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Elizabeth

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  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
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    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "An Intimate Reading"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of the Affair to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The audio version represents a spectacular performance by famous actor Colin Firth. Hearing the words enhances the story.


    What other book might you compare The End of the Affair to and why?

    "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).


    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Who was the most memorable character of The End of the Affair and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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