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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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    L. Standridge-Santopietro Huntington, MA USA 08-18-12
    L. Standridge-Santopietro Huntington, MA USA 08-18-12 Listener Since 2008

    Linda Williams Standridge

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    "Boring"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Colin Firth is a terrific narrator, and the book started out encouragingly,i.e. about hatred toward someone, but then it started to get confusing, and finally I began to wonder about the point of the story. It became increasingly boring...


    What could Graham Greene have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have a more organized book, and stick with the original premise of the book.


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

    An English accent helps, since the story takes place in England at a rather stuffy time.


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

    NO!


    Any additional comments?

    Book WAY overrated.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carla Helotes, TX, United States 08-15-12
    Carla Helotes, TX, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Rather depressing."

    I had never read one of Greene's books and now I remember why....they tend toward the depressing. Well written but a bit down for my tastes.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-14-12
    Julia Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great performance but the story wasn't for me"

    I admit I only downloaded this audio book because I wanted to listen to Colin Firth narrating it. I enjoyed that part of it a lot, but the book itself really wasn't for me. The interesting aspects of the story were in the way the main character deals with loss, as well as the relationships between the different characters. But once the topic of religion was introduced (about halfway into the book) I quickly began to lose interest. All the talk about god was just too much for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martha Sherman, TX, United States 07-24-12
    Martha Sherman, TX, United States 07-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Existential angst!"
    Where does The End of the Affair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I chose this book primarily to hear Colin Firth's voice. Lovely to listen to...


    Would you recommend The End of the Affair to your friends? Why or why not?

    Perhaps...short but not sweet.


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

    Bendrix


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

    Left me feeling as if I missed something...I listened to the last chapters again.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Dyer Montclair, NJ United States 07-23-12
    Elizabeth Dyer Montclair, NJ United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Did not finish"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There did not seem to be much "meat" to the story. It did not appeal to me.


    Would you recommend The End of the Affair to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Not much to the story line.


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

    No. But I love him as an actor.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    judy Newtown, CT, United States 07-04-12
    judy Newtown, CT, United States 07-04-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "maybe i just don't get it"
    What did you like best about The End of the Affair? What did you like least?

    The reader


    Has The End of the Affair turned you off from other books in this genre?

    that is questionable


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

    never before


    Was The End of the Affair worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The same subject keeps getting rehashed...I found it fairly boring. The reader colin firth is the reason I chose this book

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-04-12 Member Since 2008
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    "beautiful, truthful, insightful"
    If you could sum up The End of the Affair in three words, what would they be?

    In three words...beautiful, truthful, insightful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    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!


    Who was the most memorable character of The End of the Affair and why?

    Sarah Miles. Her journal broke my heart.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn HUMBLE, TX, United States 07-02-12
    Marilyn HUMBLE, TX, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not worth it!"

    Listened to less than an hour and gave up on it. Don't waste your credit. Boring and slow.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Franks New York, NY United States 07-01-12
    Cynthia Franks New York, NY United States 07-01-12 Member Since 2006

    Sootyfootyput

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    "I could listen to Colin Firth all day!"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A User Danville, IN, United States 06-15-12
    A User Danville, IN, United States 06-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautifully read but tedious story"
    What did you like best about The End of the Affair? What did you like least?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure but it will not one in this genre for a while anyway. I hope Firth will narrate more in the future.


    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    His voice, his inflection, his talent.


    Did The End of the Affair inspire you to do anything?

    Not read another Greene book for a while.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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