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  • The End of the Affair

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Colin Firth
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,844
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,807

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Late to the Party...

  • By Doug - Audible on 07-05-17

Sad Story but Firth Makes It Worthwhile

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-14

This was my first Graham Greene novel and I'm so glad I listened to it with Firth narrating. The writing is beautiful, the story poignant, but overall a bit predictable. Still, Firth made it easy to listen to the end!

  • Learn French - Survival Phrases French, Volume 1: Lessons 1-30

  • Absolute Beginner French #29
  • By: Innovative Language Learning
  • Narrated by: FrenchPod101.com
  • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

Start speaking French in minutes, and grasp the language, culture and customs in just minutes more with Survival Phrases - French, a completely new way to learn Basic French fast! Survival Phrases - French, will have you speaking with proper pronunciation from the very first lesson and prepare you with cultural insight, travel tips and other information to utterly shock and amaze your friends and family, travel companions and people you meet along the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Firstsnow on 02-23-12

Good information but ridiculous format!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-21-12

As I am leaving for my first trip to Paris in 4 days, it was helpful to have a "Survival" guide. The information and tips are extremely useful and I'm sure I'll use all of them. The instructor's voice, however, left something to be desired as he sounds like he has a bad cold. Add to that, at the end of each "very short" lesson, too much time is wasted explaining the exact same instructions on reviewing what was just learned. Not sure who's decision is was to include this each and every time (It's identical!) but not only was it annoying, it took away from the lessons in my opinion.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

  • By: Aimee Bender
  • Narrated by: Aimee Bender
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 494
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 234

On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents' attention, bites into her mother's homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother's emotions in the cake. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother - her cheerful, good-with-crafts, can-do mother - tastes of despair and desperation.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Going to Read the Actual Book

  • By Victoria on 07-11-10

The Particular Sadness of Bad Writing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-10

Yes, the narration if horrible, but I am mostly disappointed in a story that went absolutely nowhere and takes 8 hours to do it. Imagine being stuck on a detour that loops in circles with no scenic stimulation all day! We are led by characters with no depth and as far as I can tell, no redeeming qualities. I didn't care about anyone. Bender's hook was great and as such, obviously her agent and publisher believed it was enough. Too bad so many trees were killed to make this a "bestseller." I'm glad at least my misery was an easily deletable download.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Lacuna

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 19 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,260
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 699
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 703

Born in the United States, but reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd finds precarious shelter but no sense of home on his thrilling odyssey. Life is whatever he learns from housekeepers and, one fateful day, by mixing plaster for famed muralist Diego Rivera. When he goes to work for Rivera, his wife, exotic artist Kahlo, and exiled leader Lev Trotsky, Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get past it

  • By Christine on 12-02-09

Great Book - Horrible Narrative!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-09

I've read other Kingsolver works and have always admired her style and attention to detail but I will NEVER purchase an audiobook with her vocal depiction. She is dry, grating and turns what would otherwise be a fine piece of fiction into a boring punishment. I can't imagine why any professional would choose her, especially when there are so many talented actor/voice over candidates out there, unless it was a completely self-indulgent decision on her part. Hopefully she will bask in her literary success and leave the audio to the actors!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful