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.
How do you describe indifference, love, hate, sadness, desperation, cruelty? This is how. I have listened to it twice.
I am a lover of history and the fantastic tales of human achievement (or folly). Sometimes, a grand author captures my imagination.
This is my first Graham Greene novel. I have seen a number of movies based on his books but never really listened to a novel. Seeing that this was narrated by Colin Firth, I dived in. What an experience. It’s a remarkable story from an incredible story teller. The narration is expertly delivered by Firth which really adds to the authenticity of Maurice Bendix – a not so nice chap who is a bit of a schemer and writer. I was certainly engrossed in the strong love affair between Maurice and Sarah Miles during WWII and its abrupt and mysterious ending. The mix of religion and faith plays really well into the storyline whether you yourself is a believer. Based on many writings about the novel, this is really a self expose of Green’s own life and experiences including his religious views and his affair with Catherine Walston.
Ofcourse, it really helped to know that this production won ‘Audiobook of the Year’ at the Audie Awards in 2013.
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.
I'm a Jane Austen-era wanna be who love historical fiction, nonfiction, business books, and everything in between.
While it's unlikely I'd listen to this again (not that it's not lovely to feel like Colin Firth is speaking intimately in your ear; it's just that this is a really long novel), I'm very glad I listened. The movie ends about halfway through this book. And it's much more spiritual and exploratory of human motivations than I expected. Loved it.
Firth reading end of the affair is an amazing performance in its own right. The story itself is a nuanced and absorbing depiction of the rise and fall of obsession, and the pervasive nature of grief and loss.
It was like listening to the thoughts in your own mind, so natural.
A little long of listening to all inr one sitting but I hated for it to end. This is one you can listen to more than once.
Relateable, romance, agonizing
When Maurice confessed to Henry and accused him of pimping Sarah by not learning how to love her properly.
I already know I'll listen to this book again. How many of us have thought, silently the angst expressed by these two lovers? All through the book opposites are at war; love and hate, christianity vs atheism, the desert marriage vs the plush fullness of a passionate affair...it's all there. Colin Firth's performance and accent make the whole experience all the more enjoyable.