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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I listen to audiobooks on my drive to work, so when I saw that Colin Firth read this, I was thrilled.
That said, the story was not worth the listen. The protagonist's struggle with love vs lust vs hate seemed convoluted and contrary to any Judeo-Christian moral code. I was mainly left with a sense of pity. I do not mean to pass judgement, but the existence was so bleak there didn't seem to be a reason for the book.
I enjoyed the way the author worked around so many moral values in this novel. Thought provoking in terms of right, wrong, love, devotion, God, and humanity. The setting was perfect for this story and the passion was moving. I will probably listen to this again some time to get the full value of the story.
I would likely not have picked up the printed version. I got the audio because of the narrator and the award.
The private detective and his son. They were, I felt, the most genuine people.
I felt he gave real depth to the reading, maintained consistency in all the characters and colored the scenes appropriately - they were not all dark, nor all light.
When the private detective returned the book. I was afraid his son had died and was so very relieved that he had recovered and how.
I just look forward to more books read by Mr. Firth. Please publish more soon!!
The narrator was okay, but I didn't like the story. I guess it was probably well written, but it was not a good, funny, sad, happy, thought provoking story. It was a downer. I am a Christian and a believer, but even that part of this story left me shaking my head. Maybe I just didn't get it.
I have just downloaded The Caine Mutiny. I do like "classics". I have never read this one, but I loved Winds of War and War and Remembrance.
Only Sarah and she not so much.
Perhaps the best.
It's... heart-wrenching, but so well written.
Can't say how much I love it.
I didn't understand it. To rambling.
didn't like it at all....listened for five minutes..enough.
Reading has been my mental escape. You can go anywhere, anytime, in your mind
Was there truly an "end to the affair"? we all experience the life we have, and the life we wish we had. Loyalties don't always serve oneself. I like this book for all the right and the wrong reasons. One can be content with their actual choice, and ambivalent about the one they could/would have made had the circumstance been different
Sarah, she has some tough choices to make. Friendship for a lifetime or passion for a fleeting moment.
no, but he is an amazing reader!
Sarah's loyalty was admirable in that she respected Henry more than she desired to make herself happy...She knew what she had with Henry, Bendricks was ambiguous in his choices.
To know one is desired by more than one person? Priceless!
What disappoints me the most is how so many people can give this a high rating let alone anoint it "Audiobook of the year." There is literally no new take on the subject matter and no new insight being offered. And as far as the listening experience goes, it is akin to having a rash that starts out small and then takes over one's entire body. The fact that so many people can derive any sort of pleasure from such a long painful flow of misery that does nothing but get worse and more painful as the story goes on disturbs me in terms of what it says about people. This book/audiobook is the highbrow equivalent to staring at road side car wrecks.
I would absolutely recommend it, and I have. Like so many reviewers have mentioned, Colin Firth's performance of this work is stellar, and complements the novel itself well. His reading is powerful and evocative, and really captures the nuance and lyricism of the work.
This is the first Graham Greene novel I've read, and I absolutely loved it.
Even though it's set in pre-war, wartime and post-war London, from around 1939 to 1946, its themes and the struggles of its all too human characters are timeless. It is a beautiful meditation on love, hate, reason, faith, spirituality and human potential. It's wonderfully written, and I was taken aback more than once by the force of its simply stated truths. I don't know that I fully agree with everything Greene seems to be saying in the work, but I enjoyed it immensely nonetheless.
Colin Firth's narration is extremely evocative, without being at all overwrought. His performance is nigh perfect, and contributes to the lyricism and power of the book.
No. Even though it's a short work, and I really enjoyed it--in fact, because I really enjoyed it--I wanted to take the time required to really take it in and appreciate it. I listened over a period of about three days.
I'll be reading more Graham Greene, and I would listen to anything else Colin Firth narrated as well.
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