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Michael Kitchen's narration conveys the soul of Graham Greene's literary voice -- a great compliment. I've rarely been so "drawn in" by a reading. I am a long-time fan of Graham Greene's work and grateful to Kitchen for new insight into "The End of the Affair." Bravo!
Graham Greene was a brilliant literary novelist.
This novel, to my opinion, is not his best.
The plot is interesting, beautifully- melancholic, and it's obvious that Greene put his soul into it.
However, as soon as i got into the story, the theme became very religious, almost missionary (Catholic).
I didn't mind the religious elements as long as they came from a personal point of view, especially since, some of the themes were thought provoking and touching, but in a way i was left under the impression - the missionary text took over the story, overshadowed the literary value of the whole and gave the final word.
Graham Greene is a wonderful listen even when not at his best. The first half of the book promises more than the second half delivers. An earlier reviewer 'Vered' described exactly what I felt about this book; the religous issues are clearly something that the author was wrestling with, but they overpower the story in the end. The narrator does a good job.
I loved the way all of the characters emotions were disseted,it wasn't a romance as such but a studyof love and hate set aginst a background of stiff Bristish mores.
When Maurice and Sarah were making love in her drawing room on the lounge, and her pleasure was audible,maurice afraid her husband who was ill upstairs would hear her cries of passion,she replies that he would not recognise the sound.It was sad.
In the church, when Maurice had stalked Sarah after their breakup. She was so ill she had fallen asleep on his shoulder,he was under the impression they would go away together,she was actually dying and too exhausted to deny his wish.
The woman who loved.
This was quite a sad book,two people who were almost happy,circumstances were against their union.
I bought this book captivated by the title. Isnt it an engaging title : as if something ominous is about to happen at "The end of the Affair".
It is the first Graham Greene that I have 'listened' to, having read him before and I must say that Greene agrees well to the audio book format. Especially this story with only a few characters and a simple plot. It is not the best Greene for me (that would be The Quiet American) but it is engaging with its soap opera style telling of an extra marital affair. The narration is clear and doesnt distract you from the story - which is how good narrations should be.
Having never read any of Greene's novels, I was immediately engrossed in the journey he took me on in The End of the Affair. I shall be reading more of his works very soon.
I can honestly say that I felt completely immersed in the main character's mind and thoughts, his emotions and observations. The struggle betwixt God's existence and his desire to love and hate was captivating and took me on his journey with him.
Kitchen's narration was EVERYTHING in this 'listen'. His inflections of each emotion were perfectly read and delivered. One would have thought that Greene was actually doing the read!
I wouldn't rename it!!!
Can't wait to read the next one!
I love the story, but I thought the narrator was Colin Firth. I was so disappointed that it was Michael Kitchen, I could not listen to the whole book. In hindsight, perhaps I should have checked that it was a different narrator than advertized on the Facebook sidebar add. I cancelled my subscription, and unfortunately am leary about buying an audible book. It was free, but I would have hated to have wasted my money on the wrong version. All and all you have lost a potential customer.
This is not a critizism of Michael Kitchen.
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