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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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    Susan 10-01-12
    Susan 10-01-12
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    If you could sum up The End of the Affair in three words, what would they be?

    Depressing love story


    What did you like best about this story?

    There was nothing pat about this love story. Author very conflicted about love affair and his anger at the Catholic Church. The author based this book on his own love affair and was a Catholic.


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

    In my opinion what makes Colin Firth such a good actor is that he treats each role as unique. I am under the impression this is the first audio book he has done and I think he prepared for his role and did a very good job. His voices were subtle but different. I listen to books as I swim. There were times when I was so depressed by the book that I got out of the pool early and there were other times when I was very glad I was swimming laps and no one could see me crying.

    To me a good book is one that can move the reader (or listener) to anger or tears or any other emotion, and Mr. Firth has enabled the listener to do this.


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

    God no, too depressing.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a feel good story, look elsewhere.

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    Robert 09-30-12
    Robert 09-30-12
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    "Engaging story, brilliant narration - exquisite"

    Colin Firth is a perfect match for the narrator and main character. Firth is an easily imagined embodiment of the self-centered novelist Maurice Bendrix, but he winningly takes on the voices of Sarah and Henry Miles, and Albert Parkis with equal skill and emotion.

    The novel is efficiently written, smoothly transitioning between the present and remembered past, with Sarah's journal serving to provide a glimpse inside her thoughts, desires and motivations. There are many interesting twists and turns along the way. A subtext of discussion of religion, humanity, god and church provides further opportunity for thoughtful reflection. A wonderful book and enjoyable performance.

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    Anne SANTA FE, NM, United States 09-21-12
    Anne SANTA FE, NM, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Good read. A bit dated."

    Colin Firth! There is no better and he completely adds to the tone of the story. The story itself is intriguing until it gets to the motivations of the object of the affair. That part seems unrealistic, bordering on silly.

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    M. Katherine Chung Long Beach, CA United States 09-17-12
    M. Katherine Chung Long Beach, CA United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Love, hate & redemption."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of the Affair to be better than the print version?

    Cannot say, I have only listened to this story.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    In our hours of pain and grief, we all want to believe.


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

    The man with the son, who did the investigating. He demonstrated human frailties & love.


    If you could take any character from The End of the Affair out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Sarah.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this read & the voices.

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    Richard Glaser Atlanta, GA 09-10-12
    Richard Glaser Atlanta, GA 09-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A wonderful listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The End of the Affair the most enjoyable?

    This is a fascinating, though very unusual, story, beautifully read by Colin Firth. Not everyone's cup of tea, with serious questions about love, hate, god, life and death. Thought provoking.
    Graham Greene is a master at this sort of tale, told from the thoughts of the protagonist, and Firth made it all seem very real. My wife loved it, too.


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

    Some, but not all - probably not my Catholic friends, and certainly not to the ones who read popular novels and such.


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

    He reads it perfectly, separating the characters without to much of a voice change; reads with appropriate emotion without being histrionic. Very believable.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Tough film to make, and certainly wouldn't be commercial. Can't say, really.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

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    amy United States 09-03-12
    amy United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Love Colin Firth as narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was very enjoyable


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The relationship formed between the two men towards the end of the story


    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    Loved listening to Colin Firth as narrator. He is clear, and his voice is so pleasant.


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

    No extreme reaction to this book


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    Catherine United States 09-03-12
    Catherine United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Lovely quiet read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of the Affair to be better than the print version?

    I never read the book. I only listened to the audio edition.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I liked it very much. No surprises, just as I would have expected. Very satisfying.


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

    Sarah and Henry


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful example of why I love Audible so much. The End of the Affair is the kind of book, which if I were reading, might not offer enough zip to keep me reading. However the artistic effect of Colin Firth's performance keeps you coming back for more. The book is a literary classic and I am glad I had the chance to hear it.

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    Sheila Downers Grove, IL, United States 08-13-12
    Sheila Downers Grove, IL, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Colin Firth should read every book ever written"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I read this book several years ago for book club and found the main character unlikable enough that I was not that impressed overall. The story is depressing in many ways and I found it difficult to get through, but would not change the story because this was this character's story and it needed to be told like this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The amazing reading by Colin Firth. This man's performance, and I definitely think it deserves the word "performance", is spellbinding and made the book so much better than when I "read" it the first time.


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

    Everything. The man's voice is amazing. With just slight variations in tone and dialect he made each character easy to distinguish and come alive. He didn't just "read" the book - he very subtlely acted it. He should read as many books as you can get him to do.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Get more Colin Firth audiobooks!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Atsuko Yokohama, Japan 08-13-12
    Atsuko Yokohama, Japan 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "superb reading by Colin Firth"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of the Affair to be better than the print version?

    Probably, because Colin Firth was great. But I haven't read it yet.


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

    I didn't like the ending very much. It was rather disappointing. So I probably will not try another.


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

    None


    If you could rename The End of the Affair, what would you call it?

    Lost Way to Heaven


    Any additional comments?

    I want to commend that your audio books are an excellent way to learn English. You might want to target at huge number of English learners in Japan. By the way I love Jane Austen and I've purchased many of her books, which I might be able to write a better review of.

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    Carol Prickett 08-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Absolutely riveting and read just as it should be"
    If you could sum up The End of the Affair in three words, what would they be?

    Engrossing, nuanced, intimate


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maurice was my favorite character because he candidly revealed so many darkly contradictory sides of human nature.


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

    This is Firth's first audible performance and I selected this book because I read an interview in which he described the challenges of doing this sort of work. He said he didn't want to overact the individual characters; he succeeded in making effectively subtle differentiations without slipping into parody or caricature. I would jump at the chance to hear more of his performances.


    If you could take any character from The End of the Affair out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Since the novel was set more than 60 years ago, I would go to dinner with Maurice and ask him how his perspective about God evolved in the intervening years.


    Any additional comments?

    I have recommended this audiobook to several friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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