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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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    Kirsten 01-26-14
    Kirsten 01-26-14 Member Since 2013

    I'm a Jane Austen-era wanna be who love historical fiction, nonfiction, business books, and everything in between.

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    "Waaaay better than the movie"
    Would you listen to The End of the Affair again? Why?

    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.


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    Amazon Customer 01-10-14
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    "tour de force"
    Would you listen to The End of the Affair again? Why?

    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.


    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    It was like listening to the thoughts in your own mind, so natural.


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

    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.


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    Zonly1 Austell, GA USA 01-04-14
    Zonly1 Austell, GA USA 01-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Satisfying Read"
    If you could sum up The End of the Affair in three words, what would they be?

    Relateable, romance, agonizing


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Maurice confessed to Henry and accused him of pimping Sarah by not learning how to love her properly.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Laura 12-12-13
    Laura 12-12-13
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    "Boring. Could not get into it."

    I kept waiting for something interesting to happen. It never really grabbed me. Colin Forth is great though.

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    J. Stafford FL 11-28-13
    J. Stafford FL 11-28-13

    safe in FL

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    "Heartfelt insight into the human experience"
    What did you love best about The End of the Affair?

    The believable heartaches that were not overdone, not melodramatic and very touching.


    What other book might you compare The End of the Affair to and why?

    Tough question. Oddly, maybe The Old Man and the Sea. One major theme of the human condition


    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    The timber of his voice kept my interest and made the story sing.


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    Carol 11-20-13
    Carol 11-20-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant reading"
    What made the experience of listening to The End of the Affair the most enjoyable?

    Colin Firth did one of the best readings I've ever heard. Most impressive was that he read the woman's lines in his own voice -- no falsetto -- but with a woman's intonation. The story was only okay, but Firth elevated it. I will be looking for more from him.


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

    Presence, emotions, color.


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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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    "Stellar!"

    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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