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."
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Of the books that I have listened to, this is #1
I thought this book was fantastic. The story was beautiful and sad. And Colin Firth's narration was spectacular.
Business school dean, one time lawyer, sometime novelist.
A story about the nature of love - self-love, romantic love, selfless love - and about sacramental Christianity. It's set in England during World War II, and the characters are very real and very well realized. Where the novel goes at the end is completely unexpected and, in fact, made the hair stand up on the back of my neck.
Colin Firth gives life to the introspective and often unpleasant narrator. He may be the best reader I've ever listened to. I especially liked the way he handled a woman's "voice," which he had to keep up for a good bit of the story. Often, men don't handle the voices of women very well.
I love Colin Firth's voice. He is such a good narrator. I'll be happy to listening him again.
First, I could listen to Colin Firth read anything. Second, the book is by Graham Greene, a well-noted author--who must have had the most unfortunate experience in life! We've all had love affairs that have gone wrong, but this protagonist is the most negative, bitterest individual I've ever heard. I couldn't help wondering why anyone would get involved with him-- the book does offer several insights, I think, to a common human experience, and is worth listening to, but be prepared for the negativity!
Colin Firth adds the most beautiful touch to this incredibly intense and heart wrenching love story. I became completely obsessed with this book. A very quiet yet engaging novel.
The story was boring and stagnant, I just didn't sympathize with any of the characters. I bought it because of Colin Firth.
Was so depressing, I knew inevitably it would be by the title but there didn't seem to be any happy moments. There didn't seem to even be a reason for the affair in the first place.
I listened to it longer because of his voice, but I really couldn't make myself finish the story.
I can't answer that.
Colin Firth's performance was so perfectly matched to the material. There are wonderful talents in the book narration field, most of whom are anonymous to the broader world, but this particular performance with this particular dramatic work is the best I have encountered. I wish more actors would take on the challenge.
How sophisticated, clever and insightful.
When the writer talks freely to the supposedly religious figure in the book
It has an appropriate name
The book is short and very bittersweet.
Firth brings the story alive with such depth of feeling that it breaks your heart.
How beautiful the author makes the pain of the main characters come to life.
Colin Firth's narration is outstanding
Our Man in Havana. Both are good, but The End of the Affair is more thought provoking.
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