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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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I could listen to Colin Firth all day long

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I found this audio book to be mesmerizing. Once I started listening, I could not stop. While I didn't care for some of the Catholic-related content, overall I found the story to be achingly beautiful. Combine the story with the narration of Colin Firth and the result is a wonderful, wonderful audio book. I highly recommend.

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  • Deborah
  • Sunny California
  • 10-24-14

Touches your soul

What made the experience of listening to The End of the Affair the most enjoyable?

The story from start to finish was unpredictable and told from such an empassioned perspective, I couldn't help but be sucked completely into the book.

What other book might you compare The End of the Affair to and why?

The Awakening by Chopin has that same longing for the love you can't grasp.

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

I loved them all.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed and cried because it reminded me so much of my former fiance who passed far too young.

Any additional comments?

If you love well-written, touching literature read this. Even if you don't ... TRY SOMETHING NEW!

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  • David
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 10-19-14

A Modern Classic

If you could sum up The End of the Affair in three words, what would they be?

A tragic romance.

What did you like best about this story?

The way that Greene is unflinching in his characters. Even if I don't like his protagonist as a person, he makes the character fully human and thus relatable.

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

This was an Audiobook I finished in about three sittings, and I only broke it up because I had other things I needed to take care of.

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Two words: Colin Firth

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What a depressing story and what an amazing voice actor. I would not have chosen to read this book, but Firth is just so unbelievably interesting to listen to, I couldn't stop, even after I decided I despised the characters and hated the plot.<br/><br/>I would listen to any book narrated by this man - the phonebook, photocopier manuals, the iTunes user agreement that I always just click "Agree" on and have never, ever actually read. Seriously, if you want people to really know what we're signed get this guy to narrate it.

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Worth it!

What made the experience of listening to The End of the Affair the most enjoyable?

The story was amazing but so dark and sad. The performance was top notch. Although I know I am biased because having Colin Firth purring in my ear is never a bad thing...at some point it was like READING a book; I was no longer hearing his voice, I was just "seeing" the story.

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

ABSOLUTELY!!!

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Sad Story but Firth Makes It Worthwhile

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!

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  • Amy
  • Olathe, KS, United States
  • 09-27-14

Quite possibly the best narration ever!

Colin Firth brings this story to life. He makes the characters live and breathe and he makes you ache for them. The story is incredibly written by Graham Greene. How interesting that it was based in-part on his own life!

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The narration makes the story

After reading reviews of the wonderful narration, I had to download this book. Now, after listening to the book, I have to agree with other reviewers that the narration makes the book. If I would have read it, I don't think I would have enjoyed it half as much. It's a narration that begins after the affair ended 18 months earlier. The jilted lover, still hurting runs into his ex Sarah and all the old feelings re-emerge. His question 'does he love or hate her', thus the theme of the story, leading to the question of faith and how different people interpret the idea of faith. An interesting and thought provoking listen.

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Like a fine wine!

Graham Greene is a master story teller. His words are delicious and nuanced. Savor them slowly.

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Riveting story

If you could sum up The End of the Affair in three words, what would they be?

Thoughtful. Human. Sensitive.

What other book might you compare The End of the Affair to and why?

Turn of the Screw. The Overcoat. Stories where the characters are wrestling with their relationships and their personal beliefs.

Have you listened to any of Colin Firth’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not but now I want to find more by him.

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

When Sarah admitted in her diary that whatever her relationship with Morris, it was different than any other she had and other men could not fill that void. And she wondered why there had to be other men at all. That was a passage of self reflection and burgeoning self knowledge that she never quite completed.