If you love classic literature, and stories of unrequited love (although this one doesn't quite fit that bill), you must add this performance to your wish list. I've read this book probably half a dozen times. It is beautiful writing, and Firth's narration only adds to the pleasure.
I'm a Jane Austen-era wanna be who love historical fiction, nonfiction, business books, and everything in between.
While it's unlikely I'd listen to this again (not that it's not lovely to feel like Colin Firth is speaking intimately in your ear; it's just that this is a really long novel), I'm very glad I listened. The movie ends about halfway through this book. And it's much more spiritual and exploratory of human motivations than I expected. Loved it.
Firth reading end of the affair is an amazing performance in its own right. The story itself is a nuanced and absorbing depiction of the rise and fall of obsession, and the pervasive nature of grief and loss.
It was like listening to the thoughts in your own mind, so natural.
A little long of listening to all inr one sitting but I hated for it to end. This is one you can listen to more than once.
Relateable, romance, agonizing
When Maurice confessed to Henry and accused him of pimping Sarah by not learning how to love her properly.
I already know I'll listen to this book again. How many of us have thought, silently the angst expressed by these two lovers? All through the book opposites are at war; love and hate, christianity vs atheism, the desert marriage vs the plush fullness of a passionate affair...it's all there. Colin Firth's performance and accent make the whole experience all the more enjoyable.
The believable heartaches that were not overdone, not melodramatic and very touching.
Tough question. Oddly, maybe The Old Man and the Sea. One major theme of the human condition
The timber of his voice kept my interest and made the story sing.
Long commute = Lots of time for audiobooks
It has been a while since I listened to this, but I'm trying to get around to reviewing everything I've listened to, so bear with me.
I found a New York Times review of this novel from 1951 by George Mayberry, who concludes his review this way: "It is savage and sad, vulgar and ideal, coarse and refined, and a rather accurate image of an era of cunning and glory, of cowardice and heroism, of belief and unbelief."
I'm not sure I could put it better than that. For my part, though, I was drawn to and sympathetic toward the characters even though I couldn't particularly relate to any of them. I take that as evidence of Graham Greene's remarkable skill with words.
I've never been much of a fan of love stories, tragic or otherwise (which is why I give 3 stars for story rather than 4), but I think the restraint of Greene's writing is what made this story beautiful to me. What a challenge it must have been to portray a protagonist who is positively boiling over with emotion throughout the story without veering into overwrought, contrived prose. He's a masterful writer, and I plan to read more of his work.
As many reviews have said, Colin Firth is a perfect narrator and actor for the role of Maurice. I fully admit to being a total swooning fangirl for Firth, but I do also listen to a lot of audiobooks and feel I can semi-objectively assess his skill as a narrator (though perhaps that's wishful thinking). In any case, I suspect many readers will find themselves initially drawn into the story largely due to Firth's narration, but stay when they realize they're listening to such a beautifully crafted novel.
Colin Firth did one of the best readings I've ever heard. Most impressive was that he read the woman's lines in his own voice -- no falsetto -- but with a woman's intonation. The story was only okay, but Firth elevated it. I will be looking for more from him.
Presence, emotions, color.
This book is easily one of the top 5 Audible books I have purchased. The combination of the brilliance of Graham Greene's prose with Colin Firth's superlative narration results in a true masterpiece of the spoken word art form.
The writer's description of the inner workings of both Sarah and Morris's tortured minds, punctuated by Mr. Firth's flawless performance, is un forgettable and is rich with universal themes.
I am sure Mr. Firth is expensive...but I think thousands of us would buy any book he might narrate just to experience the power of his eloquent performance.
This was a beautiful love story and really, strangely, love for this woman won out in the end.
Colin Firth was great. At times the story seemed wordy, but I always enjoyed listening to him and stayed in it just to hear him read.