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The End of the Affair | [Graham Greene]

The End of the Affair

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.
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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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    Catherine United States 09-03-12
    Catherine United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Lovely quiet read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of the Affair to be better than the print version?

    I never read the book. I only listened to the audio edition.


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

    I liked it very much. No surprises, just as I would have expected. Very satisfying.


    Which character – as performed by Colin Firth – was your favorite?

    Sarah and Henry


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful example of why I love Audible so much. The End of the Affair is the kind of book, which if I were reading, might not offer enough zip to keep me reading. However the artistic effect of Colin Firth's performance keeps you coming back for more. The book is a literary classic and I am glad I had the chance to hear it.

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    Sheila Downers Grove, IL, United States 08-13-12
    Sheila Downers Grove, IL, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Colin Firth should read every book ever written"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I read this book several years ago for book club and found the main character unlikable enough that I was not that impressed overall. The story is depressing in many ways and I found it difficult to get through, but would not change the story because this was this character's story and it needed to be told like this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The amazing reading by Colin Firth. This man's performance, and I definitely think it deserves the word "performance", is spellbinding and made the book so much better than when I "read" it the first time.


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

    Everything. The man's voice is amazing. With just slight variations in tone and dialect he made each character easy to distinguish and come alive. He didn't just "read" the book - he very subtlely acted it. He should read as many books as you can get him to do.


    Did The End of the Affair inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Get more Colin Firth audiobooks!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Atsuko Yokohama, Japan 08-13-12
    Atsuko Yokohama, Japan 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "superb reading by Colin Firth"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of the Affair to be better than the print version?

    Probably, because Colin Firth was great. But I haven't read it yet.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Graham Greene? Why or why not?

    I didn't like the ending very much. It was rather disappointing. So I probably will not try another.


    Which character – as performed by Colin Firth – was your favorite?

    None


    If you could rename The End of the Affair, what would you call it?

    Lost Way to Heaven


    Any additional comments?

    I want to commend that your audio books are an excellent way to learn English. You might want to target at huge number of English learners in Japan. By the way I love Jane Austen and I've purchased many of her books, which I might be able to write a better review of.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Prickett 08-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Absolutely riveting and read just as it should be"
    If you could sum up The End of the Affair in three words, what would they be?

    Engrossing, nuanced, intimate


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maurice was my favorite character because he candidly revealed so many darkly contradictory sides of human nature.


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

    This is Firth's first audible performance and I selected this book because I read an interview in which he described the challenges of doing this sort of work. He said he didn't want to overact the individual characters; he succeeded in making effectively subtle differentiations without slipping into parody or caricature. I would jump at the chance to hear more of his performances.


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

    Since the novel was set more than 60 years ago, I would go to dinner with Maurice and ask him how his perspective about God evolved in the intervening years.


    Any additional comments?

    I have recommended this audiobook to several friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn 07-25-12
    Carolyn 07-25-12
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    "Fabulous performance and well written story"

    Thoroughly enjoyed Colin Firth's performance. I would probably enjoy listening to him read a dictionary. The story itself is frustrating in its efforts to deal with religious beliefs perhaps because it was written in an earlier era and is a bit dated.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Cedar Grove, TN United States 06-18-12
    Deborah Cedar Grove, TN United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Am I missing something?"

    Great narration by Colin Firth. He seemed to get the feel for this depressing diary.
    The best way for me to review this book is by simply QUOTING, Elizabeth's review...

    "There are books that make you feel inadequate, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, something. Something in you isn't able to see, even distantly, what what makes the book powerful to others. It makes me feel broken.
    It made me feel like everyone else has deep, aching emotions that I lack. It made me wonder if I just didn't get it. Am I simply incomplete in some way that this book didn't make me feel anything?"

    Soooo depressing. This book is following a women's diary and her questioning what is love, hate, love and hate of God, which she questions is there a God? Very deep self searching, which I just couldn't care less about!
    Maybe I don't care, because I am happy with my life, who I am and my spiritual or more accurately my lack of spiritual beliefs.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Vienna, VA, United States 06-11-12
    Linda Vienna, VA, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2011

    Doggy lady

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    "Too depressing."
    What would have made The End of the Affair better?

    Too unhappy, very one sided characters. Hey, everyone has down moments, but an entire book is boring and exhausting.


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

    More dimensions to the characters.


    Which character – as performed by Colin Firth – was your favorite?

    None


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother. Colin Firth does a magnificent job reading a miserable story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Kupskey 06-06-12
    J. Kupskey 06-06-12
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    "Literature! Greene's marvelous writing."
    Where does The End of the Affair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is only my second "listen," and I rank it No. 2.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sarah. Graham does a marvelous of job of speaking for this woman and characterizing her struggles.


    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    Very steady, easy to hear.


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    M 04-22-13
    M 04-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A masterpiece of narration..."

    I had never read this book before, nor do I recall the movies. But I now understand why it is considered a classic. The emotions expressed by the protagonist are complex and profound and heart wrenchingly real....Graham Greene's prose is just exquisite.

    But it was Colin Firth's narration that made it a real listening pleasure - he delivered an absolutely sublime performance.......you simply cannot improve on perfection!

    I now consider this to be one of my top ten, right along side Jeremy Irons' narration of Lolita.

    Highly recommended....you'll be glad you spent the credit.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Audrey Yorba Linda, CA, United States 01-15-14
    Audrey Yorba Linda, CA, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Bang your head against a wall instead"
    Any additional comments?

    Good lord, the main character is so self absorbed and filled with such jealousy that he can't get out of his own way. If you are not a jealous person you will have nothing to relate to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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