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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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    notamatopoeia 02-19-15
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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.

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    Richard Lockport, NY, United States 02-17-15
    Richard Lockport, NY, United States 02-17-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Great use of language, excellent performance"

    Graham Greene excels in the use of the language, creating a beautiful flow which is enhanced by Colin Firth's presentation. The story line shows promise from the start, but about 3/4 of the way through dies a miserable death devolving into a long winded and boring religious diatribe.
    I was disappointed with the last part of the book, thought it could have been better.

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    Sharon Pittaway 02-10-15
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    "Loved it"

    Colin Firth's reading was exceptional; it brought the book to life for me. I was enthralled. Great story; wonderful reading.

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    Reviews by Rachel 02-09-15
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    "Superb narration of an engaging story"
    What did you love best about The End of the Affair?

    The narration, and how true the story felt on an emotional level


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bendrix and Henry. One you empathize with, one you feel sorry for.


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

    All excellent, in my opinion. The strength of the narration isn't in the wildly different characters' voices, but in the proper emotion and sense of character delivered to each


    If you could take any character from The End of the Affair out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Bendrix, as I've listened to him rant and mourn for five hours already, and wouldn't mind another few


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    Simon Fraser NYC 02-06-15
    Simon Fraser NYC 02-06-15 Member Since 2017

    Draws comics

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    "A Somewhat Bleak Read"

    This is certainly a clever and insightful piece of writing on the emotional dynamics of love and infidelity. It's also rather dismal to live inside the protagonists head for the length of the book. Colin Firth is an inspired choice as reader, he portrays characters of that social class and period with precision and bone dry wit. One can't escape the prevailing sense of doom and sadness though.

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    perspective 01-25-15
    perspective 01-25-15 Member Since 2017
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    "A Beautiful tragedy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is so beautifully written and read. The protagonist is one that you like and hate at the same time and it brings in to question one's beliefs and attitudes within society.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Narrator tells the story and is the character who is involved, the perspective is biased and possibly unreliable but he captures his feelings with a melancholic, selfish beauty.


    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    He is an excellent performer and his voice is perfect for the protagonist.


    If you could take any character from The End of the Affair out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Any, they are all incredibly complex characters.


    Any additional comments?

    It left me astounded and moved. It is an exceptionally good look at human nature and of course the great theme of 'love'.

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    Gladys L. Yates 01-19-15
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    "Just not for me"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I listen to audible books when I drive, This one did not hold my attention.


    What was most disappointing about Graham Greene’s story?

    I did not even listen to all of it, so I am not certain. It just did not grab me.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Colin Firth’s performances?

    Probably not.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disinterest.


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    Lauren C. 01-13-15
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    "Perfect narration, wonderfully entertaining story"

    Colin Firth's performance was better than I even hoped for! The story is compelling and beautifully told. I highly recommend it.

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    Jean 01-12-15
    Jean 01-12-15
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    "Depressing story"

    This wasn't a book for me. I couldn't relate to the characters. I couldn't get into the story. I did like Colin's reading. Glad I listened.

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    Richard 01-04-15
    Richard 01-04-15
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    "Rainy, claustrophobic, guilt soaked..."

    ...but fun. Odd-ish story, but thoroughly enjoyable for aging Anglophiles. Not quite typical subject matter for Greene. Colin Firth absolutely perfect.

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