...but fun. Odd-ish story, but thoroughly enjoyable for aging Anglophiles. Not quite typical subject matter for Greene. Colin Firth absolutely perfect.
Colin Firth's reading of this wonderful novel is magnificent. His textured interpretation brings the nuances of the book to life.
I certainly would listen to this book again. I will wait a year or two, as the effect it left with me still echos. Colin Firth has used his collection of talent, insight, and I am guessing, experience with his own conflicts, to express the depth of this story.
Graham Greene took the time to cherry pick each emotion from the avalanche that is borne with war, loss, and love. He also had the insight to strip down his characters to the point of raw personality, which made the story flow, rather than bog with too much flesh.
The story kept me interested to the end. For me, this is a challenge, as I am naturally drawn to nail biting, mysterious adventures.
I found this audio book to be mesmerizing. Once I started listening, I could not stop. While I didn't care for some of the Catholic-related content, overall I found the story to be achingly beautiful. Combine the story with the narration of Colin Firth and the result is a wonderful, wonderful audio book. I highly recommend.
The story from start to finish was unpredictable and told from such an empassioned perspective, I couldn't help but be sucked completely into the book.
The Awakening by Chopin has that same longing for the love you can't grasp.
I loved them all.
I laughed and cried because it reminded me so much of my former fiance who passed far too young.
If you love well-written, touching literature read this. Even if you don't ... TRY SOMETHING NEW!
A tragic romance.
The way that Greene is unflinching in his characters. Even if I don't like his protagonist as a person, he makes the character fully human and thus relatable.
This was an Audiobook I finished in about three sittings, and I only broke it up because I had other things I needed to take care of.
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!