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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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    Katherine 01-13-13
    Katherine 01-13-13
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    "The Incomparable Colin Firth"

    Brilliantly narrated, this novel by Graham Greene is achingly beautiful. Never concescending to the reader and never formulaic. I felt transported to the time and place. Firth has set a high bar on narration which can make or break an audiobook.

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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 01-01-13
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 01-01-13 Member Since 2015

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

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    "Colin Firth enhances story"

    Colin Firth could read the yellow pages to me and they would be riveting. The narrator aside, the story is interesting as it explores the relationships between friends, lovers, and spouses. It is a beautifully told story that develops the depth of the relationships. You feel for each person in the story, and want what is best for each of them, even when what is best for one conflicts with what is best for another.

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    T. C. Pile Millwood, NY 12-31-12
    T. C. Pile Millwood, NY 12-31-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Meh"

    Too bad. Maybe because I had never before read the Graham Greene classic, maybe because a high-profile narrator creates a high level of expectation, I felt somewhat let down. It's hard to sympathize with a protagonist as self-absorbed as Bendricks, even when the character is delivered by such a skilled interpreter.

    Nobody wins in this book. Maybe that's the real world to many readers, but not me.

    Graham Greene = depressing.

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    conijohn 12-28-12
    conijohn 12-28-12
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you want to sleep... and are listening on the audible app... set the timer for 15 minutes and you will be out before it stops! Boring... Sad and not worth the OCD in me to go to the end... waste of time.


    What was most disappointing about Graham Greene’s story?

    Redundancy.... and never really clear whose point of view you were listening to...


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Character distinction... was in lack... they all sound alike and drab


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

    Smithe


    Any additional comments?

    Oh well... grateful it was just 6 hours

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    Kindle Customer CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, United States 12-23-12
    Kindle Customer CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Bleh"

    Maybe I don't like Graham Greene after all. Depressing.... couldn't finish it. Mr Firth did a good job narrating, but the book just keeps saying the same thing over and over in different ways. Too bad I really wanted to like this.

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    Yolanda 12-19-12
    Yolanda 12-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The self discovery of love at many levels."
    Would you listen to The End of the Affair again? Why?

    Yes! Bendrix is a complicated character. Even as he views himself as a hater, his discovery of love and compassion is profound. Must listen to again!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The End of the Affair?

    When Bendrix admits that he too must love Henry.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Bendrix outrage toward the priest was my favorite scene. It was a turning point in the story.


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

    Bendrix would serve as an interesting dinner companion. A conversation with him would be most exciting.


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    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 12-11-12
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Interesting But Not What I Expected!"
    What made the experience of listening to The End of the Affair the most enjoyable?

    I bought this book because it was read by Colin Firth. He did not disappoint. The story was complicated and on the dark side. I had not read any books by this author so I never saw the ending coming. I will have to listen to the book again because it is all about character development and good over evil.

    I enjoyed the book because of the complexity of the relationships. This was a book that made you think about your relationships and made you want to shake the main character into reasonableness.

    I guess the thing that made it most enjoyable was Colin Firth's voice.


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

    Probably not. Because it is a dark story and doesn't have a particularly happy ending.


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

    He brings the characters to life. The way he reads the dialogue makes the reader think the characters are real. I find that I prefer audible books to text books.


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

    Sarah was most memorable because of her conflict between physical love for her lover and her love for her church. Even though she was dead throughout the novel, the flashbacks made her seem alive.


    Any additional comments?

    I had not read any of Graham Greene's novels so was unprepared for the depth of his writing style. I am glad I got to know his through audible. I'm afraid the text book may have been too deep.

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    Andrea West Sacramento, CA, United States 12-11-12
    Andrea West Sacramento, CA, United States 12-11-12
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    "mesmerizing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I listened to this on a long drive, and did not want to get out of the car until it was done. Colin Firth's voice was wonderful, and gave the story life, I felt like he was telling his story. Absolutely wonderful.


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    Maeve Lewisville, TX, United States 12-11-12
    Maeve Lewisville, TX, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2015

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    "A meditation on love and loss"
    What did you love best about The End of the Affair?

    The complex and possibly unreliable narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The End of the Affair?

    The reveal. I don't want to spoil it, but it all makes sense in the end.


    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    He has a wonderful voice and was incredibly convincing as the narrator.


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

    Bendrix, the narrator is the one whom we understand best. We don't really get to know Sarah, his love. She is more of a phantom, a memory.


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    Patricia San Diego, CA, United States 12-09-12
    Patricia San Diego, CA, United States 12-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Powerful reading of a classic Graham Greene novel"
    What made the experience of listening to The End of the Affair the most enjoyable?

    Colin Firth as the narrator was magnificient - no fancy accents, just beautiful reading. I could listen to almost anything he reads. I had not read Graham Greene in 30-40 years and had never read this one so it was a surprise and very enjoyable. Greene is tortured by his Catholicism - a love/hate relationship - and it is the undercurrent in all his novels. Be prepared for that. But this was an intriguing novel.


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

    Other Greene books, of course, where he struggles with his classic confrontation between belief/non-belief. Also other English Catholics struggling with the same issues - like Evelyn Waugh (Brideshead Revisited).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes between the narrator and the husband of his lover.


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

    I listened to it on my walks and I walked much further because I wanted to keep listening to find out what would happen.


    Any additional comments?

    A classic - worth the listen.

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