We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
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.
Regular Price:$19.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.0 (2429 )
5 star
 (1061)
4 star
 (737)
3 star
 (385)
2 star
 (155)
1 star
 (91)
Overall
3.9 (2224 )
5 star
 (831)
4 star
 (692)
3 star
 (422)
2 star
 (157)
1 star
 (122)
Story
4.6 (2232 )
5 star
 (1676)
4 star
 (359)
3 star
 (120)
2 star
 (43)
1 star
 (34)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Agnes Saint Charles, IL, United States 10-10-12
    Agnes Saint Charles, IL, United States 10-10-12 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    31
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Colin Firth makes this audiobook"
    What does Colin Firth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His tone of voice conveys the feelings and emotions so well that it makes you feel the torment and makes you sympathize with him all the way through this story. I found myself going back and listening again and again to some parts of chapters because they are said so painfully beautiful. With some audiobooks you drift off but not his one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sherri L. Driscoll Schertz, TX USA 10-09-12
    Sherri L. Driscoll Schertz, TX USA 10-09-12 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "You must listen to this book!"
    Where does The End of the Affair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    WIthin the top five!


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

    I have a hard time thinking of any book that can compare. The writing is beautiful. I was on the edge of my seat waiting for every word.


    Have you listened to any of Colin Firth’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not, but I will search for them now!


    Any additional comments?

    I feel blessed to have heard these words and this performance!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    David Russell 10-08-12 Member Since 2005
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    191
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "a compelling listen"
    Where does The End of the Affair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I listen to an eclectic mix, averaging a book a week and this falls in the top 5 of the last year alongside Matterhorn, Wolf Hall, Night Circus, Owen Meany, and Unbroken.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bendrix is entirely convincing, you can feel his joy, his pain, his bitterness,


    What does Colin Firth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I had assumed I would hear Firth as a familiar screen actor and instead I was completely caught up in the characters and the story. Masterful narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    monica chapel hill nc, NC, United States 10-07-12
    monica chapel hill nc, NC, United States 10-07-12 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "well read but difficult. Love hate and God"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Repeated itself. Love hate and God. all was said in the first 100 pages.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Graham Greene? Why or why not?

    No way


    Could you see The End of the Affair being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. Very little action


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Susan CAMBRIDGE, MA, United States 10-01-12
    Susan CAMBRIDGE, MA, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Mr. Darcy Meets Graham Greene"
    If you could sum up The End of the Affair in three words, what would they be?

    Depressing love story


    What did you like best about this story?

    There was nothing pat about this love story. Author very conflicted about love affair and his anger at the Catholic Church. The author based this book on his own love affair and was a Catholic.


    Have you listened to any of Colin Firth’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    In my opinion what makes Colin Firth such a good actor is that he treats each role as unique. I am under the impression this is the first audio book he has done and I think he prepared for his role and did a very good job. His voices were subtle but different. I listen to books as I swim. There were times when I was so depressed by the book that I got out of the pool early and there were other times when I was very glad I was swimming laps and no one could see me crying.

    To me a good book is one that can move the reader (or listener) to anger or tears or any other emotion, and Mr. Firth has enabled the listener to do this.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    God no, too depressing.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a feel good story, look elsewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Robert CARY, NC, United States 09-30-12
    Robert CARY, NC, United States 09-30-12 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    27
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    84
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Engaging story, brilliant narration - exquisite"

    Colin Firth is a perfect match for the narrator and main character. Firth is an easily imagined embodiment of the self-centered novelist Maurice Bendrix, but he winningly takes on the voices of Sarah and Henry Miles, and Albert Parkis with equal skill and emotion.

    The novel is efficiently written, smoothly transitioning between the present and remembered past, with Sarah's journal serving to provide a glimpse inside her thoughts, desires and motivations. There are many interesting twists and turns along the way. A subtext of discussion of religion, humanity, god and church provides further opportunity for thoughtful reflection. A wonderful book and enjoyable performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Anne SANTA FE, NM, United States 09-21-12
    Anne SANTA FE, NM, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2003
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    25
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good read. A bit dated."

    Colin Firth! There is no better and he completely adds to the tone of the story. The story itself is intriguing until it gets to the motivations of the object of the affair. That part seems unrealistic, bordering on silly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    M. Katherine Chung Long Beach, CA United States 09-17-12
    M. Katherine Chung Long Beach, CA United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Love, hate & redemption."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of the Affair to be better than the print version?

    Cannot say, I have only listened to this story.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    In our hours of pain and grief, we all want to believe.


    Which character – as performed by Colin Firth – was your favorite?

    The man with the son, who did the investigating. He demonstrated human frailties & love.


    If you could take any character from The End of the Affair out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Sarah.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this read & the voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Richard Glaser Atlanta, GA 09-10-12
    Richard Glaser Atlanta, GA 09-10-12 Member Since 2004
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A wonderful listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The End of the Affair the most enjoyable?

    This is a fascinating, though very unusual, story, beautifully read by Colin Firth. Not everyone's cup of tea, with serious questions about love, hate, god, life and death. Thought provoking.
    Graham Greene is a master at this sort of tale, told from the thoughts of the protagonist, and Firth made it all seem very real. My wife loved it, too.


    Would you recommend The End of the Affair to your friends? Why or why not?

    Some, but not all - probably not my Catholic friends, and certainly not to the ones who read popular novels and such.


    What does Colin Firth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He reads it perfectly, separating the characters without to much of a voice change; reads with appropriate emotion without being histrionic. Very believable.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Tough film to make, and certainly wouldn't be commercial. Can't say, really.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    amy United States 09-03-12
    amy United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Love Colin Firth as narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was very enjoyable


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The relationship formed between the two men towards the end of the story


    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    Loved listening to Colin Firth as narrator. He is clear, and his voice is so pleasant.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction to this book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 251-260 of 294 results PREVIOUS125262730NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.