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.
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.