Mysteries, classics, non-fiction, time travel, Bounty hunters, grim reapers... anything but vampires, please!
Colin's voice and the wartime setting combines to paint mental images of classic cinema in your imagination. You are not just doing your gardening, listening to a book. You are gardening in England, in the midst of moral dilemma, while the world crumbles around you.
There are no right answers. About anything. Anywhere. Ever.
and I especially loved Colin Firth reading it....your life will be better if you hear this :)
A great 20th century novel read brilliantly by Colin Firth. Please, put in front of the microphone again and again.
Oral storytelling is my favourite thing in the world. If I lost my iPod I would feel like I had lost my arm.
The prose of Graham Greene as narrated by Colin Firth are a sublime experience. I'm so glad I bought this. My only hope is that Audible can convince Mr. Firth to go back into the recording booth to do more.
Please get Colin Firth to narrate more books! He is fantastic.
This book has been on my must read list for a long time. When I saw that Firth was narrating for Audble I promptly moved it to the top of the queue.
The story is depressing, but there is redemption. It haunts and provokes. Firth's reading in the first person is wonderful - he is Bendrix.
I love the book and I'm so glad that I listened to Audible's version. It is a new favorite.
Colin Firth does an amazing job enlivening a very boring tale of a love affair ended by a silly promise to God made during a bombing in WWII London. I could not wait for this story to be over, and I have read and enjoyed many many novels that many find horribly boring (e.g., Moby Dick, Remembrance of Things Past). Daydreaming while listening to Firth's mellifluous voice and cadence, I recognized Ian McEwan in this story, and even O'Henry in the ironic twists that develop, but none of this was enough to pull this book out of the depths of dreariness. The characters are all insipid, and the plot is inane, but Firth is wonderful to listen to. Find something else he's read. I cannot recommend this novel.
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.
if it actually had a story worth reading (hearing)
not written it at all
Wish i had my money back!! I felt mislead by the other reviews - what were they thinking?
Were they all Graham Greene relatives?
One of the worst I ever heard
I believe in global warming, re-cycling, using less. I like making things, painting and reading. And eating. Yes.
I first read this book in college. It was one of my favorites, and since then I have re-read it three times. Each time I enjoyed the story as it revealed the motives, complications, expectations and denouements of characters and plot.
Colin Firth's reading of it is masterful! I have never realized how lovely it could be to have a favorite book read by someone who can bring nuance and meaning where I thought I knew it so well. Thank you, Colin!
I recommend it! One of his best, I think. Also, The Quiet American.
I love books!
I bought this book because Colin Firth was the narrator, audible put out one of those message, an email maybe, suggesting famous actors as narrators.and I decided to give this one a try. I felt like I'd read GG somewhere in the past although I couldn't remember what book it was. I really enjoyed Mr Firth as a narrator. He seemed to bring the book to life, put a lot of feeling into it and in the end, and probably most important, as the book went on I didn't think about who the author was, I was just listening to the story. The book itself did keep my interest although it was a bit more intellectual than I would normally listen to. Anyone who has ever been involved in an affair of any kind with a breakup would appreciate the emotions brought out here although this one went to the extremes. But then the story morphed into a discussion of believing in God, the Catholic church, and the meaning of life, the affair became a backdrop. I suppose in the UK after WWII, when this book was written, these kinds of thoughts were prevalent although I understand more of Europe has become more agnostic over the years as it seems the US has. It was a short listen and if you enjoy these kinds of topics you'll likely enjoy this story.