What a depressing story and what an amazing voice actor. I would not have chosen to read this book, but Firth is just so unbelievably interesting to listen to, I couldn't stop, even after I decided I despised the characters and hated the plot.
I would listen to any book narrated by this man - the phonebook, photocopier manuals, the iTunes user agreement that I always just click "Agree" on and have never, ever actually read. Seriously, if you want people to really know what we're signed get this guy to narrate it.
The story was amazing but so dark and sad. The performance was top notch. Although I know I am biased because having Colin Firth purring in my ear is never a bad thing...at some point it was like READING a book; I was no longer hearing his voice, I was just "seeing" the story.
This was my first Graham Greene novel and I'm so glad I listened to it with Firth narrating. The writing is beautiful, the story poignant, but overall a bit predictable. Still, Firth made it easy to listen to the end!
Colin Firth brings this story to life. He makes the characters live and breathe and he makes you ache for them. The story is incredibly written by Graham Greene. How interesting that it was based in-part on his own life!
After reading reviews of the wonderful narration, I had to download this book. Now, after listening to the book, I have to agree with other reviewers that the narration makes the book. If I would have read it, I don't think I would have enjoyed it half as much. It's a narration that begins after the affair ended 18 months earlier. The jilted lover, still hurting runs into his ex Sarah and all the old feelings re-emerge. His question 'does he love or hate her', thus the theme of the story, leading to the question of faith and how different people interpret the idea of faith. An interesting and thought provoking listen.
Graham Greene is a master story teller. His words are delicious and nuanced. Savor them slowly.
Thoughtful. Human. Sensitive.
Turn of the Screw. The Overcoat. Stories where the characters are wrestling with their relationships and their personal beliefs.
I have not but now I want to find more by him.
When Sarah admitted in her diary that whatever her relationship with Morris, it was different than any other she had and other men could not fill that void. And she wondered why there had to be other men at all. That was a passage of self reflection and burgeoning self knowledge that she never quite completed.
Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books
This novel is fairly complex. It touches on religion, desire,war, adultery...I would not be able to summarize it in three words (and probably not in 100)
The narrator of the story, the lover, was my favorite. He was angry and flawed. The fact that Colin Firth gave him his voice probably further endeared him to me. I found this character very believable. Apparently this novel is based on an actual relationship the writer had.
I came to this book after seeing the movie with Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore so I have a very visual conception of this novel. Actually, I was touched by the interaction of the husband and the lover at the end of the book.
The narration by Firth was a real treat. Although I saw the movie first and enjoyed Ralph Fiennes in the role of the lover I would take Firth characterization over his any day.
I am a retired English teacher and I love to read and/or listen to Audible selections!
The story is wonderful, but even more importantly---Colin Firth narrates it! I absolutely love his voice! I was heartbroken when the book ended.
The first sentence---Colin Firth's voice!
I haven't heard any of his other books read. This is the first. Where are others???
Please sign Colin Firth to read other books for Audible!
Maybe the story
Just Colin Firth
Would love to hear more of Colin but maybe another author.