Tell us about yourself!I am an avid reader but enjoy listening while waking to work, ironing, doing dishes, etc. Listening to novels is an entirely different experience than reading; a well narrated story is a cross between drama and written fiction. Listening to books on Audible has been a wonderful experience.
I found the story irritating because of the ineptness of the protagonist
develop a less angst ridden protagonist
This is my first Colin Firth--an excellent narrator, well paced and coached
No because of the basic story
From the view of the 21st century, Greene's protagonist is pathetic (in my view), riddled with angst, and, in spite of his protestations, is still catholic and very messed up by his catholic background of guilt. I could not empathize or identify with the protagonist and could not get into his tale of woe concerning the woman he supposedly loved illicitly. The book seems emotionally archaic from the vantage point of 60 years on.
Engrossing, nuanced, intimate
Maurice was my favorite character because he candidly revealed so many darkly contradictory sides of human nature.
This is Firth's first audible performance and I selected this book because I read an interview in which he described the challenges of doing this sort of work. He said he didn't want to overact the individual characters; he succeeded in making effectively subtle differentiations without slipping into parody or caricature. I would jump at the chance to hear more of his performances.
Since the novel was set more than 60 years ago, I would go to dinner with Maurice and ask him how his perspective about God evolved in the intervening years.
I have recommended this audiobook to several friends.
Thoroughly enjoyed Colin Firth's performance. I would probably enjoy listening to him read a dictionary. The story itself is frustrating in its efforts to deal with religious beliefs perhaps because it was written in an earlier era and is a bit dated.
Great narration by Colin Firth. He seemed to get the feel for this depressing diary.
The best way for me to review this book is by simply QUOTING, Elizabeth's review...
"There are books that make you feel inadequate, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, something. Something in you isn't able to see, even distantly, what what makes the book powerful to others. It makes me feel broken.
It made me feel like everyone else has deep, aching emotions that I lack. It made me wonder if I just didn't get it. Am I simply incomplete in some way that this book didn't make me feel anything?"
Soooo depressing. This book is following a women's diary and her questioning what is love, hate, love and hate of God, which she questions is there a God? Very deep self searching, which I just couldn't care less about!
Maybe I don't care, because I am happy with my life, who I am and my spiritual or more accurately my lack of spiritual beliefs.
Too unhappy, very one sided characters. Hey, everyone has down moments, but an entire book is boring and exhausting.
More dimensions to the characters.
Don't bother. Colin Firth does a magnificent job reading a miserable story.
This is only my second "listen," and I rank it No. 2.
Sarah. Graham does a marvelous of job of speaking for this woman and characterizing her struggles.
Very steady, easy to hear.
Good lord, the main character is so self absorbed and filled with such jealousy that he can't get out of his own way. If you are not a jealous person you will have nothing to relate to.
This is the only the second time I have ever done a review and I read 90 books a year. But I had to weigh in. I got sucked into this to somnolent story by the over the top glowing, wonderful reviews. And I can only conclude y'all are nuts.
No. Terrible story. Depressing. Endless. Furtive. Guilt-ridden. Joyless.
No. He was talking a nap while pretending to read this. Snore.....
The man. The woman. The husband. I'd keep the detective and little boy.
Just goes to show you you can not depend on reviews. Total waste of time to read them or write them.
Graham Greene, not a chance
The characters he created were not worth creating
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Sarah writes Henry a letter, Henry comes home and she tears up the letter. She tears it up into little pieces so no one can put it back together. The problem is....who would want to know what she wrote.
Henry at the top of the last hour of this book says: "it won't make a difference to a single soul." That pretty much sums up the entire boring threesome and the story.
It was written in 1951 I believe, so perhaps that the style of writing back then.
It's a great book, but the narration was among the worst I've ever heard. Can't imagine who would enjoy it.
I always like George Guidall best, but also Simon Preeble and Simon Vance are excellent. I think Colin Firth is wonderful actor. But he really was almost impossible to listen to.