After reading reviews of the wonderful narration, I had to download this book. Now, after listening to the book, I have to agree with other reviewers that the narration makes the book. If I would have read it, I don't think I would have enjoyed it half as much. It's a narration that begins after the affair ended 18 months earlier. The jilted lover, still hurting runs into his ex Sarah and all the old feelings re-emerge. His question 'does he love or hate her', thus the theme of the story, leading to the question of faith and how different people interpret the idea of faith. An interesting and thought provoking listen.
Graham Greene is a master story teller. His words are delicious and nuanced. Savor them slowly.
Thoughtful. Human. Sensitive.
Turn of the Screw. The Overcoat. Stories where the characters are wrestling with their relationships and their personal beliefs.
I have not but now I want to find more by him.
When Sarah admitted in her diary that whatever her relationship with Morris, it was different than any other she had and other men could not fill that void. And she wondered why there had to be other men at all. That was a passage of self reflection and burgeoning self knowledge that she never quite completed.
I am a retired English teacher and I love to read and/or listen to Audible selections!
The story is wonderful, but even more importantly---Colin Firth narrates it! I absolutely love his voice! I was heartbroken when the book ended.
The first sentence---Colin Firth's voice!
I haven't heard any of his other books read. This is the first. Where are others???
Please sign Colin Firth to read other books for Audible!
Maybe the story
Just Colin Firth
Would love to hear more of Colin but maybe another author.
It was not possible to detect a moment when Mr. Firth's performance was not in complete harmony with the author's style. A truly compelling listen.
There were many. And many have spoilers. But I'd say rather than "moments" standing out, it was the relationships between the characters that really stood out to me. Greene does a fantastic job of showing who people are and exploring the complexity of human emotion in the spaces and connections between his characters. So from those... there is something really sweet that develops between the somewhat awkward relationship that develops between Bendix and the private investigator.
Some audiobooks are just read so well I couldn't imagine any other person reading the novel, or even liking the novel as well if I read it on paper. This is one of those. Firth is nothing short of amazing. I laughed, I wept like a baby, the story came alive through his narration. And, his sexy English accent is like icing on that cake.
Stop what you are doing and buy this audiobook right now. It won audiobook of the year in 2013 for a very good reason.
Such a good book! So passionate and unpredictable! And so uplifting, but at the same time so tragic. This book made me happy and sad at the same time for the same reasons.
I loved having the story from all of the main characters point of view and going back and forth just gave it an added dimension that I've never experienced in any other book.
Colin Firth did an excellent job. Both Bendrix and Sarah were done so passionately that I can't choose between the two as a favorite.
I wanted to listen to this book all in one sitting. I have actually listened to this book 3 times since getting it a week ago. I absolutely love it!
Colin Firth made this story more relatable with his barbed, flippant comments and the cadence of his jealous, yet thoughtful, anger. I thought the author braided a religious theme into the narrative that didn't feel natural or relevant. The question of god didn't need to be introduced for me to understand these characters were overwhelmed by their own free will.
The reading by Colin Firth brought the story to life. Each of the characters speaks to him/herself more than anyone else, and that inner dialogue was riveting thanks to the reader.
Morris, obviously. On the one had, such a silly idea about love and religion. Plus he really was just all about himself - selfish and indulgent and couldn't he see that? But on the other hand, he was so honest with himself and so plainspoken with himself. Poor thing.
The intensity. Also, just that perfect voice added another dimension to the story.