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The End of the Affair Audiobook
The End of the Affair
Written by: 
Graham Greene
Narrated by: 
Colin Firth
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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    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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    Carver Pittsburgh, PA, United States 06-08-13
    Carver Pittsburgh, PA, United States 06-08-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Fan. Freaking. Tastic."
    Where does The End of the Affair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Perhaps the best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's... heart-wrenching, but so well written.


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

    Can't. Spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't say how much I love it.

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    Ivy Gamon 06-07-13
    Ivy Gamon 06-07-13 Member Since 2015
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    "fell for the hype...didn't like."
    Would you try another book from Graham Greene and/or Colin Firth?

    No...


    What could Graham Greene have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I didn't understand it. To rambling.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Colin Firth?

    dunno.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    didn't like it at all....listened for five minutes..enough.


    Any additional comments?

    Please refund.

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    Adrienne 06-04-13
    Adrienne 06-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful reading"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was compelling, tragic, and beautifully performed. A top favorite for both story and performance.

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    Maria Flagstaff, AZ, United States 06-03-13
    Maria Flagstaff, AZ, United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2011

    Reading has been my mental escape. You can go anywhere, anytime, in your mind

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    "Wrong..but right"
    Where does The End of the Affair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sarah, she has some tough choices to make. Friendship for a lifetime or passion for a fleeting moment.


    Have you listened to any of Colin Firth’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no, but he is an amazing reader!


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    To know one is desired by more than one person? Priceless!

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    SCM San Francisco, CA 06-02-13
    SCM San Francisco, CA 06-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Dreary downward spiral"

    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.

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    Eli Harris San Antonio, TX 05-28-13
    Eli Harris San Antonio, TX 05-28-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautifully written, magnificently performed"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be reading more Graham Greene, and I would listen to anything else Colin Firth narrated as well.

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    Nik 05-26-13
    Nik 05-26-13 Member Since 2007

    Enjoying audiobooks daily!

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    "Depressing, but beautifully insane."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, because Colin Firth read it to me. He was the best part.


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

    I have not.


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

    All 3 main characters were well read and completely mental about each other.


    Do you think The End of the Affair needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. No it does not. The story was sooooo depressing and slightly mental.


    Any additional comments?

    I will not listen again. It's just too depressing.

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