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The End of the Affair | [Graham Greene]

The End of the Affair

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - The End of the Affair is somehow the antithesis and the definition of a love story, and Colin Firth’s performance is truly exceptional. Colin captures the story's intensity in his delivery – the emotion in each sentence is nearly tangible - yet he doesn’t \"over-do\" it. This is so much more than a love (and hate) story – it’s a reflection on what brings happiness and sadness into this life, and what one might sacrifice for a chance at happiness in the next. —Jess

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Winner, Audiobook of the Year, 2013

Audie Award Nominee, Best Solo Narration, 2013

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.

The End of the Affair, set in London during and just after World War II, is the story of a flourishing love affair between Maurice Bendrix and Sarah Miles. After a violent episode at Maurice's apartment, Sarah suddenly and without explanation breaks off the affair. This very intimate story about what actually constitutes love is enhanced by Mr. Firth's narration, who said "this book struck me very, very particularly at the time when I read it and I thought my familiarity with it would give the journey a personal slant."

"I'm grateful for this honor," Firth said when this production was recognized by the Audie Awards as Audiobook of the Year for 2013, "and grateful for the opportunity to narrate one of my favorite stories. A great novel told in the first person makes for the best script an actor could imagine. None better than The End of the Affair.... Theater and film each offer their own challenges and rewards, but narration is a new practice for me and the audiobook performance provides exhilarating possibilities for both actors and listeners. I'm thrilled to be involved in bringing this remarkable work of fiction to a wider audience, and thankful to Audible for offering me the opportunity to perform it and to engage with so many who share my passion for storytelling."

The End of the Affair is part of Audible’s A-List Collection, featuring the world’s most celebrated actors narrating distinguished works of literature that each star helped select. For more great books performed by Hollywood’s finest, click here.


©1951 Graham Greene (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Deborah 05-09-12
    Deborah 05-09-12
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    "Complex, intimate, compelling"

    When Colin Firth reads the story, I believe it is true. Though Bendrix talks of hate, it is passion and love that come through. In the beginning I was most struck by the brief emotional intimacy between Bendrix and Harry (Sarah's husband). Sarah's voice seems more distant until we get a glimpse at her diary. The experience of love that you feel in your soul and in your heart, including joy but also pain, confusion and doubt truly come out in Firth's performance.

    37 of 44 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 05-21-12
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 05-21-12

    "... there are times when silence is a poem." - John Fowles, the Magus ^(;,;)^

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    "This review has NO beginning and NO end!"

    This review has no beginning and no end. I should probably start then with the obvious -- I love G.G.. I love his Catholic novels (now having finished the fourth of that group). Greene's strength is his ability to make his flawed characters both repellant and lovely (or said simpler: human) at the same time. He approaches his thesis through unconventional approaches. Who but Greene would illuminate man's relationship with God with an affair as the novel's structural metaphor? Greene's relationship with God and his Catholicism is complex and uneasy at times and that is what transforms his novels into Art

    38 of 48 people found this review helpful
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    W Perry Hall 04-21-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Caches In Conflicts"

    Never has so short a book stirred in me such a cauldron of conflicting emotions.

    You think Sarah deserves love, but cannot countenance that in a marriage or against vow of commitment. You ponder, why not, in her marriage free from sex for seven years, but then cringe when considering *but, with Maurice?* who's our narrator, the pompous, neurotic narcissist.

    This short novel delves into such questions and those of faith in, and relationship with, God. To say much more of the story is to spoil it.

    Colin Firth's narration is perfection.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ArtC 08-06-12
    ArtC 08-06-12 Member Since 2010

    Mysteries, classics, non-fiction, time travel, Bounty hunters, grim reapers... anything but vampires, please!

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    "It's like a black-and-white film in your head."
    What did you love best about The End of the Affair?

    Colin's voice and the wartime setting combines to paint mental images of classic cinema in your imagination. You are not just doing your gardening, listening to a book. You are gardening in England, in the midst of moral dilemma, while the world crumbles around you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There are no right answers. About anything. Anywhere. Ever.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stacy INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 05-11-12
    Stacy INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I loved this story"

    and I especially loved Colin Firth reading it....your life will be better if you hear this :)

    19 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh 05-11-12
    Leigh 05-11-12

    Oral storytelling is my favourite thing in the world. If I lost my iPod I would feel like I had lost my arm.

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    "Exquisite"

    The prose of Graham Greene as narrated by Colin Firth are a sublime experience. I'm so glad I bought this. My only hope is that Audible can convince Mr. Firth to go back into the recording booth to do more.

    18 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 01-14-13
    Robert 01-14-13

    I'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction

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    "my first major audible disappointment"

    I should have paid more attention to the negative reviewer on this one. This will be the first Audible book I've started and not finished. (I even dragged myself through Doctor Zhivago, which was depressing and seemed to make a hero out of someone in whom I found almost no heroic qualities, though admittedly I may have chosen to finish it either because it cost two credits or just so I could say I did.) For this one, I can only ditto the reviewer who says the protagonist just keeps bouncing back and forth with his whinings. And, as part of those whinings, I must add a comment: Why does he seem to think it if God's responsibility to make things work out for him when he makes foolish and immoral choices and gets his feelings hurt? It is certainly not God's responsibility to simply give him whatever he wants. The main character, not only in his concept of God as a cosmic Santa but also in every other way--at least as far as I could stomach the story--seems absurdly shallow. I know most everybody else liked this one, but I kept thinking, where's the story? and what's the point?

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 01-03-15
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 01-03-15 Member Since 2006

    Addicted to Audible!

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    "Colin is amazing, story not worth your time!"

    Ok, I really tried with this one. My husband likes Graham Greene so I was excited to listen to one of my favorite actors narrate this book. What a disappointment! Yes, Colin has a wonderful voice and did the best job he could with this ridiculous nonsense. I could no longer stand the torture of this story after 1/2 way through. There was really no point to the story- all the characters were unlikable and I was not at all sympathetic to their "heartache", all self- inflicted and narcissistic. Dont waste your credits!

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    L. Redford Fullerton, CA United States 05-17-12
    L. Redford Fullerton, CA United States 05-17-12 Member Since 2014

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    "the Beginning of THE Narrator"

    A great 20th century novel read brilliantly by Colin Firth. Please, put in front of the microphone again and again.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Pita Miami 08-13-14
    Pita Miami 08-13-14 Member Since 2013

    Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books

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    "Beautifully written and narrated but never easy"
    If you could sum up The End of the Affair in three words, what would they be?

    This novel is fairly complex. It touches on religion, desire,war, adultery...I would not be able to summarize it in three words (and probably not in 100)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator of the story, the lover, was my favorite. He was angry and flawed. The fact that Colin Firth gave him his voice probably further endeared him to me. I found this character very believable. Apparently this novel is based on an actual relationship the writer had.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I came to this book after seeing the movie with Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore so I have a very visual conception of this novel. Actually, I was touched by the interaction of the husband and the lover at the end of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration by Firth was a real treat. Although I saw the movie first and enjoyed Ralph Fiennes in the role of the lover I would take Firth characterization over his any day.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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