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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Graham Greene writes beautifully.
I leave the writing to the writers. I would change nothing.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wonderfully human story, too long for my taste.
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.
Wrenching, Beautiful, Probing
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.
Simply, I recommend this audiobook. Don't miss it. And please recruit Colin Firth for additional reads.
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...
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.
The pain in Firth's voice embodied the anguish of the narrator.
surprising how it wrapped me in the story and held me.
none, it is rare I pick up a random book that just absorbs me
the reason I picked the book up to begin with and was not disappointed, not by the narration or by the story, though perhaps it was how he told the story.
grab it, read it, it is well worth it.
The story was smartly written. It transports you back in time. The choice of Colin Firth as narrator was a brilliant choice. He was able to handily career the complexities and nuances of the storyline and character dialog.
I was relieved; but thought, unlike the rest of the book, this part happened too quickly.
First time he meets Smythe in person, in his living room, when he has the boy with him.
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