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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The complex and possibly unreliable narrator.
The reveal. I don't want to spoil it, but it all makes sense in the end.
He has a wonderful voice and was incredibly convincing as the narrator.
Bendrix, the narrator is the one whom we understand best. We don't really get to know Sarah, his love. She is more of a phantom, a memory.
Colin Firth as the narrator was magnificient - no fancy accents, just beautiful reading. I could listen to almost anything he reads. I had not read Graham Greene in 30-40 years and had never read this one so it was a surprise and very enjoyable. Greene is tortured by his Catholicism - a love/hate relationship - and it is the undercurrent in all his novels. Be prepared for that. But this was an intriguing novel.
Other Greene books, of course, where he struggles with his classic confrontation between belief/non-belief. Also other English Catholics struggling with the same issues - like Evelyn Waugh (Brideshead Revisited).
The scenes between the narrator and the husband of his lover.
I listened to it on my walks and I walked much further because I wanted to keep listening to find out what would happen.
A classic - worth the listen.
This audiobook is worth it for the performance alone. I would probably listen to Colin Firth read the telephone book. The story is a meditation on love, jealousy and obsession that, frankly, can seem rather dated. There's a good chance I wouldn't have bothered to finish this if I were reading it, but Firth's performance is spellbinding.
I war ready to quit Audible after 550 books, and finding most of the new literature since about 2010, shallow, often disgusting, and a waste of money. After listening to this book and the narration by Colin Firth, I am staying with Audible as long as I can find books of this quality!
Young mom living in Japan, dealing with commute with audiobooks and knitting.
Colin Firth, of course. He was absolutely amazing!
I got this book purely because Colin Firth read it, so I don't have anything I can compare it to.
Everything! His timing, his voice, .... He made the book great!
I don't think I would have bought this book, would the narrator not been Colin Firth. That said, I'm glad I did, because it's not a story or genre I generally read/listen to, but it was a pretty good one. I think this might become one of those rare books that I will listen to again sometime in the future.
I do think this book was worth my time. However, I wish I would have read it rather than listened to it. There was a lot of material here to absorb and listening to it once through didn't do the story justice.
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
This book was very different from what I expected. Somehow I thought it would be dull and boring, BUT it was quite compelling and interesting, in fact. I liked the way the author could keep the reader interested in how the affair that was the basis of the book ended, even though you know at the beginning that it is over. It seems like there wouldn't be much of a story to tell: it's over, basta. BUT there was much more to it. In the end, the book was an exploration of religious faith. There was a comparison of love in the religious sense - love of God - with human or carnal love. I would have to say that the two extremes pictured in this book were BOTH very, well, EXTREME and sort of ridiculous. The human love portrayed was full of jealously and insecurity. The love of God was ruled by ridiculous superstitions and the belief that God really could micro-manage one's life and one needed to make sacrifices to satisfy God. So Sarah represented the religious love side of the spectrum and Maurice the human love. They BOTH seemed, to me anyway, to have made pretty ridiculous choices all along the way. BUT it made for a good story. I liked the way the book ended with some extreme "coincidences" that could be taken as proof of a higher being - or not! Let the reader decide. Now I want to see the movie with Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore. I don't even remember hearing about it when it was around. Can't wait to get it now! Also, I'd forgotten that Graham Greene, the author, wrote The Quiet American, which was a book and movie that I really liked.
With this book, Graham Greene seemed to be exorcising himself of an affair of his own. But his "hero" is a selfish, bitter, mean-spirited, poisonous person, and he doesn't grow much as a human being. Six hours of him is hard to take.
Yes, his political thrillers like the Third Man and the Quiet American.
No. He has a pleasant voice, but he reads the entire novel in a bitter, accusatory tone so that the two illicit lovers (male and female) often sound like the same sour person. The best narrators read a story well while illuminating the material through their performance, but that didn't happen here.
It's been made into a movie twice, so hopefully that will be enough!
Nearly 1200 titles.
Wonderful writing. Unbreathably articulate. Some of the best delineation of God, man and that chasm. I only wish I had yet to listen so I could begin again.
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