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Publisher's Summary

Earphones Award Winner (AudioFile Magazine)

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.

Critic Reviews

"The smooth and convincing intimacy of Colin Firth's narration brings listeners quickly into dreary, cold post-war London. One of Greene's famous Catholic novels focuses on three characters—Brendrix, a novelist; his former lover; and her husband, a civil servant. Firth makes an emotional commitment to the story, and listeners do as well. The powerful introspection, the force of emotion, and even the melodrama are made real. Firth's full understanding of the text and ability to render the balance and meaning of each sentence allow listeners to admire Greene's elegant writing. The keen-eyed observations of realistic details—weather, war-damaged buildings, household effects—are contrasted with the theology and clash of emotions. Firth never misses a beat. Firth's celebrity may draw new listeners, and none will be disappointed by this powerful audiobook." (AudioFile)

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Profound.

I liked the book, although it made me feel a little melancholy. It wasn't sad exactly, but definitely not a feel-good read. Performance was excellent.

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Fabulous performance of a classic book

This reading was an incredible one-man reader's theatre performance of a splendid work of literature. Mr. Firth's performance showed incredible depth and complexity in presenting a consistent and intriguing ensemble of sympathetic characters. The highly nuanced interpretation of the text was as compelling as the story itself. Looking forward to the another work in the partnership of Audible and Mr. Firth.

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colin rocks it but the story bored me to death

it seems so very self absorbed....waste of time and money...sorry classics lovers...just could not get into it!

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Narration perfection!

Thank you Colin Firth - I got lost in this book totally, thanks to you. Truthfully though, I could have done without the last couple of chapters - it dragged on there - but the narration! Find him even a phone book to read and I'll buy it!

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  • ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States
  • 03-19-15

Too Cynical

Would you consider the audio edition of The End of the Affair to be better than the print version?

I never read the print version.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting aspect was the philosophical treatment of the often twin emotions of love and hate, atheism and faith, divorce and marriage, etc. There was a lot to choose from. The least interesting was the main character's self-absorption.

Which scene was your favorite?

No favorite scene.

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

Sorry, nope.

Any additional comments?

I wasn't impressed with this book, yet I thought Firth's performance was very solid. Frankly wasn't sure I could finish it, mainly because the perpetual inner conflicts screamed, "Its all about me.'' It got old, to be candid.

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Forget 50 Shades-This is a Sexy Story

I love Graham Greene, but had missed this one. His insights into love, sex, jealousy and mourning are profound. This is an enthralling listen and an ideal antidote to the pathetic sentences that pass for writing in the book mentioned above.

At times I wished Colin Firth's pace was a tiny bit livelier, but think you could also make the case that he does a remarkable job of guiding you through the novel without getting in its way. A real treat.

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Better than most movies with you will ever see

Lovely story, even lovelier reading. Wish there were more books read by Colin Firth because it was the best reading I have heard of any book in ages.

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Reveals complexity of love and belief

Beautifully performed by Colon Firth Greene's great book became a tour de force of intellectual angst. Greene's powerful writing of ideas wrapped around and into a compelling story inspired my painting while listening.

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Lovely voice

The only reason I've chosen this story for my first audiobook is Firth. I just started listening, but I've already fell in love with his voice and the story.

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The Things I Do for Colin Firth

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Honestly, I got this just because Colin Firth was narrating. I read The End of the Affair many years ago in school and didn't recall particularly enjoying it. The narration is divine, but I can't say that I particularly like the story itself. I really just didn't care about the characters or what happened to them.