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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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    Eli Harris San Antonio, TX 05-28-13
    Eli Harris San Antonio, TX 05-28-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautifully written, magnificently performed"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend it, and I have. Like so many reviewers have mentioned, Colin Firth's performance of this work is stellar, and complements the novel itself well. His reading is powerful and evocative, and really captures the nuance and lyricism of the work.
    This is the first Graham Greene novel I've read, and I absolutely loved it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Even though it's set in pre-war, wartime and post-war London, from around 1939 to 1946, its themes and the struggles of its all too human characters are timeless. It is a beautiful meditation on love, hate, reason, faith, spirituality and human potential. It's wonderfully written, and I was taken aback more than once by the force of its simply stated truths. I don't know that I fully agree with everything Greene seems to be saying in the work, but I enjoyed it immensely nonetheless.


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

    Colin Firth's narration is extremely evocative, without being at all overwrought. His performance is nigh perfect, and contributes to the lyricism and power of the book.


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

    No. Even though it's a short work, and I really enjoyed it--in fact, because I really enjoyed it--I wanted to take the time required to really take it in and appreciate it. I listened over a period of about three days.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be reading more Graham Greene, and I would listen to anything else Colin Firth narrated as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nik 05-26-13
    Nik 05-26-13 Member Since 2007

    Enjoying audiobooks daily!

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    "Depressing, but beautifully insane."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, because Colin Firth read it to me. He was the best part.


    If you’ve listened to books by Graham Greene before, how does this one compare?

    I have not.


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

    All 3 main characters were well read and completely mental about each other.


    Do you think The End of the Affair needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. No it does not. The story was sooooo depressing and slightly mental.


    Any additional comments?

    I will not listen again. It's just too depressing.

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    Shari United States 05-23-13
    Shari United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Like listening to theater"

    I had never read Graham Greene before and in fact bought the book more because I'm a big fan of Colin Firth. I wasn't disappointed in either of them. Colin Firth elevates narration to a new level. I never heard his voice, only those of the characters and author. I felt like I was being entertained, not just read to. Firth seemed to understand and interpret the subtleties in Greene's writing.
    I also enjoyed the novel itself, though I was a bit let down by the ending. That's probably a personal feeling and others may not agree. The book had depth that I didn't expect, exploring themes of love, relationships and religion. The cuckolded husband is an interesting, well-drawn character, something one doesn't usually see in such stories. No one in Greene's vision is completely guilty or innocent, all are with faults, simply human. A nice, very well-written surprise.

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    Basil Hong Kong SAR, Hong Kong 05-21-13
    Basil Hong Kong SAR, Hong Kong 05-21-13
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    "Brilliant"
    Would you listen to The End of the Affair again? Why?

    Yes, because the story is intriguing and the reader is excellent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The End of the Affair?

    Its insights into people's approaches to Catholicism in general.


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

    Not audiobooks.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe get Colin Firth to narrate more good books? Would be lovely!

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    michael United States 05-20-13
    michael United States 05-20-13 Member Since 2014
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    "love, hate and broken hearts"
    What made the experience of listening to The End of the Affair the most enjoyable?

    I fell in love with a woman… (isn’t that how all great stories begin? but that’s the beginning of my story, not this one). I fell in love with a woman and although I still love her with all my heart, we are no longer in love nor have we spoken in an eternity. She taught me that you can only hate a woman as much as you love her… and I HATE her! This book is the story of that love, and hate. The details, circumstances and actions are different, of course, but this book puts words to the unspoken thoughts, emotions, jealousies and atrocities that go along with such passion. Colin Firth is breathtaking in his telling of this story, so much so that I doubt I would have enjoyed it nearly as much if I read the book with my own eyes. Everything is so raw that each time I started listening my heart quickened and on several occasions I had to stop the audiobook because I couldn’t handle it any longer. It’s taken me months to get through the whole story for the same reason. The last third turns into a discourse on religion and faith, but it’s tolerable for the tidbits of emotional insight. Altogether, does this make it a fantastic story… or not? I’ll let you be the judge. I know I look for a story that will elicit a reaction, and this book has done that, masterfully.


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    Christopher Davis United States 05-16-13
    Christopher Davis United States 05-16-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Awesomely good"

    I have never read or listened to Graham Greene's work before, and he was an incredible writer. His use of language is so poetic and beautiful. Colin Firth is of course an awesome actor, and that shows in his work here. He does justice to the power of the language. It was a great listen.

    This is not one of those heavy plot books. This is a reflection on love and faifth with characters and a plot that move it along. A true work of art.

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    bonnie 05-15-13
    bonnie 05-15-13
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    "Colin Firth saved this otherwise dull book"
    Would you try another book from Graham Greene and/or Colin Firth?

    Colin YES. Graham Green, probablly not.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Maybe it's just the genre. I haven't listened to many classics. But I just kept thinking, "What is the point here?"


    Any additional comments?

    Unremarkable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Friedberg Franklin, MI USA 05-05-13
    Larry Friedberg Franklin, MI USA 05-05-13 Member Since 2005
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    "I knew where it was going, but I couldn't resist!"
    Where does The End of the Affair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For a combination of writing and narration, this ranks very high. Greene definitely has a point-of-view, a religious point-of-view conveyed by the doubts and conflicts (and coincidences or miracles) lived by its two protagonists- Maurice and Sarah. What is presented as a story of hate, predictably, turns into a story of love, but I didn't mind at all. The writing was excellent and the narration by Colin Firth is wonderful. I kept thinking "Why didn't it end here?" But the story goes on, and a new layer is revealed. Greene's writing is as sharp as in The Quiet American. The characters are revealed gradually and masterfully. They are complex, torn souls who love intensely and in complex fashion.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sarah: she is a torn sinner/saint, cynic/believer. We know her, to a great extent, through her diary, which turns the story around. There is no way this character could speak the things she writes and be believable.Maurice is obviously the author. He is a very-well-drawn character, but not so fascinating as Sarah.


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

    I have not listened to him perform an audiobook before. He is obviously a terrific actor, and reads the characters with enormous skill.


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

    A story or a love affair has no beginning or end.


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    Lee-Ann Burgess Las Vegas, NV United States 04-30-13
    Lee-Ann Burgess Las Vegas, NV United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Compelling Story of Love and Morals"
    What did you love best about The End of the Affair?

    Great story and well read by Colin Firth...I didn't want it to end. Would recommend to those readers who enjoy a good moral plot with twists and turns.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The End of the Affair?

    Honestly, too many to name...such food for thought.


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

    Emotion and inflection - he had the ability to make the character sympathetic wherein without Colin's portrayal I may have found the main character merely one dimensional.


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    GVP 04-30-13
    GVP 04-30-13
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    "Put me to sleep...."
    Would you try another book from Graham Greene and/or Colin Firth?

    Love Colin Firth but the story left me wanting. I am only half through listening and I can bear no more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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