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.
I'm curious & creative and I love new ideas about life!
The story was dreadful and boring! It's about a guy who is obsessed with a woman that he had an affair with. All is does is wine & complain about this woman & her husband! It is terribly depressing and very negative! I simply couldn't bring myself to finish it!
Yes! A great story narrated by a very talented actor- Colin Firth did an INCREDIBLE job.
A better story.
Performance ok, but why would he do this story?
I do not understand what is so great about this book.
The perfect book to make you think about relationships, guilt, and commitment. Colin Firth disappears into his performance of the story in the best possible way.
The unexpected change of perspective from the main first-person speaker to the diary of the woman that he's obsessed with. Also, the thread of destiny, of God's unwillingness to be denied.
He humanizes a very difficult character -- one consumed by envy and rather dire views of the people around him -- by his skillful interpretation and intonations, in a way that makes it much easier, I think, to stay with him. I was transfixed!
When I realized that the diary's revelations would not save the protagonist at all, but merely transfer his envy and hatred from a percieved human rival to God.
Really worth a listen.