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!
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.
I tried, I really tried to finish this book but there was nothing about it that I enjoyed. The characters were petty and boring. I have a very vivid imagination and enjoy getting lost for hours in a good book. There was no getting lost here. The imagery was flat and just plain dull. Every time I tired to listen to this book all I imagined was black and white. I hate not to finish a book but I just refused to waste another minute on this sad little tale.
This exquisitely-written book gets the narrator it deserves in Colin Firth. I confess I sometimes stopped the car and listened just to be alone with Colin! But Greene's prose is so compelling on its own that Firth's stellar narration truly puts this book at the head of the class among ALL the dozens (maybe hundreds) of recorded books I have "read". One could not wish for a better listening experience. I may listen to it again for the sheer pleasure of the Greene-Firth combo. It's hard to enumerate the ways this performance and this novel is head and shoulders above the rest.
I don't know how I managed NOT to read this book before now, but I'm so glad Audible allowed me to make up for lost time. You couldn't ask for a better narrator for this rich, thoughtful book. Brilliant!
I know lots of people love this book, but I found the story so plodding and frustrating that I couldn't even get to the end. I hate books where people find true love and are then frustrated for no apparent reason. Something to do with God. And just when it seems it will work out...well...Colin Firth was great fun to listen to of course.