Collin Firth brought the characters to life and the author has a creative flair with a pen, but the book was so uneventful. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen, but the plot plodded along keeping me in depressed mode. A lot of book about, well...not much.
OMG I never want to listen to another audio book unless it is read by Colin Firth! Just amazing. He makes each character distinctive without resorting to phony accents or odd intonations. It is a wonderful book, but I would listen to Colin Firth read the phone book!
After recently listening to a couple of excellent new novels (And the Mountains Echoed and The Orphan Master's Son) that were ruined, or nearly so, by heavy, inappropriate (the Greek characters in And the Mountains Echoed were read by a man with what sounded like a Slavic accent) or even made up (I'm convinced none of the readers of The Orphan Master's Son can possibly talk like that in real life) accents, listening to The End of the Affair is a stunning experience.
I read and listen to books. I drink tea. I sleep like a cat and wished I lived in Hawaii.
I enjoyed this audiobook narrated by Colin Firth. He has a lovely man voice with lovely British accent that one can listen to for a long time. I have a feeling though that I would not have enjoyed the book nearly as much if I had read it. The narration definitely added a star for me. The plot itself is interesting, but there is a lot of tediousness that goes on with Sarah's internal struggle with love and god and her morals. She calls herself a bitch and a fake and a phony and sometimes I felt she was just that and sometimes I felt sorry for her. It wasn't easy to love the characters, but I felt that Greene created interesting characters that are flawed in a way that is timeless. Human beings are always going to struggle with their religious and non-religious beliefs and love is always going to bring pain and pleasure. Infidelity will always exist as will the need to emotionally connect with others. Greene's take on these themes are enhanced by Firth's performance. Overall, I feel like this short book is worth giving a listen.
Colin Firth has a great voice and gave great narration. But the story is long and boring. The movie was better. It's not often that happens when books are made into movies.
Greene writes beautifully about the murky waters of love and hate. You really feel for the main character (if you have ever known heartbreak and misery). Greene so articulately leads the reader through emotions that are hard for most people to even begin to put into words.
I can't. It's one in a million. I would love to find another (audio)book like it.
Colin Firth narrates this masterfully. He really brings it to life... albeit a melancholy one.
If I had simply read this book I'm quite sure I would have enjoyed it very much. But Firth brought it to a new level. I am totally in love with it.
I listen to audiobooks on my drive to work, so when I saw that Colin Firth read this, I was thrilled.
That said, the story was not worth the listen. The protagonist's struggle with love vs lust vs hate seemed convoluted and contrary to any Judeo-Christian moral code. I was mainly left with a sense of pity. I do not mean to pass judgement, but the existence was so bleak there didn't seem to be a reason for the book.
Now I remember how much I disliked Graham Greene's books. Colin Firth may be a good actor but even the greatest narration cannot help such self- indulgences. If you have lots of time on your hands you may adore this book as many reviewers obviously do. For me it had no attraction. She's dead. Get over it! And, moving in with your dead lovers husband? PLEASE...........
I enjoyed the way the author worked around so many moral values in this novel. Thought provoking in terms of right, wrong, love, devotion, God, and humanity. The setting was perfect for this story and the passion was moving. I will probably listen to this again some time to get the full value of the story.
I would likely not have picked up the printed version. I got the audio because of the narrator and the award.
The private detective and his son. They were, I felt, the most genuine people.
I felt he gave real depth to the reading, maintained consistency in all the characters and colored the scenes appropriately - they were not all dark, nor all light.
When the private detective returned the book. I was afraid his son had died and was so very relieved that he had recovered and how.
I just look forward to more books read by Mr. Firth. Please publish more soon!!
The narrator was okay, but I didn't like the story. I guess it was probably well written, but it was not a good, funny, sad, happy, thought provoking story. It was a downer. I am a Christian and a believer, but even that part of this story left me shaking my head. Maybe I just didn't get it.
I have just downloaded The Caine Mutiny. I do like "classics". I have never read this one, but I loved Winds of War and War and Remembrance.
Only Sarah and she not so much.