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."
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The characters weren't very sympathetic, and there wasn't all that much of a plot exactly, just inner thought. Moreover, the religious angle was clearly Greene justifying his conversion to Catholicism in a heavy-handed, awkward manner. Colin Firth's narration was excellent, but couldn't "save" this one.
Good lord, the main character is so self absorbed and filled with such jealousy that he can't get out of his own way. If you are not a jealous person you will have nothing to relate to.
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.
No. Terrible story. Depressing. Endless. Furtive. Guilt-ridden. Joyless.
No. He was talking a nap while pretending to read this. Snore.....
The man. The woman. The husband. I'd keep the detective and little boy.
Just goes to show you you can not depend on reviews. Total waste of time to read them or write them.
Graham Greene, not a chance
The characters he created were not worth creating
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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.
It's a great book, but the narration was among the worst I've ever heard. Can't imagine who would enjoy it.
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.
Not sure.. It is kind of sad, slow and boring.
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...
no follow up please.
Ce n'est pas grave!
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.
Linda Williams Standridge
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...
Have a more organized book, and stick with the original premise of the book.
An English accent helps, since the story takes place in England at a rather stuffy time.
Book WAY overrated.
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.
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.
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