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The End of the Affair Audiobook

The End of the Affair

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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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    Sara Oslo, Norway 06-21-13
    Sara Oslo, Norway 06-21-13 Member Since 2015

    Possibly cute nerd, collector of hobbies

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    "Simple and beautiful"
    Would you listen to The End of the Affair again? Why?

    Absolutely! Anything to hear more of Colin Firth's voice. The writing was also beautiful though, and there were passages I really would like to hear again.


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

    I can't think of any specific books, but it actually reminds me of a lot of Norwegian books in that they tell simple stories like this. But the writing was exceptional and set it apart.


    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    He portrayed each character excellently with subtle differences in the way they spoke. He is also just very comfortable to listen to in general.


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    NightOwl 06-17-13
    NightOwl 06-17-13
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    "Great narration!...but uneventful."

    Collin Firth brought the characters to life and the author has a creative flair with a pen, but the book was so uneventful. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen, but the plot plodded along keeping me in depressed mode. A lot of book about, well...not much.

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    ZiggyZ 06-17-13
    ZiggyZ 06-17-13
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    "Colin Firth has ruined it for every other narrator"

    OMG I never want to listen to another audio book unless it is read by Colin Firth! Just amazing. He makes each character distinctive without resorting to phony accents or odd intonations. It is a wonderful book, but I would listen to Colin Firth read the phone book!

    After recently listening to a couple of excellent new novels (And the Mountains Echoed and The Orphan Master's Son) that were ruined, or nearly so, by heavy, inappropriate (the Greek characters in And the Mountains Echoed were read by a man with what sounded like a Slavic accent) or even made up (I'm convinced none of the readers of The Orphan Master's Son can possibly talk like that in real life) accents, listening to The End of the Affair is a stunning experience.

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    Tammi 06-14-13
    Tammi 06-14-13
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    "Good narration but a better movie"
    What did you like best about The End of the Affair? What did you like least?

    Colin Firth has a great voice and gave great narration. But the story is long and boring. The movie was better. It's not often that happens when books are made into movies.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Graham Greene again?

    No.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes.


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    Meryl CUMBERLAND CENTER, MAINE, US 06-14-13
    Meryl CUMBERLAND CENTER, MAINE, US 06-14-13 Member Since 2006
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    "It Didn't Take"

    "It Didn't Take". This line is a direct quote from this audiobook and the line is repeated several times. It stands out as one of the only effective sentences in the story. This describes how I felt about listening to The End of the Affair. I found it pathetic, dull and uninspiring. Character development? Each character was a suffering narcissist who never got out of his/her own way. Lots of interesting questions were asked, none were answered. My question is why did Colin Firth read this aloud?

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    Aricka San Diego, CA, United States 06-14-13
    Aricka San Diego, CA, United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The VERY BEST audiobook I've listened to."
    What did you love best about The End of the Affair?

    Greene writes beautifully about the murky waters of love and hate. You really feel for the main character (if you have ever known heartbreak and misery). Greene so articulately leads the reader through emotions that are hard for most people to even begin to put into words.


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

    I can't. It's one in a million. I would love to find another (audio)book like it.


    Any additional comments?

    Colin Firth narrates this masterfully. He really brings it to life... albeit a melancholy one.
    If I had simply read this book I'm quite sure I would have enjoyed it very much. But Firth brought it to a new level. I am totally in love with it.

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    Kerry LYNNWOOD, WA, United States 06-13-13
    Kerry LYNNWOOD, WA, United States 06-13-13

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    "Hated the story, LOVED the listen."

    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.

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    InsideADog 06-08-13
    InsideADog 06-08-13
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    "A Moving Story"

    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.

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    SDalziel 06-08-13
    SDalziel 06-08-13
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    "Thank you, Mr. Firth."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of the Affair to be better than the print version?

    I would likely not have picked up the printed version. I got the audio because of the narrator and the award.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The private detective and his son. They were, I felt, the most genuine people.


    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I just look forward to more books read by Mr. Firth. Please publish more soon!!

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    Leonard P. 06-08-13
    Leonard P. 06-08-13
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    "On this one, I disagree with the numbers."
    What did you like best about The End of the Affair? What did you like least?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Colin Firth – was your favorite?

    Only Sarah and she not so much.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


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