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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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    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...."
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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!

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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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    I J Young 07-06-13
    I J Young 07-06-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Would not have liked it even if it was free!!"
    What would have made The End of the Affair better?

    A better story.


    What was most disappointing about Graham Greene’s story?

    Boring!!


    What didn’t you like about Colin Firth’s performance?

    Performance ok, but why would he do this story?


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I do not understand what is so great about this book.

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    Jenny Greenville, SC USA 07-05-13
    Jenny Greenville, SC USA 07-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Colin Firth makes this book even better"

    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.

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    redfox 07-05-13
    redfox 07-05-13

    too many periodicals

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    "Colin Firth brings this to life"
    What did you love best about The End of the Affair?

    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.


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

    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!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Really worth a listen.

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    Rafael Savannah, GA, United States 07-02-13
    Rafael Savannah, GA, United States 07-02-13
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    "Great story"
    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    Did a great job


    Any additional comments?

    First time listening to a book of this type and I loved it!

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    Fabby Killeen, TX, United States 06-30-13
    Fabby Killeen, TX, United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Colin Firth should narrarate all audiobooks!"
    If you could sum up The End of the Affair in three words, what would they be?

    Couldn't stop listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maurice Bendrix because of the different emotions we live through his experiences in this novel.


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

    Maurice Bendrix, although he performed them all tremendously! I truly would listen to any audiobook narrarated by him.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There was a moment where I felt extreme emotion during Book 2 I believe, when the journal is being read.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    JannW 06-30-13
    JannW 06-30-13
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    "Amazing reading; repetitive introspection story"
    Was The End of the Affair worth the listening time?

    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.


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    Nancy Laguna Beach, CA, United States 06-28-13
    Nancy Laguna Beach, CA, United States 06-28-13
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    "Classic!"
    Where does The End of the Affair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The End of the Affair?

    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.


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

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither. I was deeply moved by it though.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Anne Kraakeroey, Norway 06-27-13
    Anne Kraakeroey, Norway 06-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic!!"
    If you could sum up The End of the Affair in three words, what would they be?

    An amazing story


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

    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!


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    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!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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