Colin Firth brings the characters alive. I was mesmerized by his voice, narration style, and the deep emotions he evoked in me.
I couldn't bring myself to like Sarah. But I really liked her husband and the strong bond that the two men: Bendrix and Miles shared through their mutual love and pain. A great read (or should I say "listen"!).
I was completely and totally submerged in this S story, although I'm not sure how engaged I would have been if it had a different narrator. Firth brings so much to this story. It was a pleasure to listen to him.
Obsession, jealousy, and loathing
I enjoyed The Power and the Glory more.
When Maurice proudly admits to Henry that he had a private investigator follow Sarah. I would say that is the climax of showing Maurice's ridiculous behavior resulting in his obsession. Once Maurice starts reading Sarah's diary, the story goes very dull and just rambles on and on.
I thought the book became very boring about halfway through.
Excellent novel, compelling reader, what good fiction is supposed to be.
If you haven't seen the movie - don't! Instead listen to this great interior novel, told almost entirely inside the narrator's head. Fortunately Mr. Firth completely owns the character. I enjoy Mr. Greene's work but had not read this one. Given the performance of the material, I believe hearing this turned out to be the best approach. There are a few plot twists but that isn't why we're there. A wonderful listen, so good I'll probably listen again sometime.
Love reading the classics -- especially with great narrators.
I love the author's writing and Colin Firth speaks his words superbly. Very beautiful and sad love story, which also speaks to fundamental issues of faith. I really loved this and wish there were more stories read by Colin Firth.
Colin Firth is amazing. He becomes Bendricks and you can feel the loss in his voice. Very moving performance.
I regret that this book didn't fulfill my need for more Power and Glory. I loved that story, and wanted more, but this one fell short. In fact, the last third was so boring I could barely finish it, and did so only out of respect for Graham Greene. I truly admire his intention, and wish I could be more complimentary but the main characters in this story are distinctly unlikeable and left me cold.