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.
The End of the Affair is a thought-provoking classic about love, hate, and the human experience of faith brought to life by the inimitable Colin Firth. This book is an intense listen and well-worth it.
Colin Firth does an excellent job with this narration. It's a powerful and thought provoking story of "hate, as much as love". Definitely worth a listen.
The best novel I have listened to on audiobooks. Before audible.com it never crossed my mind to read this book. Now I have listened to it and will likely read it. Mr. Greene understands how to write a story and make it seem as if it is happening right before your eyes.
The story conveys real human emotion in such a way to stir my own emotions.
Like watching a movie.
Bendrix. I would like to talk about his love, anger and focus
If you love classic literature, and stories of unrequited love (although this one doesn't quite fit that bill), you must add this performance to your wish list. I've read this book probably half a dozen times. It is beautiful writing, and Firth's narration only adds to the pleasure.