It is definitely a top. Just Excellent.
I like that it deals with the difficulties of life, which is such a messy affair even without going down this road. I couldn't live with myself if I read / listened to books of this nature all of the time, but this one is definitely worth your time. For a deeper look, see my blog
I only listened to the audio version, so I can't say, but Colin Firth's reading certainly made the story come to life. You could hear the main character's torment in his voice.
When Maurice realizes why Sarah actually left him.
No, but will definitely look for more!
When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers
I love historical novels and loved this snapshot of life in WWII London.
I loved this audio book. Beautiful writing, Colin Firth's nuanced reading, and intriguing subject matter made this a valuable experience that was very engrossing and moving.
I liked best the writing and the subjects it caused one to consider in depth.
Colin Firth's many thoughtful inflections brought the work to life and made me feel the narrator's pain.
Having previously read The End of the Affair a few years ago and thinking it a minor Greene book, I have raised it to my A-list based on Colin Firth's extraordinary narration. Firth approaches perfection in bringing out the rhythm's and nuance of Greene's unpretentious but beautifully crafted prose. If there's any weakness here it is Greene's preoccupation with Roman Catholicism, which becomes a bit wearisome toward the end of story. Though not as great a novel as The Heart of the Matter, which appears on many lists of the 100 greatest novels ever written, The End of the Affair as narrated by Colin Firth is a must listen.
Brilliantly narrated, this novel by Graham Greene is achingly beautiful. Never concescending to the reader and never formulaic. I felt transported to the time and place. Firth has set a high bar on narration which can make or break an audiobook.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
Colin Firth could read the yellow pages to me and they would be riveting. The narrator aside, the story is interesting as it explores the relationships between friends, lovers, and spouses. It is a beautifully told story that develops the depth of the relationships. You feel for each person in the story, and want what is best for each of them, even when what is best for one conflicts with what is best for another.
Too bad. Maybe because I had never before read the Graham Greene classic, maybe because a high-profile narrator creates a high level of expectation, I felt somewhat let down. It's hard to sympathize with a protagonist as self-absorbed as Bendricks, even when the character is delivered by such a skilled interpreter.
Nobody wins in this book. Maybe that's the real world to many readers, but not me.
Graham Greene = depressing.
If you want to sleep... and are listening on the audible app... set the timer for 15 minutes and you will be out before it stops! Boring... Sad and not worth the OCD in me to go to the end... waste of time.
Redundancy.... and never really clear whose point of view you were listening to...
Character distinction... was in lack... they all sound alike and drab
Oh well... grateful it was just 6 hours
Maybe I don't like Graham Greene after all. Depressing.... couldn't finish it. Mr Firth did a good job narrating, but the book just keeps saying the same thing over and over in different ways. Too bad I really wanted to like this.
Yes! Bendrix is a complicated character. Even as he views himself as a hater, his discovery of love and compassion is profound. Must listen to again!
When Bendrix admits that he too must love Henry.
Bendrix outrage toward the priest was my favorite scene. It was a turning point in the story.
Bendrix would serve as an interesting dinner companion. A conversation with him would be most exciting.