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.
This book just droned on and on. The only reason I kept listening was I kept hoping it would get better....it didn't. Even Colin Firth couldn't save this long sad stupid tale.
Good but not enough to make this worth listening
They were all pathetic
Graham Greene being bipolar. The inner dialog was fascinating, how he swung back and forth between loving and despising the object of his affection. Made me wonder if it was like stepping inside the mind of a bipolar man.
First, Colin Firth does an amazing job: no surprise there. The last few books I have listened to have been read with poor breathing control, terrible foreign accents, and unbelievable voices.
The book kept my interest for the most part. The ending was believable, though a bit unexpected. Every question wasn't answered, which I like. More to ruminate over. It was a bit dated (mid to late 1940s), as far as relationships went, yet at the same time there was something timeless about them.
If you are looking for another Greene, I would read .
The story is very well written. You're enveloped immediately. Colin's voice is hypnotic. Most of the story is told through his character's thoughts and it takes a little getting used to because it's so intimate. Its as if he is whispering the story in your ear the entire time. Very intimate.
Colin Firth's voice and talent in interpreting the story, Not sure I would have enjoyed the print version as much. Colin's voice did it!
I'm not a fan of the 'pat' happy ending, so I didn't mind this ending.
Colin makes it a movie in your head. You can 'see' the characters. Wouldn't have gotten that from the book.