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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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    Kelly 07-30-13
    Kelly 07-30-13
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    "Top rate performance by Colin"
    Any additional comments?

    Far and away one of the main topics of this book is Christianity and this is not suffieciently covered in the description.

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    Zoe 07-30-13
    Zoe 07-30-13
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    "Colin Firth is far more exciting than this plot."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    What could Graham Greene have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


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

    I have followed Coli Firth in movies but never on audio.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Mary Beth Ojai, CA 07-28-13
    Mary Beth Ojai, CA 07-28-13 Member Since 2013

    Mom, full time job, long commute. Love audio books!

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    "Stays with you."
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    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.

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    Christine SEATTLE, WA, United States 07-26-13
    Christine SEATTLE, WA, United States 07-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Truly terrible"
    What disappointed you about The End of the Affair?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Graham Greene again?

    No


    What three words best describe Colin Firth’s voice?

    Good but not enough to make this worth listening


    What character would you cut from The End of the Affair?

    They were all pathetic


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    Amazon Customer WESTMINSTER, CO, United States 07-25-13
    Amazon Customer WESTMINSTER, CO, United States 07-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Wondered if anyone had thoughts on.."

    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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    History Buff Maryland 07-22-13
    History Buff Maryland 07-22-13 Member Since 2012

    Grace

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    "The End of the Affair? or Fear of Faith"

    First, Colin Firth does an amazing job: no surprise there. The last few books I have listened to have been read with poor breathing control, terrible foreign accents, and unbelievable voices.

    The book kept my interest for the most part. The ending was believable, though a bit unexpected. Every question wasn't answered, which I like. More to ruminate over. It was a bit dated (mid to late 1940s), as far as relationships went, yet at the same time there was something timeless about them.

    If you are looking for another Greene, I would read .

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    Sabrina N 07-20-13
    Sabrina N 07-20-13
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    "Colin makes this a winner"

    The story is very well written. You're enveloped immediately. Colin's voice is hypnotic. Most of the story is told through his character's thoughts and it takes a little getting used to because it's so intimate. Its as if he is whispering the story in your ear the entire time. Very intimate.

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    Amazon Customer Texas 07-14-13
    Amazon Customer Texas 07-14-13 Member Since 2014

    Avid reader passionate writer

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    What made the experience of listening to The End of the Affair the most enjoyable?

    Colin Firth's voice and talent in interpreting the story, Not sure I would have enjoyed the print version as much. Colin's voice did it!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I'm not a fan of the 'pat' happy ending, so I didn't mind this ending.


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

    Colin makes it a movie in your head. You can 'see' the characters. Wouldn't have gotten that from the book.


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    Terry EAGLE, ID, United States 07-09-13
    Terry EAGLE, ID, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2014

    I'm curious & creative and I love new ideas about life!

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    "Great narrating of course by Colin Firth, but...."
    Any additional comments?

    The story was dreadful and boring! It's about a guy who is obsessed with a woman that he had an affair with. All is does is wine & complain about this woman & her husband! It is terribly depressing and very negative! I simply couldn't bring myself to finish it!

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    Kat Morro Bay, CA, USA 07-07-13
    Kat Morro Bay, CA, USA 07-07-13
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    "Colin Firth is a fabulous narrator; A+++"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! A great story narrated by a very talented actor- Colin Firth did an INCREDIBLE job.


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