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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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    Judith 12-06-12
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    I war ready to quit Audible after 550 books, and finding most of the new literature since about 2010, shallow, often disgusting, and a waste of money. After listening to this book and the narration by Colin Firth, I am staying with Audible as long as I can find books of this quality!

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    Katalin New York, NY, United States 11-29-12
    Katalin New York, NY, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2014

    Young mom living in Japan, dealing with commute with audiobooks and knitting.

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    What made the experience of listening to The End of the Affair the most enjoyable?

    Colin Firth, of course. He was absolutely amazing!


    What other book might you compare The End of the Affair to and why?

    I got this book purely because Colin Firth read it, so I don't have anything I can compare it to.


    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    Everything! His timing, his voice, .... He made the book great!


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

    Missed Opportunities...


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think I would have bought this book, would the narrator not been Colin Firth. That said, I'm glad I did, because it's not a story or genre I generally read/listen to, but it was a pretty good one. I think this might become one of those rare books that I will listen to again sometime in the future.

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    Amazon Customer Florida 11-23-12
    Amazon Customer Florida 11-23-12
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    "A Book Better Heard than Read"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I do think this book was worth my time. However, I wish I would have read it rather than listened to it. There was a lot of material here to absorb and listening to it once through didn't do the story justice.


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    KP Oakland, CA 11-23-12
    KP Oakland, CA 11-23-12 Member Since 2012

    There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson

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    "Enjoyable listening."

    This book was very different from what I expected. Somehow I thought it would be dull and boring, BUT it was quite compelling and interesting, in fact. I liked the way the author could keep the reader interested in how the affair that was the basis of the book ended, even though you know at the beginning that it is over. It seems like there wouldn't be much of a story to tell: it's over, basta. BUT there was much more to it. In the end, the book was an exploration of religious faith. There was a comparison of love in the religious sense - love of God - with human or carnal love. I would have to say that the two extremes pictured in this book were BOTH very, well, EXTREME and sort of ridiculous. The human love portrayed was full of jealously and insecurity. The love of God was ruled by ridiculous superstitions and the belief that God really could micro-manage one's life and one needed to make sacrifices to satisfy God. So Sarah represented the religious love side of the spectrum and Maurice the human love. They BOTH seemed, to me anyway, to have made pretty ridiculous choices all along the way. BUT it made for a good story. I liked the way the book ended with some extreme "coincidences" that could be taken as proof of a higher being - or not! Let the reader decide. Now I want to see the movie with Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore. I don't even remember hearing about it when it was around. Can't wait to get it now! Also, I'd forgotten that Graham Greene, the author, wrote The Quiet American, which was a book and movie that I really liked.

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    S. Jones 11-19-12
    S. Jones 11-19-12
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    "Tedious, Bitter"
    What did you like best about The End of the Affair? What did you like least?

    With this book, Graham Greene seemed to be exorcising himself of an affair of his own. But his "hero" is a selfish, bitter, mean-spirited, poisonous person, and he doesn't grow much as a human being. Six hours of him is hard to take.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Graham Greene again?

    Yes, his political thrillers like the Third Man and the Quiet American.


    Did Colin Firth do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No. He has a pleasant voice, but he reads the entire novel in a bitter, accusatory tone so that the two illicit lovers (male and female) often sound like the same sour person. The best narrators read a story well while illuminating the material through their performance, but that didn't happen here.


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

    It's been made into a movie twice, so hopefully that will be enough!


    Any additional comments?

    Skip it.

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    Gregg Smyrna, GA, United States 11-16-12
    Gregg Smyrna, GA, United States 11-16-12 Member Since 2013

    Nearly 1200 titles.

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    "Too marvelous for words"

    Wonderful writing. Unbreathably articulate. Some of the best delineation of God, man and that chasm. I only wish I had yet to listen so I could begin again.

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    Julie San Diego, CA, United States 11-13-12
    Julie San Diego, CA, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Graham Greene & Colin Firth, a must listen to!"

    Greene is really a superb writer and you can you hear just how great he is in Colin Firth's absolutely riveting narration, full of pathos, bitterness, and love. I wish Firth had played Bendrix in the movie version.

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    Amma Louisa, Kentucky USA 11-09-12
    Amma Louisa, Kentucky USA 11-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Don't Bother"
    What disappointed you about The End of the Affair?

    The story was so depressing. Felt I had wasted not only time buy money on this book. I cannot imagine why it is one of Colin's favorites.


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

    Needed a total rewrite....two old men....living at the end in the same house comforting one another for a space over the love of the same women that they both loved and lost. I hated that they killed her off....and she ends of cremated without a burial of her faith. I did not like the comments via the main characters lack of beliefs. It was empty, blank and grim.


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

    He did a good job with all of his characters. So few had any redeeming values but were so cynical.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not for me. Suppose if you have a glum look on life and are anti faith it might appeal to you.


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    Suzanne san antonio, TX, United States 11-06-12
    Suzanne san antonio, TX, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "More books narrated by Colin Firth, please."
    If you could sum up The End of the Affair in three words, what would they be?

    A compelling story of the heart from hate & jealousy to love. Graham Greene is always startling in the way his stories twist and turn.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Morris, the protagonist. He is brutally honest with himself and the nature of his struggle.


    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    Beautifully read. I hope he does more. A good narrator makes all the difference in a story. I have listened to a number of books that were nearly ruined by the narrator whose false notes intrude on the story.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    More books read by Colin Firth, please.

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    Judy Bee 11-05-12
    Judy Bee 11-05-12

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    "End it already!"
    Would you try another book from Graham Greene and/or Colin Firth?

    Not by Graham Greene but definitely from Colin Firth. Firth has a wonderful reading voice but the material was so slow that it was a sure cure for insomnia.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Graham Greene again?

    Nope


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

    The PI's son.


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

    Everything after the air raid.


    Any additional comments?

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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