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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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    Elizabeth México, Mexico 02-19-13
    Elizabeth México, Mexico 02-19-13
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    "You can feel the story thanks to Colin Firth"
    Which character – as performed by Colin Firth – was your favorite?

    Bendrix.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Colin Firth's voice. He is such a good narrator. I'll be happy to listening him again.

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    Margaret GUILFORD, CT, United States 02-19-13
    Margaret GUILFORD, CT, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This one is such a downer"
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    First, I could listen to Colin Firth read anything. Second, the book is by Graham Greene, a well-noted author--who must have had the most unfortunate experience in life! We've all had love affairs that have gone wrong, but this protagonist is the most negative, bitterest individual I've ever heard. I couldn't help wondering why anyone would get involved with him-- the book does offer several insights, I think, to a common human experience, and is worth listening to, but be prepared for the negativity!

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    Chelsea Lynn Fisher SEATTLE, WA, US 02-18-13
    Chelsea Lynn Fisher SEATTLE, WA, US 02-18-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Colin Firth is amazing!"

    Colin Firth adds the most beautiful touch to this incredibly intense and heart wrenching love story. I became completely obsessed with this book. A very quiet yet engaging novel.

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    Marilyn Belvidere, illinois, United States 02-11-13
    Marilyn Belvidere, illinois, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Love Colin Firth - Hate the Story"
    Would you try another book from Graham Greene and/or Colin Firth?

    The story was boring and stagnant, I just didn't sympathize with any of the characters. I bought it because of Colin Firth.


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

    Was so depressing, I knew inevitably it would be by the title but there didn't seem to be any happy moments. There didn't seem to even be a reason for the affair in the first place.


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

    I listened to it longer because of his voice, but I really couldn't make myself finish the story.


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

    I can't answer that.


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    Lisa 02-08-13
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    "I wish they gave Oscars for audiobooks"

    Colin Firth's performance was so perfectly matched to the material. There are wonderful talents in the book narration field, most of whom are anonymous to the broader world, but this particular performance with this particular dramatic work is the best I have encountered. I wish more actors would take on the challenge.

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    Judith BELLINGHAM, WA, United States 02-07-13
    Judith BELLINGHAM, WA, United States 02-07-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Just beautifully written"
    What made the experience of listening to The End of the Affair the most enjoyable?

    How sophisticated, clever and insightful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The writer


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the writer talks freely to the supposedly religious figure in the book


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

    It has an appropriate name


    Any additional comments?

    The book is short and very bittersweet.

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    William 01-30-13
    William 01-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautiful book read with feeling."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of the Affair to be better than the print version?

    Firth brings the story alive with such depth of feeling that it breaks your heart.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How beautiful the author makes the pain of the main characters come to life.


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    Comp Consultant 01-30-13
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    "Great book beautifully read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of the Affair to be better than the print version?

    Colin Firth's narration is outstanding


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

    Our Man in Havana. Both are good, but The End of the Affair is more thought provoking.


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

    No


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    LTinGA Gainesville, GA 01-29-13
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    "Pretty depressing"
    What disappointed you about The End of the Affair?

    I don't know. It just seemed to sort of drag on & on, and was majorly depressing. Probably just not my taste in books.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Graham Greene again?

    Maybe


    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    Colin Firth was PHENOMENAL


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    Rene GAINESVILLE, VA, United States 01-28-13
    Rene GAINESVILLE, VA, United States 01-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Music to my ears"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book was well written';' however, the story moved a little slow. I certainly enjoyed it and for me, it was time well spent.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Graham Greene? Why or why not?

    I would be happy to try another book of Graham Greene. He was able to take a simple story and make it more complex and interesting. I would like to see what else he has to offer.


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

    I have only watched Colin Firth's movies. I have listened to many audiobooks. Listening to Colin read this book was music to my ears. I do not believe that there is another male voice that could compare to his tone or ability.


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

    There is no inspiration in having an affair.


    Any additional comments?

    Colin Firth made this book worth listening to.

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