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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I chose this book primarily to hear Colin Firth's voice. Lovely to listen to...
Perhaps...short but not sweet.
Left me feeling as if I missed something...I listened to the last chapters again.
There did not seem to be much "meat" to the story. It did not appeal to me.
No. Not much to the story line.
No. But I love him as an actor.
that is questionable
The same subject keeps getting rehashed...I found it fairly boring. The reader colin firth is the reason I chose this book
In three words...beautiful, truthful, insightful.
I loved how Greene folded the inevitable human struggle w faith & the nature/strength of human emotions and needs, into a story that took my breath away. It provoked so much thought and emotion in me. I think I love Sarah as much as the men in the book. I love too much about this book to choose one thing.
I liked his performance. It wasnt great, and in fact, was a little dry. Esp at the beginning, but i got used to it. It was by no means a butcher job, though!
Sarah Miles. Her journal broke my heart.
I really liked how it showed that we cant ever judge people by their actions w/o knowing them. A different intent behind a single deed can make it into an atrocious sin, or a beautiful sacrifice.
The best thing about this listen is Colin Firth. He has a very pleasing voice and brings the characters to life. It's a joy of a listen. I hope he does more books.
However, it is typical Graham Greene. Don't get me wrong, Graham Greene is a great writer. He brings people and places to life in a way no other writer can. But as always with Greene, a character who was raised Catholic, but no longer believes, prays to God and a miracle occurs. The character then goes thru an inner struggle questioning who they are and what they believe. If you like reading struggles of faith, you will love this book.
I personally find the subject boring. I've read the struggle before in Greene's work and just can't invest in the character's dilemma even though I like them and want them to succeed.
Colin Firth was the best part. The story, the endless dithering and paralyzing angst were tedious. However, I might have thought differently when I was 15.
Not sure but it will not one in this genre for a while anyway. I hope Firth will narrate more in the future.
His voice, his inflection, his talent.
Not read another Greene book for a while.
The novel and narration more than lives up to expectations.l
I'm unable to pause and pick up play during this quite lengthy
perormance. Colin Firth is nonpareil How do I get to the End
of the Affair listening on my computer. Until I can hear the rest,
I cannot order additional books. Help!
The King's Speech
Understanding, revelation, resignation, empathy
Please provide step-by-step instructions how to listen online.l I devoted an entire Sunday at the computer and the audio must have "buffered." Very frustratinng. Looking forward to technical support.
Although I appreciate the talents of Mr. Firth, who narrated this story, I cannot say that I enjoyed it. It belabored every point about love/lust and was frankly, depressing!
I am looking forward to a more upbeat storyline.
Colin Firth couldn't have done a better job of narrating. In fact, his voice was the only reason I continued listening to the bitter end.
I would have told the author to make it a short story.
I have listened to many books from Audible.com and this is the first book that I can truly say I was disappointed in and don't agree with the reviews. Too bad.
Firth's narration was fine; as this is a first person narrative with limited characters it was not exceedingly challenging. Greene I would try again as his reputation is excellent. This book, however, fell short of enjoyable and/or enlightening. The story and mores inherent seem dated and far from relevant for me. I really tried to like it and had looked forward to it but in the end, meech.
As an exercise in maintaining one's "well-rounded" cultural literacy, perhaps. It helped fill the time without being too distracting as I worked, painting a Habitat for Humanity home. There were no "back it up, I have to hear that again" moments, nor any stop you in your tracks, either. In all, a rather flat story excellently told..
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