We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The End of the Affair Audiobook

The End of the Affair

Regular Price:$19.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Audible Editor Reviews

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.

Related Videos

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (5729 )
5 star
 (2661)
4 star
 (1733)
3 star
 (855)
2 star
 (307)
1 star
 (173)
Overall
3.9 (5238 )
5 star
 (2080)
4 star
 (1606)
3 star
 (989)
2 star
 (333)
1 star
 (230)
Story
4.7 (5274 )
5 star
 (4133)
4 star
 (742)
3 star
 (255)
2 star
 (80)
1 star
 (64)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    weaver-reader 07-13-14

    Say something about yourself!

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Perfect Match of Styles"

    It was not possible to detect a moment when Mr. Firth's performance was not in complete harmony with the author's style. A truly compelling listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Valerie Wieskamp 06-02-14 Member Since 2017

    vwies

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "We Need More Novels Narrated by Colin Firth!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The End of the Affair?

    There were many. And many have spoilers. But I'd say rather than "moments" standing out, it was the relationships between the characters that really stood out to me. Greene does a fantastic job of showing who people are and exploring the complexity of human emotion in the spaces and connections between his characters. So from those... there is something really sweet that develops between the somewhat awkward relationship that develops between Bendix and the private investigator.


    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    Some audiobooks are just read so well I couldn't imagine any other person reading the novel, or even liking the novel as well if I read it on paper. This is one of those. Firth is nothing short of amazing. I laughed, I wept like a baby, the story came alive through his narration. And, his sexy English accent is like icing on that cake.


    Any additional comments?

    Stop what you are doing and buy this audiobook right now. It won audiobook of the year in 2013 for a very good reason.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dana Papalia MCALESTER, OK, US 05-22-14
    Dana Papalia MCALESTER, OK, US 05-22-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    45
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Exceptional!!"
    What did you love best about The End of the Affair?

    Such a good book! So passionate and unpredictable! And so uplifting, but at the same time so tragic. This book made me happy and sad at the same time for the same reasons.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved having the story from all of the main characters point of view and going back and forth just gave it an added dimension that I've never experienced in any other book.


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

    Colin Firth did an excellent job. Both Bendrix and Sarah were done so passionately that I can't choose between the two as a favorite.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to listen to this book all in one sitting. I have actually listened to this book 3 times since getting it a week ago. I absolutely love it!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    JulietHopeWayne 04-29-14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "good background while working"

    Colin Firth made this story more relatable with his barbed, flippant comments and the cadence of his jealous, yet thoughtful, anger. I thought the author braided a religious theme into the narrative that didn't feel natural or relevant. The question of god didn't need to be introduced for me to understand these characters were overwhelmed by their own free will.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Monica Williams 04-01-14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A little overstated, but excellent"
    What did you love best about The End of the Affair?

    The reading by Colin Firth brought the story to life. Each of the characters speaks to him/herself more than anyone else, and that inner dialogue was riveting thanks to the reader.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Morris, obviously. On the one had, such a silly idea about love and religion. Plus he really was just all about himself - selfish and indulgent and couldn't he see that? But on the other hand, he was so honest with himself and so plainspoken with himself. Poor thing.


    What does Colin Firth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The intensity. Also, just that perfect voice added another dimension to the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Alice Albuquerque, NM United States 03-19-14
    Alice Albuquerque, NM United States 03-19-14 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    42
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Breathtaking"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The End of the Affair is a thought-provoking classic about love, hate, and the human experience of faith brought to life by the inimitable Colin Firth. This book is an intense listen and well-worth it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    MLW 03-18-14
    MLW 03-18-14 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    29
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great narration of a touching and thoughtful story"
    What made the experience of listening to The End of the Affair the most enjoyable?

    Colin Firth does an excellent job with this narration. It's a powerful and thought provoking story of "hate, as much as love". Definitely worth a listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Albert M. Gutierrez San Antonio, Texas USA 03-11-14
    Albert M. Gutierrez San Antonio, Texas USA 03-11-14 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    29
    9
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Mr Greene Knows How to Write Human Emotion"

    How do you describe indifference, love, hate, sadness, desperation, cruelty? This is how. I have listened to it twice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Saman Houston, TX, United States 02-23-14
    Saman Houston, TX, United States 02-23-14 Member Since 2010

    I am a lover of history and the fantastic tales of human achievement (or folly). Sometimes, a grand author captures my imagination.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    158
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    98
    65
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Smashing listen - loved it."

    This is my first Graham Greene novel. I have seen a number of movies based on his books but never really listened to a novel. Seeing that this was narrated by Colin Firth, I dived in. What an experience. It’s a remarkable story from an incredible story teller. The narration is expertly delivered by Firth which really adds to the authenticity of Maurice Bendix – a not so nice chap who is a bit of a schemer and writer. I was certainly engrossed in the strong love affair between Maurice and Sarah Miles during WWII and its abrupt and mysterious ending. The mix of religion and faith plays really well into the storyline whether you yourself is a believer. Based on many writings about the novel, this is really a self expose of Green’s own life and experiences including his religious views and his affair with Catherine Walston.

    Ofcourse, it really helped to know that this production won ‘Audiobook of the Year’ at the Audie Awards in 2013.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jennifer Chapel Hill, NC, USA 01-31-14
    Jennifer Chapel Hill, NC, USA 01-31-14 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    69
    22
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Repeat Listen"

    If you love classic literature, and stories of unrequited love (although this one doesn't quite fit that bill), you must add this performance to your wish list. I've read this book probably half a dozen times. It is beautiful writing, and Firth's narration only adds to the pleasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.