I bought this book because it was read by Colin Firth. He did not disappoint. The story was complicated and on the dark side. I had not read any books by this author so I never saw the ending coming. I will have to listen to the book again because it is all about character development and good over evil.
I enjoyed the book because of the complexity of the relationships. This was a book that made you think about your relationships and made you want to shake the main character into reasonableness.
I guess the thing that made it most enjoyable was Colin Firth's voice.
Probably not. Because it is a dark story and doesn't have a particularly happy ending.
He brings the characters to life. The way he reads the dialogue makes the reader think the characters are real. I find that I prefer audible books to text books.
Sarah was most memorable because of her conflict between physical love for her lover and her love for her church. Even though she was dead throughout the novel, the flashbacks made her seem alive.
I had not read any of Graham Greene's novels so was unprepared for the depth of his writing style. I am glad I got to know his through audible. I'm afraid the text book may have been too deep.
I listened to this on a long drive, and did not want to get out of the car until it was done. Colin Firth's voice was wonderful, and gave the story life, I felt like he was telling his story. Absolutely wonderful.
The complex and possibly unreliable narrator.
The reveal. I don't want to spoil it, but it all makes sense in the end.
He has a wonderful voice and was incredibly convincing as the narrator.
Bendrix, the narrator is the one whom we understand best. We don't really get to know Sarah, his love. She is more of a phantom, a memory.
Colin Firth as the narrator was magnificient - no fancy accents, just beautiful reading. I could listen to almost anything he reads. I had not read Graham Greene in 30-40 years and had never read this one so it was a surprise and very enjoyable. Greene is tortured by his Catholicism - a love/hate relationship - and it is the undercurrent in all his novels. Be prepared for that. But this was an intriguing novel.
Other Greene books, of course, where he struggles with his classic confrontation between belief/non-belief. Also other English Catholics struggling with the same issues - like Evelyn Waugh (Brideshead Revisited).
The scenes between the narrator and the husband of his lover.
I listened to it on my walks and I walked much further because I wanted to keep listening to find out what would happen.
A classic - worth the listen.
This audiobook is worth it for the performance alone. I would probably listen to Colin Firth read the telephone book. The story is a meditation on love, jealousy and obsession that, frankly, can seem rather dated. There's a good chance I wouldn't have bothered to finish this if I were reading it, but Firth's performance is spellbinding.
I war ready to quit Audible after 550 books, and finding most of the new literature since about 2010, shallow, often disgusting, and a waste of money. After listening to this book and the narration by Colin Firth, I am staying with Audible as long as I can find books of this quality!
Young mom living in Japan, dealing with commute with audiobooks and knitting.
Colin Firth, of course. He was absolutely amazing!
I got this book purely because Colin Firth read it, so I don't have anything I can compare it to.
Everything! His timing, his voice, .... He made the book great!
I don't think I would have bought this book, would the narrator not been Colin Firth. That said, I'm glad I did, because it's not a story or genre I generally read/listen to, but it was a pretty good one. I think this might become one of those rare books that I will listen to again sometime in the future.
I do think this book was worth my time. However, I wish I would have read it rather than listened to it. There was a lot of material here to absorb and listening to it once through didn't do the story justice.
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
This book was very different from what I expected. Somehow I thought it would be dull and boring, BUT it was quite compelling and interesting, in fact. I liked the way the author could keep the reader interested in how the affair that was the basis of the book ended, even though you know at the beginning that it is over. It seems like there wouldn't be much of a story to tell: it's over, basta. BUT there was much more to it. In the end, the book was an exploration of religious faith. There was a comparison of love in the religious sense - love of God - with human or carnal love. I would have to say that the two extremes pictured in this book were BOTH very, well, EXTREME and sort of ridiculous. The human love portrayed was full of jealously and insecurity. The love of God was ruled by ridiculous superstitions and the belief that God really could micro-manage one's life and one needed to make sacrifices to satisfy God. So Sarah represented the religious love side of the spectrum and Maurice the human love. They BOTH seemed, to me anyway, to have made pretty ridiculous choices all along the way. BUT it made for a good story. I liked the way the book ended with some extreme "coincidences" that could be taken as proof of a higher being - or not! Let the reader decide. Now I want to see the movie with Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore. I don't even remember hearing about it when it was around. Can't wait to get it now! Also, I'd forgotten that Graham Greene, the author, wrote The Quiet American, which was a book and movie that I really liked.