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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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    Suzanne san antonio, TX, United States 11-06-12
    Suzanne san antonio, TX, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "More books narrated by Colin Firth, please."
    If you could sum up The End of the Affair in three words, what would they be?

    A compelling story of the heart from hate & jealousy to love. Graham Greene is always startling in the way his stories twist and turn.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Morris, the protagonist. He is brutally honest with himself and the nature of his struggle.


    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    Beautifully read. I hope he does more. A good narrator makes all the difference in a story. I have listened to a number of books that were nearly ruined by the narrator whose false notes intrude on the story.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    More books read by Colin Firth, please.

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    Judy Bee 11-05-12
    Judy Bee 11-05-12

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    "End it already!"
    Would you try another book from Graham Greene and/or Colin Firth?

    Not by Graham Greene but definitely from Colin Firth. Firth has a wonderful reading voice but the material was so slow that it was a sure cure for insomnia.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Graham Greene again?

    Nope


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

    The PI's son.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The End of the Affair?

    Everything after the air raid.


    Any additional comments?

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. J. Christensen Tucson, AZ. 11-04-12
    M. J. Christensen Tucson, AZ. 11-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wrestling With Love, Hate and God"

    This is classic Graham Greene - a very psychological story of the agony of love. The narrator of the story, Bendrix, alternates between loving and hating his mistress Sarah, and the God that she comes to believe in. I think anyone who has been in love will be able to relate at least a little bit to Bendrix. he is a very human character. As one would expect, the writing is exquisite and the flavor of post WW2 London permeates the story. If you are looking for a plot-driven story, this isn't it, but if you like to delve into the mind of characters and feel their melancholy, you won't be disappointed. Colin Firth gives a fantastic reading - I can't think of anyone else who could have done better. Please have him narrate some more books!

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    Carolyn 11-02-12
    Carolyn 11-02-12
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    "One of my favorite listens so far"
    What did you love best about The End of the Affair?

    Colin Firth was the perfect narrator for this novel. He keeps you enthralled and attached to a character who is not always likable. And, of course, the writing is impecable.


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    Erin Scottsdale, AZ, United States 10-29-12
    Erin Scottsdale, AZ, United States 10-29-12
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    "Beautifully narrated classic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the story is engaging, evolving, and historically relevant with impressive narration. I enjoyed the audiobook throughout.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bendrix is easy to love and hate at the same time. I enjoyed his bitter, emotional, and occasionally humorous retelling of the events.


    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    Colin Firth does an admirable job of bringing the characters to life, provides believable but not over the top voices for the different players, and narrates at a good clip.


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    Rich 10-27-12
    Rich 10-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Tedious and Empty"

    I wanted to like this novel, and although the narration is excellent, i committed the ultimate sin, and closed the book, prior to finishing it. The author's struggle with his belief system just wore me out. I tired of the love hate relationship with God, Lover, and Self. Again, and again the reader subjected to the melodrama of conflicted beliefs. One might say that the dark side of the text, what was between the lines railed against my own beliefs, and that after awhile, i just had enough.....perhaps.
    This audiobook was a disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Happydog Saint Charles, IL, United States 10-10-12
    Happydog Saint Charles, IL, United States 10-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Colin Firth makes this audiobook"
    What does Colin Firth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His tone of voice conveys the feelings and emotions so well that it makes you feel the torment and makes you sympathize with him all the way through this story. I found myself going back and listening again and again to some parts of chapters because they are said so painfully beautiful. With some audiobooks you drift off but not his one.


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    Red River Ruby 10-09-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "You must listen to this book!"
    Where does The End of the Affair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    WIthin the top five!


    What other book might you compare The End of the Affair to and why?

    I have a hard time thinking of any book that can compare. The writing is beautiful. I was on the edge of my seat waiting for every word.


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

    No, I have not, but I will search for them now!


    Any additional comments?

    I feel blessed to have heard these words and this performance!

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    David Russell 10-08-12
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    "a compelling listen"
    Where does The End of the Affair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I listen to an eclectic mix, averaging a book a week and this falls in the top 5 of the last year alongside Matterhorn, Wolf Hall, Night Circus, Owen Meany, and Unbroken.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bendrix is entirely convincing, you can feel his joy, his pain, his bitterness,


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

    I had assumed I would hear Firth as a familiar screen actor and instead I was completely caught up in the characters and the story. Masterful narration.


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    monica chapel hill nc, NC, United States 10-07-12
    monica chapel hill nc, NC, United States 10-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "well read but difficult. Love hate and God"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Repeated itself. Love hate and God. all was said in the first 100 pages.


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

    No way


    Could you see The End of the Affair being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. Very little action


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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