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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I didn't think I'd like this book. I chose it because it's on the Audible Essentials list, and Collin Firth has a wonderful voice, and it's a classic. It was almost a duty listen. but the more it went on the deeper and better it got, and from a bitter little story of jealousy and anger it became so beautiful that by the end I felt really moved.
I love listening while I'm driving and Colin Firth was mesmerizing
no, this was my first and I really enjoyed it
sigh...if i only had time
highly recommend, even my husband got into it
I would recommend it to a friend who likes reading realistic books. If you are a romantic and want a happy ending Graham Greene seldom offers that in any of his books.
I liked The Quiet American better. The story was more vivid and the characters more realistic.
Colin Firth has that classy English accent that really brings the characters to life. It would not work as well if the narrator had to fake an accent.
Yes, can't go wrong with any Graham Greene books if you don't mind seeing the world for what it really is and the people that really exist in it.
You have to like Graham Greene to enjoy any of his novels. For Americans ease into this author with The Quiet American or Our Man in Havana to understand better how Greene weaves actual historical events into his books. (It is easier for Americans to relate to the character 1. because one of the main characters is usually American & 2. the events are usually things taught in American History 101.)
He loves her, he hates her.
She loves him, but she won't be with him. She doesn't believe in g-d, then is all consumed by her belief in g-d.
At a point the angst is overwhelming and you need a break, a break-through or the end of the story!
Kudos to Colin Firth on the narration but it doesn't save a dreary, tedious tale.
Firth saves what would have been a basically old story that had no twists or other rewarding features. I don't think anything could improve the rating as the story itself, although it's well written, is a boring love story, if such a thing is possible.
Graham Greene could have let us know more of who the female character is. Her actions and few words leave a feeling, not of mystery, but of frustration. It is like looking through smoked glass at something that is not interesting. Her beauty, personality, character, etc - what in her gives rise to these men's passion for her? I must add, Mr. Greene chose a disappointing ending.. It was cliche; I was surprised. It felt like he couldn't get rid of his characters and was dying to get home to a warm fire, so he ended it as quickly as possible. - it was as if he wrote that he suddenly awoke to find it was all a dream.
I have followed Coli Firth in movies but never on audio.
The redeeming qualities, for me, were that it had a certain atmosphere - dark and elusive - that I enjoyed. I enjoyed the performance by Mr. Firth. I may have learned something from it about how men relate to one another. And there were some wonderful scenes, like when they make love and there is an air raid warning going on and the new German bombs etc. begin to explode. Very visual and memorable.
I love books at Audible and wanted to write a review to be helpful to others. This isn't a very positive review, and I know Graham Greene is a great writer. I read him many years ago. Perhaps I wan't able to let myself go into the language and rhythms of repetitions etc in this novel and got too focused on plot. Mainly, I was all set for a good summer read and was disappointed.
Mom, full time job, long commute. Love audio books!
I bought this mainly for Colin Firth's narration and it did not disappoint. The story is somewhat depressing and slow at times, but I did enjoy traveling back into the past. I've found that the story has somewhat stayed with me.
This book just droned on and on. The only reason I kept listening was I kept hoping it would get better....it didn't. Even Colin Firth couldn't save this long sad stupid tale.
Good but not enough to make this worth listening
They were all pathetic
Graham Greene being bipolar. The inner dialog was fascinating, how he swung back and forth between loving and despising the object of his affection. Made me wonder if it was like stepping inside the mind of a bipolar man.
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