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I normally don't care for books that obsess self-indulgently and at length about love and spirituality, but this was so well written and so well narrated by Colin Firth that it kept me completely engaged. The characters, while not exactly likeable, were complex and interesting and very, very human and I loved the theme of unconventional relationships. This isn't a happy or comfortable book at all, but it's a good one.
This book initially seems to be the story of a love affair, which it is. But it is so much more than that as these two are caught up in a triangle that threatens a friendship and a marriage, affected by world events and impacted by religious beliefs and changing culture.
It also beautifully shows how a couple (or couples) can have an affair, or a marriage, that has a unity, but then each of them has his or her own life that impacts the relationship, often in a way that the other does not understand and often misinterprets.
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Absolutely! Anything to hear more of Colin Firth's voice. The writing was also beautiful though, and there were passages I really would like to hear again.
I can't think of any specific books, but it actually reminds me of a lot of Norwegian books in that they tell simple stories like this. But the writing was exceptional and set it apart.
He portrayed each character excellently with subtle differences in the way they spoke. He is also just very comfortable to listen to in general.
Collin Firth brought the characters to life and the author has a creative flair with a pen, but the book was so uneventful. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen, but the plot plodded along keeping me in depressed mode. A lot of book about, well...not much.
OMG I never want to listen to another audio book unless it is read by Colin Firth! Just amazing. He makes each character distinctive without resorting to phony accents or odd intonations. It is a wonderful book, but I would listen to Colin Firth read the phone book!
After recently listening to a couple of excellent new novels (And the Mountains Echoed and The Orphan Master's Son) that were ruined, or nearly so, by heavy, inappropriate (the Greek characters in And the Mountains Echoed were read by a man with what sounded like a Slavic accent) or even made up (I'm convinced none of the readers of The Orphan Master's Son can possibly talk like that in real life) accents, listening to The End of the Affair is a stunning experience.
Colin Firth has a great voice and gave great narration. But the story is long and boring. The movie was better. It's not often that happens when books are made into movies.
"It Didn't Take". This line is a direct quote from this audiobook and the line is repeated several times. It stands out as one of the only effective sentences in the story. This describes how I felt about listening to The End of the Affair. I found it pathetic, dull and uninspiring. Character development? Each character was a suffering narcissist who never got out of his/her own way. Lots of interesting questions were asked, none were answered. My question is why did Colin Firth read this aloud?
Greene writes beautifully about the murky waters of love and hate. You really feel for the main character (if you have ever known heartbreak and misery). Greene so articulately leads the reader through emotions that are hard for most people to even begin to put into words.
I can't. It's one in a million. I would love to find another (audio)book like it.
Colin Firth narrates this masterfully. He really brings it to life... albeit a melancholy one.
If I had simply read this book I'm quite sure I would have enjoyed it very much. But Firth brought it to a new level. I am totally in love with it.
I listen to audiobooks on my drive to work, so when I saw that Colin Firth read this, I was thrilled.
That said, the story was not worth the listen. The protagonist's struggle with love vs lust vs hate seemed convoluted and contrary to any Judeo-Christian moral code. I was mainly left with a sense of pity. I do not mean to pass judgement, but the existence was so bleak there didn't seem to be a reason for the book.
I enjoyed the way the author worked around so many moral values in this novel. Thought provoking in terms of right, wrong, love, devotion, God, and humanity. The setting was perfect for this story and the passion was moving. I will probably listen to this again some time to get the full value of the story.