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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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    Carolyn NY, NY USA 11-02-12
    Carolyn NY, NY USA 11-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my favorite listens so far"
    What did you love best about The End of the Affair?

    Colin Firth was the perfect narrator for this novel. He keeps you enthralled and attached to a character who is not always likable. And, of course, the writing is impecable.


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    Erin Scottsdale, AZ, United States 10-29-12
    Erin Scottsdale, AZ, United States 10-29-12
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    "Beautifully narrated classic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the story is engaging, evolving, and historically relevant with impressive narration. I enjoyed the audiobook throughout.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bendrix is easy to love and hate at the same time. I enjoyed his bitter, emotional, and occasionally humorous retelling of the events.


    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    Colin Firth does an admirable job of bringing the characters to life, provides believable but not over the top voices for the different players, and narrates at a good clip.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rich Katy, TX, United States 10-27-12
    Rich Katy, TX, United States 10-27-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Tedious and Empty"

    I wanted to like this novel, and although the narration is excellent, i committed the ultimate sin, and closed the book, prior to finishing it. The author's struggle with his belief system just wore me out. I tired of the love hate relationship with God, Lover, and Self. Again, and again the reader subjected to the melodrama of conflicted beliefs. One might say that the dark side of the text, what was between the lines railed against my own beliefs, and that after awhile, i just had enough.....perhaps.
    This audiobook was a disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Agnes Saint Charles, IL, United States 10-10-12
    Agnes Saint Charles, IL, United States 10-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "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.


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    Sherri L. Driscoll Schertz, TX USA 10-09-12
    Sherri L. Driscoll Schertz, TX USA 10-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "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!

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    David Russell 10-08-12 Member Since 2005
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    "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.


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    monica chapel hill nc, NC, United States 10-07-12
    monica chapel hill nc, NC, United States 10-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "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
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    Susan CAMBRIDGE, MA, United States 10-01-12
    Susan CAMBRIDGE, MA, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "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
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    Robert CARY, NC, United States 09-30-12
    Robert CARY, NC, United States 09-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "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
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    Anne SANTA FE, NM, United States 09-21-12
    Anne SANTA FE, NM, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2003
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    "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
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