I had never read Graham Greene before and in fact bought the book more because I'm a big fan of Colin Firth. I wasn't disappointed in either of them. Colin Firth elevates narration to a new level. I never heard his voice, only those of the characters and author. I felt like I was being entertained, not just read to. Firth seemed to understand and interpret the subtleties in Greene's writing.
I also enjoyed the novel itself, though I was a bit let down by the ending. That's probably a personal feeling and others may not agree. The book had depth that I didn't expect, exploring themes of love, relationships and religion. The cuckolded husband is an interesting, well-drawn character, something one doesn't usually see in such stories. No one in Greene's vision is completely guilty or innocent, all are with faults, simply human. A nice, very well-written surprise.
Yes, because the story is intriguing and the reader is excellent.
Its insights into people's approaches to Catholicism in general.
Maybe get Colin Firth to narrate more good books? Would be lovely!
I fell in love with a woman… (isn’t that how all great stories begin? but that’s the beginning of my story, not this one). I fell in love with a woman and although I still love her with all my heart, we are no longer in love nor have we spoken in an eternity. She taught me that you can only hate a woman as much as you love her… and I HATE her! This book is the story of that love, and hate. The details, circumstances and actions are different, of course, but this book puts words to the unspoken thoughts, emotions, jealousies and atrocities that go along with such passion. Colin Firth is breathtaking in his telling of this story, so much so that I doubt I would have enjoyed it nearly as much if I read the book with my own eyes. Everything is so raw that each time I started listening my heart quickened and on several occasions I had to stop the audiobook because I couldn’t handle it any longer. It’s taken me months to get through the whole story for the same reason. The last third turns into a discourse on religion and faith, but it’s tolerable for the tidbits of emotional insight. Altogether, does this make it a fantastic story… or not? I’ll let you be the judge. I know I look for a story that will elicit a reaction, and this book has done that, masterfully.
Husband/Father, Educator, Gamer
I have never read or listened to Graham Greene's work before, and he was an incredible writer. His use of language is so poetic and beautiful. Colin Firth is of course an awesome actor, and that shows in his work here. He does justice to the power of the language. It was a great listen.
This is not one of those heavy plot books. This is a reflection on love and faifth with characters and a plot that move it along. A true work of art.
Colin YES. Graham Green, probablly not.
Maybe it's just the genre. I haven't listened to many classics. But I just kept thinking, "What is the point here?"
For a combination of writing and narration, this ranks very high. Greene definitely has a point-of-view, a religious point-of-view conveyed by the doubts and conflicts (and coincidences or miracles) lived by its two protagonists- Maurice and Sarah. What is presented as a story of hate, predictably, turns into a story of love, but I didn't mind at all. The writing was excellent and the narration by Colin Firth is wonderful. I kept thinking "Why didn't it end here?" But the story goes on, and a new layer is revealed. Greene's writing is as sharp as in The Quiet American. The characters are revealed gradually and masterfully. They are complex, torn souls who love intensely and in complex fashion.
Sarah: she is a torn sinner/saint, cynic/believer. We know her, to a great extent, through her diary, which turns the story around. There is no way this character could speak the things she writes and be believable.Maurice is obviously the author. He is a very-well-drawn character, but not so fascinating as Sarah.
I have not listened to him perform an audiobook before. He is obviously a terrific actor, and reads the characters with enormous skill.
A story or a love affair has no beginning or end.
Great story and well read by Colin Firth...I didn't want it to end. Would recommend to those readers who enjoy a good moral plot with twists and turns.
Honestly, too many to name...such food for thought.
Emotion and inflection - he had the ability to make the character sympathetic wherein without Colin's portrayal I may have found the main character merely one dimensional.
It almost sounds like the beginning of something funny... An Atheist, A Priest, An Agnostic, and A Reformed Sinner all get on a bus...but what you end up with is a meeting of the minds, serious questions, and some hard-line answers (and the occasional swerving of the bus into on-coming traffic).
This is far from being a 'funny story' but is more often the 'serious thoughts' of a lonely and bitter man reflecting on a woman who is no longer in his life, and venting his frustration on a God he can hardly believe in.
Stellar Performance meets Solid Writing
Loved this book, could relate to it so personally and on so many levels.
I didn't review this book immediately after reading it and now can't remember super specifics about it and I don't think my words could do it justice now!
However I will say that I would recommend this book to any introspective person who often thinks about life at a deeper level and likes examining their own emotions.
This book says so much about life and the many relationships we form as well as the range of emotions we go through in life and in love, during high and low moments.
Definitely a great book that I would recommended and will read again in the future!