Honestly, I got this just because Colin Firth was narrating. I read The End of the Affair many years ago in school and didn't recall particularly enjoying it. The narration is divine, but I can't say that I particularly like the story itself. I really just didn't care about the characters or what happened to them.
Graham Greene excels in the use of the language, creating a beautiful flow which is enhanced by Colin Firth's presentation. The story line shows promise from the start, but about 3/4 of the way through dies a miserable death devolving into a long winded and boring religious diatribe.
I was disappointed with the last part of the book, thought it could have been better.
The narration, and how true the story felt on an emotional level
Bendrix and Henry. One you empathize with, one you feel sorry for.
All excellent, in my opinion. The strength of the narration isn't in the wildly different characters' voices, but in the proper emotion and sense of character delivered to each
Bendrix, as I've listened to him rant and mourn for five hours already, and wouldn't mind another few
This is certainly a clever and insightful piece of writing on the emotional dynamics of love and infidelity. It's also rather dismal to live inside the protagonists head for the length of the book. Colin Firth is an inspired choice as reader, he portrays characters of that social class and period with precision and bone dry wit. One can't escape the prevailing sense of doom and sadness though.
Yes, it is so beautifully written and read. The protagonist is one that you like and hate at the same time and it brings in to question one's beliefs and attitudes within society.
The Narrator tells the story and is the character who is involved, the perspective is biased and possibly unreliable but he captures his feelings with a melancholic, selfish beauty.
He is an excellent performer and his voice is perfect for the protagonist.
Any, they are all incredibly complex characters.
It left me astounded and moved. It is an exceptionally good look at human nature and of course the great theme of 'love'.
I listen to audible books when I drive, This one did not hold my attention.
I did not even listen to all of it, so I am not certain. It just did not grab me.
Colin Firth's performance was better than I even hoped for! The story is compelling and beautifully told. I highly recommend it.