with Henry, Bendricks was ambiguous in his choices.
To know one is desired by more than one person? Priceless!
What disappoints me the most is how so many people can give this a high rating let alone anoint it "Audiobook of the year." There is literally no new take on the subject matter and no new insight being offered. And as far as the listening experience goes, it is akin to having a rash that starts out small and then takes over one's entire body. The fact that so many people can derive any sort of pleasure from such a long painful flow of misery that does nothing but get worse and more painful as the story goes on disturbs me in terms of what it says about people. This book/audiobook is the highbrow equivalent to staring at road side car wrecks.
I would absolutely recommend it, and I have. Like so many reviewers have mentioned, Colin Firth's performance of this work is stellar, and complements the novel itself well. His reading is powerful and evocative, and really captures the nuance and lyricism of the work.
This is the first Graham Greene novel I've read, and I absolutely loved it.
Even though it's set in pre-war, wartime and post-war London, from around 1939 to 1946, its themes and the struggles of its all too human characters are timeless. It is a beautiful meditation on love, hate, reason, faith, spirituality and human potential. It's wonderfully written, and I was taken aback more than once by the force of its simply stated truths. I don't know that I fully agree with everything Greene seems to be saying in the work, but I enjoyed it immensely nonetheless.
Colin Firth's narration is extremely evocative, without being at all overwrought. His performance is nigh perfect, and contributes to the lyricism and power of the book.
No. Even though it's a short work, and I really enjoyed it--in fact, because I really enjoyed it--I wanted to take the time required to really take it in and appreciate it. I listened over a period of about three days.
I'll be reading more Graham Greene, and I would listen to anything else Colin Firth narrated as well.