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.
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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.
Did a great job
First time listening to a book of this type and I loved it!
Couldn't stop listening.
Maurice Bendrix because of the different emotions we live through his experiences in this novel.
Maurice Bendrix, although he performed them all tremendously! I truly would listen to any audiobook narrarated by him.
There was a moment where I felt extreme emotion during Book 2 I believe, when the journal is being read.
I highly recommend this performance of this book. I'm not sure I would've chosen to read this book straight off the shelf, but because of who performed it - I purchased this. I'm so glad I did! It was a great story and worth the purchase!
I was thoroughly engaged in the story and in Colin Firth's intonations, but my fascination lasted through about half the book. By that time, I had tired of the endless introspection of the main character. In each person dwells the capacity for enormous good and also enormous evil, but to continue to dwell on that for an entire book was a monotonous story. Mr. Firth's voice kept compelling me to listen more...but eventually, I stopped listening.
Among the books I've purchased from audible.com, this is number one. Gone Girl is number two but I was given that for Christmas on cd!
I can't pinpoint a specific moment but what transported me was to observe how each of the characters - the three principal ones - reacted to the affair and its aftermath.
No, although I did enjoy him in The King's Speech. He has that ultimate educated RP English accent that many of us on the other side of the pond find wickedly captivating.
Neither. I was deeply moved by it though.
I did feel that the author mulled a bit too long over the whole Catholic conversion issue - reflecting his own battles I'm sure - but the novel did seem to drag after the death of Sarah.
An amazing story
He gives life to every person in the book and it is just RIGHT! I feel like he knows them all... And that I get to know them better than if I just read the book myself!
Please get Colin Firth to narrate more books! He is a fantastic actor and his way of narrating is just - for want of a better word - PERFECT!!!!
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I normally don't care for books that obsess self-indulgently and at length about love and spirituality, but this was so well written and so well narrated by Colin Firth that it kept me completely engaged. The characters, while not exactly likeable, were complex and interesting and very, very human and I loved the theme of unconventional relationships. This isn't a happy or comfortable book at all, but it's a good one.
This book initially seems to be the story of a love affair, which it is. But it is so much more than that as these two are caught up in a triangle that threatens a friendship and a marriage, affected by world events and impacted by religious beliefs and changing culture.
It also beautifully shows how a couple (or couples) can have an affair, or a marriage, that has a unity, but then each of them has his or her own life that impacts the relationship, often in a way that the other does not understand and often misinterprets.
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Absolutely! Anything to hear more of Colin Firth's voice. The writing was also beautiful though, and there were passages I really would like to hear again.
I can't think of any specific books, but it actually reminds me of a lot of Norwegian books in that they tell simple stories like this. But the writing was exceptional and set it apart.
He portrayed each character excellently with subtle differences in the way they spoke. He is also just very comfortable to listen to in general.