Yes. The audio version represents a spectacular performance by famous actor Colin Firth. Hearing the words enhances the story.
"Rules of Civility" is similar in that it takes place in a large city (New York) during an historically interesting period of time (1938) and is written in flashback from the standpoint of one of the lovers. Both stories involve a love affair. The books differ in terms of publication dates (many decades). The stories are tragic in different ways. The milieu is quite dissimilar (war and post-war in London versus pre-war and late Depression In New York). "Rules of Civility" is by a newer author while "The End of the Affair" is considered a classic. The latter raises a universal issue (belief in a higher power). The former appears to be written more for entertainment (a riches-to-rags story).
I loved the intimacy of Mr. Firth's performance. I felt as though I were sitting in a private library by the fire on a cold evening and Mr. Firth were reading the book aloud just to me. I could hear his intake of breath, which was as much a pause as his own reaction to the story itself. He became Maurice. I was entranced.
The private detective (Mr. Parkis) was both a foil to the character of Maurice and a pivotal character in his own right. He was very human, unlike the private detective in a Dickens novel, for example.
I purchased this book based based on a review in "Entertainment Magazine". I love Mr. Firth's performances as an actor and knew I would enjoy his performance as a narrator. I was not disappointed.
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