Greene is really a superb writer and you can you hear just how great he is in Colin Firth's absolutely riveting narration, full of pathos, bitterness, and love. I wish Firth had played Bendrix in the movie version.
The story was so depressing. Felt I had wasted not only time buy money on this book. I cannot imagine why it is one of Colin's favorites.
Needed a total rewrite....two old men....living at the end in the same house comforting one another for a space over the love of the same women that they both loved and lost. I hated that they killed her off....and she ends of cremated without a burial of her faith. I did not like the comments via the main characters lack of beliefs. It was empty, blank and grim.
He did a good job with all of his characters. So few had any redeeming values but were so cynical.
Not for me. Suppose if you have a glum look on life and are anti faith it might appeal to you.
A compelling story of the heart from hate & jealousy to love. Graham Greene is always startling in the way his stories twist and turn.
Morris, the protagonist. He is brutally honest with himself and the nature of his struggle.
Beautifully read. I hope he does more. A good narrator makes all the difference in a story. I have listened to a number of books that were nearly ruined by the narrator whose false notes intrude on the story.
More books read by Colin Firth, please.
Not by Graham Greene but definitely from Colin Firth. Firth has a wonderful reading voice but the material was so slow that it was a sure cure for insomnia.
The PI's son.
Everything after the air raid.
This is classic Graham Greene - a very psychological story of the agony of love. The narrator of the story, Bendrix, alternates between loving and hating his mistress Sarah, and the God that she comes to believe in. I think anyone who has been in love will be able to relate at least a little bit to Bendrix. he is a very human character. As one would expect, the writing is exquisite and the flavor of post WW2 London permeates the story. If you are looking for a plot-driven story, this isn't it, but if you like to delve into the mind of characters and feel their melancholy, you won't be disappointed. Colin Firth gives a fantastic reading - I can't think of anyone else who could have done better. Please have him narrate some more books!
Colin Firth was the perfect narrator for this novel. He keeps you enthralled and attached to a character who is not always likable. And, of course, the writing is impecable.
Yes, the story is engaging, evolving, and historically relevant with impressive narration. I enjoyed the audiobook throughout.
Bendrix is easy to love and hate at the same time. I enjoyed his bitter, emotional, and occasionally humorous retelling of the events.
Colin Firth does an admirable job of bringing the characters to life, provides believable but not over the top voices for the different players, and narrates at a good clip.
I wanted to like this novel, and although the narration is excellent, i committed the ultimate sin, and closed the book, prior to finishing it. The author's struggle with his belief system just wore me out. I tired of the love hate relationship with God, Lover, and Self. Again, and again the reader subjected to the melodrama of conflicted beliefs. One might say that the dark side of the text, what was between the lines railed against my own beliefs, and that after awhile, i just had enough.....perhaps.
This audiobook was a disappointment.
His tone of voice conveys the feelings and emotions so well that it makes you feel the torment and makes you sympathize with him all the way through this story. I found myself going back and listening again and again to some parts of chapters because they are said so painfully beautiful. With some audiobooks you drift off but not his one.
WIthin the top five!
I have a hard time thinking of any book that can compare. The writing is beautiful. I was on the edge of my seat waiting for every word.
No, I have not, but I will search for them now!
I feel blessed to have heard these words and this performance!