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.
I would likely not have picked up the printed version. I got the audio because of the narrator and the award.
The private detective and his son. They were, I felt, the most genuine people.
I felt he gave real depth to the reading, maintained consistency in all the characters and colored the scenes appropriately - they were not all dark, nor all light.
When the private detective returned the book. I was afraid his son had died and was so very relieved that he had recovered and how.
I just look forward to more books read by Mr. Firth. Please publish more soon!!
The narrator was okay, but I didn't like the story. I guess it was probably well written, but it was not a good, funny, sad, happy, thought provoking story. It was a downer. I am a Christian and a believer, but even that part of this story left me shaking my head. Maybe I just didn't get it.
I have just downloaded The Caine Mutiny. I do like "classics". I have never read this one, but I loved Winds of War and War and Remembrance.
Only Sarah and she not so much.
Perhaps the best.
It's... heart-wrenching, but so well written.
Can't say how much I love it.
I didn't understand it. To rambling.
didn't like it at all....listened for five minutes..enough.