It is true that when listening to this book, I was continuously switching my emotions from love to hate for all different characters; but that is exactly what love and mainly a love affair is. There is not only a good or a bad in a love story; there is always a victim and a victor but that fact is constantly changing. So at the end, we are left with the unsatisfied feeling of loneliness and love. It also appears that this book was written to be read by Colin Firth, perfect and unrepeatable match!
I am in the minority on this one. Although the narration was good, I found the story line to be ponderous and I did not care for the religious stuff that was integral to the plot. Part of my issue was I did not buy into Sarah's reason for ending the affair. I finished it, but there were times I almost gave up. This one was not for me.
I didn't think I'd like this book. I chose it because it's on the Audible Essentials list, and Collin Firth has a wonderful voice, and it's a classic. It was almost a duty listen. but the more it went on the deeper and better it got, and from a bitter little story of jealousy and anger it became so beautiful that by the end I felt really moved.
I love listening while I'm driving and Colin Firth was mesmerizing
no, this was my first and I really enjoyed it
sigh...if i only had time
highly recommend, even my husband got into it
I would recommend it to a friend who likes reading realistic books. If you are a romantic and want a happy ending Graham Greene seldom offers that in any of his books.
I liked The Quiet American better. The story was more vivid and the characters more realistic.
Colin Firth has that classy English accent that really brings the characters to life. It would not work as well if the narrator had to fake an accent.
Yes, can't go wrong with any Graham Greene books if you don't mind seeing the world for what it really is and the people that really exist in it.
You have to like Graham Greene to enjoy any of his novels. For Americans ease into this author with The Quiet American or Our Man in Havana to understand better how Greene weaves actual historical events into his books. (It is easier for Americans to relate to the character 1. because one of the main characters is usually American & 2. the events are usually things taught in American History 101.)
He loves her, he hates her.
She loves him, but she won't be with him. She doesn't believe in g-d, then is all consumed by her belief in g-d.
At a point the angst is overwhelming and you need a break, a break-through or the end of the story!
Kudos to Colin Firth on the narration but it doesn't save a dreary, tedious tale.
Firth saves what would have been a basically old story that had no twists or other rewarding features. I don't think anything could improve the rating as the story itself, although it's well written, is a boring love story, if such a thing is possible.
Graham Greene could have let us know more of who the female character is. Her actions and few words leave a feeling, not of mystery, but of frustration. It is like looking through smoked glass at something that is not interesting. Her beauty, personality, character, etc - what in her gives rise to these men's passion for her? I must add, Mr. Greene chose a disappointing ending.. It was cliche; I was surprised. It felt like he couldn't get rid of his characters and was dying to get home to a warm fire, so he ended it as quickly as possible. - it was as if he wrote that he suddenly awoke to find it was all a dream.
I have followed Coli Firth in movies but never on audio.
The redeeming qualities, for me, were that it had a certain atmosphere - dark and elusive - that I enjoyed. I enjoyed the performance by Mr. Firth. I may have learned something from it about how men relate to one another. And there were some wonderful scenes, like when they make love and there is an air raid warning going on and the new German bombs etc. begin to explode. Very visual and memorable.
I love books at Audible and wanted to write a review to be helpful to others. This isn't a very positive review, and I know Graham Greene is a great writer. I read him many years ago. Perhaps I wan't able to let myself go into the language and rhythms of repetitions etc in this novel and got too focused on plot. Mainly, I was all set for a good summer read and was disappointed.
Mom, full time job, long commute. Love audio books!
I bought this mainly for Colin Firth's narration and it did not disappoint. The story is somewhat depressing and slow at times, but I did enjoy traveling back into the past. I've found that the story has somewhat stayed with me.