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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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.
I chose this book primarily to hear Colin Firth's voice. Lovely to listen to...
Perhaps...short but not sweet.
Left me feeling as if I missed something...I listened to the last chapters again.
There did not seem to be much "meat" to the story. It did not appeal to me.
No. Not much to the story line.
No. But I love him as an actor.
that is questionable
The same subject keeps getting rehashed...I found it fairly boring. The reader colin firth is the reason I chose this book
In three words...beautiful, truthful, insightful.
I loved how Greene folded the inevitable human struggle w faith & the nature/strength of human emotions and needs, into a story that took my breath away. It provoked so much thought and emotion in me. I think I love Sarah as much as the men in the book. I love too much about this book to choose one thing.
I liked his performance. It wasnt great, and in fact, was a little dry. Esp at the beginning, but i got used to it. It was by no means a butcher job, though!
Sarah Miles. Her journal broke my heart.
I really liked how it showed that we cant ever judge people by their actions w/o knowing them. A different intent behind a single deed can make it into an atrocious sin, or a beautiful sacrifice.
The best thing about this listen is Colin Firth. He has a very pleasing voice and brings the characters to life. It's a joy of a listen. I hope he does more books.
However, it is typical Graham Greene. Don't get me wrong, Graham Greene is a great writer. He brings people and places to life in a way no other writer can. But as always with Greene, a character who was raised Catholic, but no longer believes, prays to God and a miracle occurs. The character then goes thru an inner struggle questioning who they are and what they believe. If you like reading struggles of faith, you will love this book.
I personally find the subject boring. I've read the struggle before in Greene's work and just can't invest in the character's dilemma even though I like them and want them to succeed.
Colin Firth was the best part. The story, the endless dithering and paralyzing angst were tedious. However, I might have thought differently when I was 15.
Not sure but it will not one in this genre for a while anyway. I hope Firth will narrate more in the future.
His voice, his inflection, his talent.
Not read another Greene book for a while.
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