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.
Worthwhile for listening to C. Firth narrating a well written novel. Not worthwhile for the story itself, which was the least interesting story by Graham Greene I ever read.
No. This was my choice and I'm sure there are a lot of stories that I will enjoy reading in the future.
The tone, the accent, the dramatization. He was the only reason I listened to the very end. I would have dropped the book in mid course if I had been reading it.
Yes. It was an intriguing albeit depressing story
The passion of the protagonist.
The performance was very good, however Colin Firth whistles frequently in his speech and it really hurt my ears. This is something that should have been addressed through engineering prior to releasing it
The husband. I would like to know why he just looked the other way and why he didn't value his role as a husband.
The whistling was such an uncomfortable experience that I would not really recommend this recording unless this has been eliminated.
For me it was the layed back way Green placed faith into his interesting and unexpected plot line. Am recomending this to all my friends.
I just love his voice.
Actually the husband, because it was unexpected.
Probably not. I didn't connect with the characters nor did I really care what happened to them. I found them extremely selfish.
I've not read any others of his books.
His tone and the emotion in his voice somehow made it more vivid. I could picture the events almost like watching a movie. He has a great voice. Very easy and pleasant to listen to.
No, mainly because the characters irritated me.
I think this was a very well written story. The fact that the characters could have an impact on me emotionally, even though it was negative, is impressive writing. I don't regret listening to this story and will not shy away from this author.
Graham Greene writes beautifully.
I leave the writing to the writers. I would change nothing.
I love the sound of his voice. I also loved how he really did not try to change his voice to reflect all the characters; yet the slight changes he did make in his voice were very effective. I listened to this audio book in my car mostly driving back and forth from work. Somedays, I would sit in the garage after getting home just so I could listen to Colin Firth a little bit longer. I think I could listen to his voice all day long.
I had a sort of sad revelation with the story. I am a widow whose husband died several years ago ..(sort of an end to an affair) and I realized that I too find myself in conflict with the existence of God. I was moved to tears by the last line (prayer) of the book "O God, You’ve done enough, You’ve robbed me of enough, I’m too tired and old to learn to love, leave me alone for ever.”