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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Colin Firth made this story more relatable with his barbed, flippant comments and the cadence of his jealous, yet thoughtful, anger. I thought the author braided a religious theme into the narrative that didn't feel natural or relevant. The question of god didn't need to be introduced for me to understand these characters were overwhelmed by their own free will.
The reading by Colin Firth brought the story to life. Each of the characters speaks to him/herself more than anyone else, and that inner dialogue was riveting thanks to the reader.
Morris, obviously. On the one had, such a silly idea about love and religion. Plus he really was just all about himself - selfish and indulgent and couldn't he see that? But on the other hand, he was so honest with himself and so plainspoken with himself. Poor thing.
The intensity. Also, just that perfect voice added another dimension to the story.
The End of the Affair is a thought-provoking classic about love, hate, and the human experience of faith brought to life by the inimitable Colin Firth. This book is an intense listen and well-worth it.
Colin Firth does an excellent job with this narration. It's a powerful and thought provoking story of "hate, as much as love". Definitely worth a listen.
How do you describe indifference, love, hate, sadness, desperation, cruelty? This is how. I have listened to it twice.
If you love classic literature, and stories of unrequited love (although this one doesn't quite fit that bill), you must add this performance to your wish list. I've read this book probably half a dozen times. It is beautiful writing, and Firth's narration only adds to the pleasure.
I'm a Jane Austen-era wanna be who love historical fiction, nonfiction, business books, and everything in between.
While it's unlikely I'd listen to this again (not that it's not lovely to feel like Colin Firth is speaking intimately in your ear; it's just that this is a really long novel), I'm very glad I listened. The movie ends about halfway through this book. And it's much more spiritual and exploratory of human motivations than I expected. Loved it.
Firth reading end of the affair is an amazing performance in its own right. The story itself is a nuanced and absorbing depiction of the rise and fall of obsession, and the pervasive nature of grief and loss.
It was like listening to the thoughts in your own mind, so natural.
A little long of listening to all inr one sitting but I hated for it to end. This is one you can listen to more than once.
Relateable, romance, agonizing
When Maurice confessed to Henry and accused him of pimping Sarah by not learning how to love her properly.
I already know I'll listen to this book again. How many of us have thought, silently the angst expressed by these two lovers? All through the book opposites are at war; love and hate, christianity vs atheism, the desert marriage vs the plush fullness of a passionate affair...it's all there. Colin Firth's performance and accent make the whole experience all the more enjoyable.
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