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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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    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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    dianaskylark ALPHARETTA, GA, US 06-11-12
    dianaskylark ALPHARETTA, GA, US 06-11-12

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    "Excellent audiobook; difficult to listen online."
    What would have made The End of the Affair better?

    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!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    See above


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

    The King's Speech


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

    Understanding, revelation, resignation, empathy


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Weston, FL, United States 06-04-12
    Linda Weston, FL, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Downer!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am looking forward to a more upbeat storyline.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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.


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

    I would have told the author to make it a short story.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jan VALDOSTA, GA, United States 06-04-12
    Jan VALDOSTA, GA, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2002
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    Would you try another book from Graham Greene and/or Colin Firth?

    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.


    Was The End of the Affair worth the listening time?

    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..


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Candice Osage, IA, United States 06-04-12
    Candice Osage, IA, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Nicely done"

    I usually never read books like this (love stories) but thought I would give it a try. I have to admit, it did hold my attention as I felt it was very well written and the narration was good. Since I rarely read these type of books, you would be better served to read the reviews of people who like these types of books, as I really don't have anything to compare it to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Pasco, WA, United States 07-24-12
    Jane Pasco, WA, United States 07-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Drags On"
    What did you like best about The End of the Affair? What did you like least?

    It was strange to see a man entranced by a woman he can't keep. It reminded me of a young teenage girl obsessed over a girlfriend.


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

    A prime example of the stupidity of a man in love.


    Was The End of the Affair worth the listening time?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is a bit slow for my taste.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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