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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Brilliantly narrated, this novel by Graham Greene is achingly beautiful. Never concescending to the reader and never formulaic. I felt transported to the time and place. Firth has set a high bar on narration which can make or break an audiobook.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
Colin Firth could read the yellow pages to me and they would be riveting. The narrator aside, the story is interesting as it explores the relationships between friends, lovers, and spouses. It is a beautifully told story that develops the depth of the relationships. You feel for each person in the story, and want what is best for each of them, even when what is best for one conflicts with what is best for another.
Too bad. Maybe because I had never before read the Graham Greene classic, maybe because a high-profile narrator creates a high level of expectation, I felt somewhat let down. It's hard to sympathize with a protagonist as self-absorbed as Bendricks, even when the character is delivered by such a skilled interpreter.
Nobody wins in this book. Maybe that's the real world to many readers, but not me.
Graham Greene = depressing.
If you want to sleep... and are listening on the audible app... set the timer for 15 minutes and you will be out before it stops! Boring... Sad and not worth the OCD in me to go to the end... waste of time.
Redundancy.... and never really clear whose point of view you were listening to...
Character distinction... was in lack... they all sound alike and drab
Oh well... grateful it was just 6 hours
Maybe I don't like Graham Greene after all. Depressing.... couldn't finish it. Mr Firth did a good job narrating, but the book just keeps saying the same thing over and over in different ways. Too bad I really wanted to like this.
Yes! Bendrix is a complicated character. Even as he views himself as a hater, his discovery of love and compassion is profound. Must listen to again!
When Bendrix admits that he too must love Henry.
Bendrix outrage toward the priest was my favorite scene. It was a turning point in the story.
Bendrix would serve as an interesting dinner companion. A conversation with him would be most exciting.
I bought this book because it was read by Colin Firth. He did not disappoint. The story was complicated and on the dark side. I had not read any books by this author so I never saw the ending coming. I will have to listen to the book again because it is all about character development and good over evil.
I enjoyed the book because of the complexity of the relationships. This was a book that made you think about your relationships and made you want to shake the main character into reasonableness.
I guess the thing that made it most enjoyable was Colin Firth's voice.
Probably not. Because it is a dark story and doesn't have a particularly happy ending.
He brings the characters to life. The way he reads the dialogue makes the reader think the characters are real. I find that I prefer audible books to text books.
Sarah was most memorable because of her conflict between physical love for her lover and her love for her church. Even though she was dead throughout the novel, the flashbacks made her seem alive.
I had not read any of Graham Greene's novels so was unprepared for the depth of his writing style. I am glad I got to know his through audible. I'm afraid the text book may have been too deep.
I listened to this on a long drive, and did not want to get out of the car until it was done. Colin Firth's voice was wonderful, and gave the story life, I felt like he was telling his story. Absolutely wonderful.
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.
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