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The End of the Affair Audiobook

The End of the Affair

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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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    C. Berrien Berkeley, CA USA 11-12-13
    C. Berrien Berkeley, CA USA 11-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A masterful performance by Colin Firth"
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    This book is easily one of the top 5 Audible books I have purchased. The combination of the brilliance of Graham Greene's prose with Colin Firth's superlative narration results in a true masterpiece of the spoken word art form.
    The writer's description of the inner workings of both Sarah and Morris's tortured minds, punctuated by Mr. Firth's flawless performance, is un forgettable and is rich with universal themes.
    I am sure Mr. Firth is expensive...but I think thousands of us would buy any book he might narrate just to experience the power of his eloquent performance.

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    Julie FREDERICK, OK, United States 11-05-13
    Julie FREDERICK, OK, United States 11-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Strange love story with an unforeseen alliance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a beautiful love story and really, strangely, love for this woman won out in the end.


    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    Colin Firth was great. At times the story seemed wordy, but I always enjoyed listening to him and stayed in it just to hear him read.


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    BluBumbleB 10-26-13
    BluBumbleB 10-26-13 Member Since 2016

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    The End of the Affair is a departure from my norm, but well worth it!! I agree with all the other rave reviews this book has received. Without question Colin Firth did an excellent job in his narration...I love him as an actor so I knew this would be a winner. This story is so thought-provoking and it really makes you stop and take several things into strong consideration. It's a thinking man's book dare I say? It's about the double edged sword of love, loss, faith and the lack thereof. This story made me laugh at times, but most of all I was touched by the wonderfully deeply layered characters created by Graham Greene. This beautifully written story is a classic for sure.

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    Heidi NEW YORK, NEW YORK, United States 10-02-13
    Heidi NEW YORK, NEW YORK, United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "The most beautiful, heartbreaking love story"
    Where does The End of the Affair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among my favorites. Colin Firth and Graham Greene, there is nothing not to love in this beautiful and sad, yet sharp and witty book.


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

    Sara, of course. Sara, the inexplicable, beautiful, complex Sara. I'm fascinated.


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    Patricia OVIEDO, FL, United States 09-21-13
    Patricia OVIEDO, FL, United States 09-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Story left me feeling empty"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No since it was depressing.


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

    I love to listen to him and that was the reason I bought the audiobook in the first place. He did not disappoint me.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


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    Liz Lambdin Altadena, CA United States 09-12-13
    Liz Lambdin Altadena, CA United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Quit after Hours of Listening"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Great writing, but the obsession was too much.


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

    Great writing, but the obsession was too much.


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

    Great writing, but the obsession was too much.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Great writing, but the obsession was too much.


    Any additional comments?

    Great writing, but the obsession was too much.

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    Shannon Dayton, TX, United States 09-12-13
    Shannon Dayton, TX, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not sure why this is supposed to be a great book."
    Would you try another book from Graham Greene and/or Colin Firth?

    Not sure.


    What was most disappointing about Graham Greene’s story?

    All of it. It was kind of weird and torturous.


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

    I love Colin Firth. He has a great voice.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Dissapointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Just downright dull.

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    Barbara Dumas Newton, MA USA 09-10-13
    Barbara Dumas Newton, MA USA 09-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Book - Great Reader"
    Where does The End of the Affair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Colin Firth stands, with Simon Vance, at the top of my narrators' queue.


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    Neighbor 09-04-13
    Neighbor 09-04-13
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    "Amazing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of the Affair to be better than the print version?

    Two words: Colin. Firth.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How ordinary it was. It's a storyline that I know many people have lived through.


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

    Colin Firth brings an emotional depth to the characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not one particular moment, no. From start to finish it was magnificent to listen to.


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    Monica 09-02-13
    Monica 09-02-13
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    "GG completely undressed a love affair"

    It is true that when listening to this book, I was continuously switching my emotions from love to hate for all different characters; but that is exactly what love and mainly a love affair is. There is not only a good or a bad in a love story; there is always a victim and a victor but that fact is constantly changing. So at the end, we are left with the unsatisfied feeling of loneliness and love. It also appears that this book was written to be read by Colin Firth, perfect and unrepeatable match!

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