Love Colin Firth but the story left me wanting. I am only half through listening and I can bear no more.
It almost sounds like the beginning of something funny... An Atheist, A Priest, An Agnostic, and A Reformed Sinner all get on a bus...but what you end up with is a meeting of the minds, serious questions, and some hard-line answers (and the occasional swerving of the bus into on-coming traffic).
This is far from being a 'funny story' but is more often the 'serious thoughts' of a lonely and bitter man reflecting on a woman who is no longer in his life, and venting his frustration on a God he can hardly believe in.
Stellar Performance meets Solid Writing
Loved this book, could relate to it so personally and on so many levels.
I didn't review this book immediately after reading it and now can't remember super specifics about it and I don't think my words could do it justice now!
However I will say that I would recommend this book to any introspective person who often thinks about life at a deeper level and likes examining their own emotions.
This book says so much about life and the many relationships we form as well as the range of emotions we go through in life and in love, during high and low moments.
Definitely a great book that I would recommended and will read again in the future!
I had never read this book before, nor do I recall the movies. But I now understand why it is considered a classic. The emotions expressed by the protagonist are complex and profound and heart wrenchingly real....Graham Greene's prose is just exquisite.
But it was Colin Firth's narration that made it a real listening pleasure - he delivered an absolutely sublime performance.......you simply cannot improve on perfection!
I now consider this to be one of my top ten, right along side Jeremy Irons' narration of Lolita.
Highly recommended....you'll be glad you spent the credit.
Apparently everyone, but I don't get it.
Nothing. I find it utterly unbelievable. Not one of the characters is likeable and the only one who rings true is Henry---as the husband who really doesn't want to know. I don't know why either Sarah or Maurice wants to have an affair with the other. They are both selfish and boring. Next, I don't believe anyone truly means the bargains they make with God in moments of desperation. However, even if she believed she had to keep it, why didn't she just tell Maurice? Her vow was to give him up and, presumably, bear the pain. It was cruel to inflict the pain of not knowing on Maurice. The only reason I can think that she didn't tell him is that there wouldn't have been a book otherwise. I realize this is a classic and I am in the minority, but there it is.
As a story, this book is the pits. As philosphy, it's even worse.
No, but I will be looking for more.
Colin Firth was great. I will look for more of his narrations.
I tried, I really tried to finish this book but there was nothing about it that I enjoyed. The characters were petty and boring. I have a very vivid imagination and enjoy getting lost for hours in a good book. There was no getting lost here. The imagery was flat and just plain dull. Every time I tired to listen to this book all I imagined was black and white. I hate not to finish a book but I just refused to waste another minute on this sad little tale.
This exquisitely-written book gets the narrator it deserves in Colin Firth. I confess I sometimes stopped the car and listened just to be alone with Colin! But Greene's prose is so compelling on its own that Firth's stellar narration truly puts this book at the head of the class among ALL the dozens (maybe hundreds) of recorded books I have "read". One could not wish for a better listening experience. I may listen to it again for the sheer pleasure of the Greene-Firth combo. It's hard to enumerate the ways this performance and this novel is head and shoulders above the rest.
I don't know how I managed NOT to read this book before now, but I'm so glad Audible allowed me to make up for lost time. You couldn't ask for a better narrator for this rich, thoughtful book. Brilliant!
I know lots of people love this book, but I found the story so plodding and frustrating that I couldn't even get to the end. I hate books where people find true love and are then frustrated for no apparent reason. Something to do with God. And just when it seems it will work out...well...Colin Firth was great fun to listen to of course.
Worthwhile for listening to C. Firth narrating a well written novel. Not worthwhile for the story itself, which was the least interesting story by Graham Greene I ever read.
No. This was my choice and I'm sure there are a lot of stories that I will enjoy reading in the future.
The tone, the accent, the dramatization. He was the only reason I listened to the very end. I would have dropped the book in mid course if I had been reading it.