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 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!
Yes! A great story narrated by a very talented actor- Colin Firth did an INCREDIBLE job.
A better story.
Performance ok, but why would he do this story?
I do not understand what is so great about this book.
The perfect book to make you think about relationships, guilt, and commitment. Colin Firth disappears into his performance of the story in the best possible way.
The unexpected change of perspective from the main first-person speaker to the diary of the woman that he's obsessed with. Also, the thread of destiny, of God's unwillingness to be denied.
He humanizes a very difficult character -- one consumed by envy and rather dire views of the people around him -- by his skillful interpretation and intonations, in a way that makes it much easier, I think, to stay with him. I was transfixed!
When I realized that the diary's revelations would not save the protagonist at all, but merely transfer his envy and hatred from a percieved human rival to God.
Really worth a listen.
Did a great job
First time listening to a book of this type and I loved it!
Couldn't stop listening.
Maurice Bendrix because of the different emotions we live through his experiences in this novel.
Maurice Bendrix, although he performed them all tremendously! I truly would listen to any audiobook narrarated by him.
There was a moment where I felt extreme emotion during Book 2 I believe, when the journal is being read.
I highly recommend this performance of this book. I'm not sure I would've chosen to read this book straight off the shelf, but because of who performed it - I purchased this. I'm so glad I did! It was a great story and worth the purchase!
I was thoroughly engaged in the story and in Colin Firth's intonations, but my fascination lasted through about half the book. By that time, I had tired of the endless introspection of the main character. In each person dwells the capacity for enormous good and also enormous evil, but to continue to dwell on that for an entire book was a monotonous story. Mr. Firth's voice kept compelling me to listen more...but eventually, I stopped listening.
Among the books I've purchased from audible.com, this is number one. Gone Girl is number two but I was given that for Christmas on cd!
I can't pinpoint a specific moment but what transported me was to observe how each of the characters - the three principal ones - reacted to the affair and its aftermath.
No, although I did enjoy him in The King's Speech. He has that ultimate educated RP English accent that many of us on the other side of the pond find wickedly captivating.
Neither. I was deeply moved by it though.
I did feel that the author mulled a bit too long over the whole Catholic conversion issue - reflecting his own battles I'm sure - but the novel did seem to drag after the death of Sarah.
An amazing story
He gives life to every person in the book and it is just RIGHT! I feel like he knows them all... And that I get to know them better than if I just read the book myself!
Please get Colin Firth to narrate more books! He is a fantastic actor and his way of narrating is just - for want of a better word - PERFECT!!!!
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