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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Depressing love story
There was nothing pat about this love story. Author very conflicted about love affair and his anger at the Catholic Church. The author based this book on his own love affair and was a Catholic.
In my opinion what makes Colin Firth such a good actor is that he treats each role as unique. I am under the impression this is the first audio book he has done and I think he prepared for his role and did a very good job. His voices were subtle but different. I listen to books as I swim. There were times when I was so depressed by the book that I got out of the pool early and there were other times when I was very glad I was swimming laps and no one could see me crying.
To me a good book is one that can move the reader (or listener) to anger or tears or any other emotion, and Mr. Firth has enabled the listener to do this.
God no, too depressing.
If you are looking for a feel good story, look elsewhere.
Colin Firth is a perfect match for the narrator and main character. Firth is an easily imagined embodiment of the self-centered novelist Maurice Bendrix, but he winningly takes on the voices of Sarah and Henry Miles, and Albert Parkis with equal skill and emotion.
The novel is efficiently written, smoothly transitioning between the present and remembered past, with Sarah's journal serving to provide a glimpse inside her thoughts, desires and motivations. There are many interesting twists and turns along the way. A subtext of discussion of religion, humanity, god and church provides further opportunity for thoughtful reflection. A wonderful book and enjoyable performance.
Colin Firth! There is no better and he completely adds to the tone of the story. The story itself is intriguing until it gets to the motivations of the object of the affair. That part seems unrealistic, bordering on silly.
Cannot say, I have only listened to this story.
In our hours of pain and grief, we all want to believe.
The man with the son, who did the investigating. He demonstrated human frailties & love.
I enjoyed this read & the voices.
This is a fascinating, though very unusual, story, beautifully read by Colin Firth. Not everyone's cup of tea, with serious questions about love, hate, god, life and death. Thought provoking.
Graham Greene is a master at this sort of tale, told from the thoughts of the protagonist, and Firth made it all seem very real. My wife loved it, too.
Some, but not all - probably not my Catholic friends, and certainly not to the ones who read popular novels and such.
He reads it perfectly, separating the characters without to much of a voice change; reads with appropriate emotion without being histrionic. Very believable.
Tough film to make, and certainly wouldn't be commercial. Can't say, really.
Yes, it was very enjoyable
The relationship formed between the two men towards the end of the story
Loved listening to Colin Firth as narrator. He is clear, and his voice is so pleasant.
No extreme reaction to this book
I never read the book. I only listened to the audio edition.
I liked it very much. No surprises, just as I would have expected. Very satisfying.
Sarah and Henry
This is a wonderful example of why I love Audible so much. The End of the Affair is the kind of book, which if I were reading, might not offer enough zip to keep me reading. However the artistic effect of Colin Firth's performance keeps you coming back for more. The book is a literary classic and I am glad I had the chance to hear it.
I read this book several years ago for book club and found the main character unlikable enough that I was not that impressed overall. The story is depressing in many ways and I found it difficult to get through, but would not change the story because this was this character's story and it needed to be told like this.
The amazing reading by Colin Firth. This man's performance, and I definitely think it deserves the word "performance", is spellbinding and made the book so much better than when I "read" it the first time.
Everything. The man's voice is amazing. With just slight variations in tone and dialect he made each character easy to distinguish and come alive. He didn't just "read" the book - he very subtlely acted it. He should read as many books as you can get him to do.
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Probably, because Colin Firth was great. But I haven't read it yet.
I didn't like the ending very much. It was rather disappointing. So I probably will not try another.
Lost Way to Heaven
I want to commend that your audio books are an excellent way to learn English. You might want to target at huge number of English learners in Japan. By the way I love Jane Austen and I've purchased many of her books, which I might be able to write a better review of.
Engrossing, nuanced, intimate
Maurice was my favorite character because he candidly revealed so many darkly contradictory sides of human nature.
This is Firth's first audible performance and I selected this book because I read an interview in which he described the challenges of doing this sort of work. He said he didn't want to overact the individual characters; he succeeded in making effectively subtle differentiations without slipping into parody or caricature. I would jump at the chance to hear more of his performances.
Since the novel was set more than 60 years ago, I would go to dinner with Maurice and ask him how his perspective about God evolved in the intervening years.
I have recommended this audiobook to several friends.
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