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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 06-19-13
    Susan 06-19-13
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    "Gack! This was horrid. Terrible story."
    What disappointed you about The End of the Affair?

    This is the only the second time I have ever done a review and I read 90 books a year. But I had to weigh in. I got sucked into this to somnolent story by the over the top glowing, wonderful reviews. And I can only conclude y'all are nuts.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Graham Greene again?

    No. Terrible story. Depressing. Endless. Furtive. Guilt-ridden. Joyless.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Colin Firth?

    No. He was talking a nap while pretending to read this. Snore.....


    What character would you cut from The End of the Affair?

    The man. The woman. The husband. I'd keep the detective and little boy.


    Any additional comments?

    Just goes to show you you can not depend on reviews. Total waste of time to read them or write them.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janet&Greg Huntington Beach, CA, United States 06-14-13
    Janet&Greg Huntington Beach, CA, United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Excuse me"
    Would you try another book from Graham Greene and/or Colin Firth?

    Graham Greene, not a chance


    What was most disappointing about Graham Greene’s story?

    The characters he created were not worth creating


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

    Write this review


    Any additional comments?

    Sarah writes Henry a letter, Henry comes home and she tears up the letter. She tears it up into little pieces so no one can put it back together. The problem is....who would want to know what she wrote.

    Henry at the top of the last hour of this book says: "it won't make a difference to a single soul." That pretty much sums up the entire boring threesome and the story.

    It was written in 1951 I believe, so perhaps that the style of writing back then.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katharine 06-02-13
    Katharine 06-02-13
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    "so disappointing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It's a great book, but the narration was among the worst I've ever heard. Can't imagine who would enjoy it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Colin Firth?

    I always like George Guidall best, but also Simon Preeble and Simon Vance are excellent. I think Colin Firth is wonderful actor. But he really was almost impossible to listen to.


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    Deborah L Chiang Congers, NY, US 03-01-13
    Deborah L Chiang Congers, NY, US 03-01-13
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    "It is a story about war and sadness"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not sure.. It is kind of sad, slow and boring.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    not sure...perhaps the people who loves each other can be brave enough to let others know of their love for each other. The woman died needlessly without knowing her own health condition...


    Do you think The End of the Affair needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no follow up please.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisbeth Louisville, KY, United States 08-27-12
    Lisbeth Louisville, KY, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2011

    Ce n'est pas grave!

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    "So end it already..."

    This is a sad story of two people who, for lots of reasons, couldn't be together. End of story. But after the melodramatic death of one of the main characters, the continuation of confusing character twists was distracting and somewhat unnecessary.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

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    Julia 08-14-12
    Julia 08-14-12
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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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