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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Beautiful narration by Colin Firth. Fell asleep to his voice a couple of times even. This is my first time listening to an audio book as well as to this story, and i must admit, it was a sensational experience! 5*!
Excellent in every department. Characters excellent, particularly Maurice and Sarah. Henry maybe a little stereotyped. Gritty and earthy struggles with believable emotions and managed to introduce a real spiritual struggle without resorting to clichés.
"Colin Firth sublime"
This was a wonderful story, made all the better by Colin Firth's sublime performance. His voice was like a caress and his delivery engaging - beautifully, beautifully read. More books narrated by Mr Firth please? I can't seem to find any but would be persuaded to try a book outside my comfort zone, so impressed was I (& no, I did not get wobbly knees over Mr Darcy - it's just that he REALLY IS GOOD!)
"An affair with no end"
This is one of Graham Greene's deeply serious, tortured Catholic novels, this one based on his own affair with a woman to whom he dedicated the novel. Published in 1951, filmed in the 50s, it's set towards the end of the Second World War. Maurice Bendrix is deeply in love with Sarah, the wife of a dull civil servant Henry Miles. Maurice is consumed with jealousy and is desperate for Sarah to leave Henry which her faith cannot allow her to do. So wild does his destructive jealousy become that Maurice has his lover followed, only to find that his 'living rival' is Christ. He is convinced that God has ruined his happiness, just as a harvester destroys a mouse and much of the novel is an analysis of this agony suffered not just by Maurice but also by Sarah who has to face even greater suffering as the story progresses. It's a novel which would not be published today - it is entirely of its time.What makes it such a stunning period piece is Colin Firth's narration. He draws us into the labyrinth of pain suffered by Maurice, Sarah and Henry, so much so that it is a relief to come out into the light when the novel ends.
I love this book. It is such a compelling story. It is beautifully written, the words are selected one by one like an artist chooses his colors and shapes. I will listen to it again. The narrator was impeccable. He let you dive in the story of every character so well, that even a simple breath can make you believe this is real. Just close your eyes and let him take to London 1945. A story of love, a story of hate, a story of love again. Believe...
"Where's the knife?"
Over six hours with very little happening. I didn't enjoy the story but as always listened to the end.
I'm surprised that it didn't end with Maurice topping himself.
I wouldn't recommend this book unless you are feeling strong.
I'm probably in the minority. Isn't this book a classic?
"Evocative and painstakingly honest."
I was surprised by the contemporary language and flawed honesty of this tale of passion and loss. Well observed human lives, with the thread of something mysterious, spiritual, emerging as it unraveled. Although Graham Greene was Catholic, and this story does bring in his faith, it is done intriguingly, allowing for many sides, be they atheist or religious to be expressed.
Colin Firth's familiar voice lived into all the different characters without them becoming caricatures.
A very enjoyable listen. I recommend.
"true too life"
great story that surpasses time, as it's a story that never changes no matter what year it is. and read brilliantly by Colin Firth.
"much better than the film"
The reading by Colin Firth was perfect. While not hiding the faults of the narrator he made him much more empathetic than on a simple reading of the book. And made the whole story more alive.
when he no longer hates the husband
when he discovers about the real treatment for the damaged face.
More narration by Colin Firth please
Such a warm, silky voice. Perfectly portrayed the misery of his character without ever seeming boring. Wonderfully conveyed other characters without cheesy impressions
Yes. I got through this really quickly.
No. It's quite a depressing story. I read this first at the age of 18, when I devoured everything Graham Greene.
Images of rain-swept London streets.
When he reads her diary.
The beautifully eloquent reading by Colin Firth really gives the book another dimension. I think Greene would approve!
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