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.
Enjoying audiobooks daily!
Yes, because Colin Firth read it to me. He was the best part.
I have not.
All 3 main characters were well read and completely mental about each other.
No. No it does not. The story was sooooo depressing and slightly mental.
I will not listen again. It's just too depressing.
I had never read Graham Greene before and in fact bought the book more because I'm a big fan of Colin Firth. I wasn't disappointed in either of them. Colin Firth elevates narration to a new level. I never heard his voice, only those of the characters and author. I felt like I was being entertained, not just read to. Firth seemed to understand and interpret the subtleties in Greene's writing.
I also enjoyed the novel itself, though I was a bit let down by the ending. That's probably a personal feeling and others may not agree. The book had depth that I didn't expect, exploring themes of love, relationships and religion. The cuckolded husband is an interesting, well-drawn character, something one doesn't usually see in such stories. No one in Greene's vision is completely guilty or innocent, all are with faults, simply human. A nice, very well-written surprise.
Yes, because the story is intriguing and the reader is excellent.
Its insights into people's approaches to Catholicism in general.
Maybe get Colin Firth to narrate more good books? Would be lovely!
I fell in love with a woman… (isn’t that how all great stories begin? but that’s the beginning of my story, not this one). I fell in love with a woman and although I still love her with all my heart, we are no longer in love nor have we spoken in an eternity. She taught me that you can only hate a woman as much as you love her… and I HATE her! This book is the story of that love, and hate. The details, circumstances and actions are different, of course, but this book puts words to the unspoken thoughts, emotions, jealousies and atrocities that go along with such passion. Colin Firth is breathtaking in his telling of this story, so much so that I doubt I would have enjoyed it nearly as much if I read the book with my own eyes. Everything is so raw that each time I started listening my heart quickened and on several occasions I had to stop the audiobook because I couldn’t handle it any longer. It’s taken me months to get through the whole story for the same reason. The last third turns into a discourse on religion and faith, but it’s tolerable for the tidbits of emotional insight. Altogether, does this make it a fantastic story… or not? I’ll let you be the judge. I know I look for a story that will elicit a reaction, and this book has done that, masterfully.
Husband/Father, Educator, Gamer
I have never read or listened to Graham Greene's work before, and he was an incredible writer. His use of language is so poetic and beautiful. Colin Firth is of course an awesome actor, and that shows in his work here. He does justice to the power of the language. It was a great listen.
This is not one of those heavy plot books. This is a reflection on love and faifth with characters and a plot that move it along. A true work of art.
Colin YES. Graham Green, probablly not.
Maybe it's just the genre. I haven't listened to many classics. But I just kept thinking, "What is the point here?"
A reader of fiction (Roth, Irving, Oates, Murakami, Tolstoy), history (especially American), a teacher and psychologist, a New Yorker living in the Midwest.
For a combination of writing and narration, this ranks very high. Greene definitely has a point-of-view, a religious point-of-view conveyed by the doubts and conflicts (and coincidences or miracles) lived by its two protagonists- Maurice and Sarah. What is presented as a story of hate, predictably, turns into a story of love, but I didn't mind at all. The writing was excellent and the narration by Colin Firth is wonderful. I kept thinking "Why didn't it end here?" But the story goes on, and a new layer is revealed. Greene's writing is as sharp as in The Quiet American. The characters are revealed gradually and masterfully. They are complex, torn souls who love intensely and in complex fashion.
Sarah: she is a torn sinner/saint, cynic/believer. We know her, to a great extent, through her diary, which turns the story around. There is no way this character could speak the things she writes and be believable.Maurice is obviously the author. He is a very-well-drawn character, but not so fascinating as Sarah.
I have not listened to him perform an audiobook before. He is obviously a terrific actor, and reads the characters with enormous skill.
A story or a love affair has no beginning or end.
Great story and well read by Colin Firth...I didn't want it to end. Would recommend to those readers who enjoy a good moral plot with twists and turns.
Honestly, too many to name...such food for thought.
Emotion and inflection - he had the ability to make the character sympathetic wherein without Colin's portrayal I may have found the main character merely one dimensional.