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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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    Smartypants 03-22-13
    Smartypants 03-22-13

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    Would you listen to The End of the Affair again? Why?

    Yes. It was an intriguing albeit depressing story


    What did you like best about this story?

    The passion of the protagonist.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was very good, however Colin Firth whistles frequently in his speech and it really hurt my ears. This is something that should have been addressed through engineering prior to releasing it


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

    The husband. I would like to know why he just looked the other way and why he didn't value his role as a husband.


    Any additional comments?

    The whistling was such an uncomfortable experience that I would not really recommend this recording unless this has been eliminated.

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    Janet Burkhart Orrville, Ohio United States 03-18-13
    Janet Burkhart Orrville, Ohio United States 03-18-13
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    "why hadn't I heard of this book before?"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The End of the Affair?

    For me it was the layed back way Green placed faith into his interesting and unexpected plot line. Am recomending this to all my friends.


    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    I just love his voice.


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

    Actually the husband, because it was unexpected.


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    Sharon MERIDIAN, ID, United States 03-18-13
    Sharon MERIDIAN, ID, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Colin Firth is an awesome narrator"
    Would you listen to The End of the Affair again? Why?

    Probably not. I didn't connect with the characters nor did I really care what happened to them. I found them extremely selfish.


    If you’ve listened to books by Graham Greene before, how does this one compare?

    I've not read any others of his books.


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

    His tone and the emotion in his voice somehow made it more vivid. I could picture the events almost like watching a movie. He has a great voice. Very easy and pleasant to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, mainly because the characters irritated me.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this was a very well written story. The fact that the characters could have an impact on me emotionally, even though it was negative, is impressive writing. I don't regret listening to this story and will not shy away from this author.

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    Diana United States 03-16-13
    Diana United States 03-16-13

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    "Colin Firth is perfection !!!"
    If you could sum up The End of the Affair in three words, what would they be?

    Graham Greene writes beautifully.


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

    I leave the writing to the writers. I would change nothing.


    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    I love the sound of his voice. I also loved how he really did not try to change his voice to reflect all the characters; yet the slight changes he did make in his voice were very effective. I listened to this audio book in my car mostly driving back and forth from work. Somedays, I would sit in the garage after getting home just so I could listen to Colin Firth a little bit longer. I think I could listen to his voice all day long.


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

    I had a sort of sad revelation with the story. I am a widow whose husband died several years ago ..(sort of an end to an affair) and I realized that I too find myself in conflict with the existence of God. I was moved to tears by the last line (prayer) of the book "O God, You’ve done enough, You’ve robbed me of enough, I’m too tired and old to learn to love, leave me alone for ever.”


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    Florida lady Florida, USA 03-11-13
    Florida lady Florida, USA 03-11-13

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    "Colin...I'm in love"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of the Affair to be better than the print version?

    I did not read it. Only listened to audio. The story kept me glued to the kindle. Colin Firth is just dreamy to listen to.. And the story is very suspenseful. I empathized with him, I felt I could feel his character when he was jealous and resentful, he was able to bring that out in the nuances of his speech. It was a great first audiobook to listen to! Hope to find the next ones as exciting.


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

    As a male reader talking about a love affair, it just felt very first-hand. Of course his English accent is so elegant and succint that it is easy on the ears.


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    C. Cook 03-11-13
    C. Cook 03-11-13
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    "Great story line, takes too long to tell."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story line is unexpected; reveals a lot about human nature. Too much rambling though. HOWEVER, I'll listen to anything Colin Firth does. He really brings it to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it had too many long passages; I got restless. A couple of times I thought it was ending, and another turn of the "plot" happened.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderfully human story, too long for my taste.

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    Jane 03-09-13
    Jane 03-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Colin Firth is wonderful as a narrator."

    Colin Firth is right up there with Ralph Cosham. Cosham has narrated about 100 books, and so far I've only found one by Colin Firth. It was a bittersweet story with more introspection than plot, but Firth nailed it as far as I'm concerned. I wish he would do more.

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    Karen 03-04-13
    Karen 03-04-13
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    If you could sum up The End of the Affair in three words, what would they be?

    Wrenching, Beautiful, Probing


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't say there was a favorite scene, but I can say that Firth's reading allows you to hear Greene's powerful prose. I have loved this novel as a read because I could dwell on and re-read certain turns of phrase. Firth's performance adds dimension to the text, accentuates it. I found myself playing back moments just to hear the words again. Very moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Simply, I recommend this audiobook. Don't miss it. And please recruit Colin Firth for additional reads.

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    Barbra Mchenry FAYETTEVILLE, AR, US 02-27-13
    Barbra Mchenry FAYETTEVILLE, AR, US 02-27-13

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    "Rethink the meaning of love"

    Colin Firth brings the book to life - the characters are real and believable. The true meaning of love is painted on the canvas of jealousy and infidelity. As the truth unravels, two men find themselves connected by lost love -of the same woman. Depressing in the conclusion that love can be wasted, this book brings contemplation to what love really means...

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    Kimberley EUGENE, OR, United States 02-26-13
    Kimberley EUGENE, OR, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "New to Greene: Deep pleasure."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of the Affair to be better than the print version?

    Wonderful! Beautiful. Painful and poetic. Firth brought the story so vividly to life in my imagination that I can hear him and the pain of the three characters reverberating still. Greene and Firth make God live in the most real and tragic way.


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

    The pain in Firth's voice embodied the anguish of the narrator.


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