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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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    Leigh 05-11-12
    Leigh 05-11-12

    Oral storytelling is my favourite thing in the world. If I lost my iPod I would feel like I had lost my arm.

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    "Exquisite"

    The prose of Graham Greene as narrated by Colin Firth are a sublime experience. I'm so glad I bought this. My only hope is that Audible can convince Mr. Firth to go back into the recording booth to do more.

    18 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    W Perry Hall 04-21-14

    "There is scarcely any passion without struggle." Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

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    "Caches In Conflicts"

    Never has so short a book stirred in me such a cauldron of conflicting emotions.

    You think Sarah deserves love, but cannot countenance that in a marriage or against vow of commitment. You ponder, why not, in her marriage free from sex for seven years, but then cringe when considering *but, with Maurice?* who's our narrator, the pompous, neurotic narcissist.

    This short novel delves into such questions and those of faith in, and relationship with, God. To say much more of the story is to spoil it.

    Colin Firth's narration is perfection.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    A. Potter Washington D.C. 01-12-16
    A. Potter Washington D.C. 01-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Masterful"
    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    Colin Firth's mastery of story telling and delivery is equal to Graham Greene's writing. What a duo! Brilliant!


    Any additional comments?

    Graham Greene is a master story teller, conveying an astonishing depth of emotion with an economy of words. Brilliant writing, and enjoyable read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Challenor Australia 09-05-15
    Diane Challenor Australia 09-05-15

    Blogger of accidental discoveries through books

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    "Unusual story. Intriguing."

    This book is the first Graham Greene book I've read And finished. I found it intriguing. It's quite different to anything I've ever read before. Colin Firth's narration made it very accessible. I think I was able to understand the story more through listening to Mr Firth's interpretation than I would have, if I'd read the printed word.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pita Miami 08-13-14
    Pita Miami 08-13-14 Member Since 2013

    Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books

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    "Beautifully written and narrated but never easy"
    If you could sum up The End of the Affair in three words, what would they be?

    This novel is fairly complex. It touches on religion, desire,war, adultery...I would not be able to summarize it in three words (and probably not in 100)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator of the story, the lover, was my favorite. He was angry and flawed. The fact that Colin Firth gave him his voice probably further endeared him to me. I found this character very believable. Apparently this novel is based on an actual relationship the writer had.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I came to this book after seeing the movie with Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore so I have a very visual conception of this novel. Actually, I was touched by the interaction of the husband and the lover at the end of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration by Firth was a real treat. Although I saw the movie first and enjoyed Ralph Fiennes in the role of the lover I would take Firth characterization over his any day.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Washington, DC, United States 11-26-13
    Laura Washington, DC, United States 11-26-13 Member Since 2012

    Long commute = Lots of time for audiobooks

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    "Good story, Amazing narration"

    It has been a while since I listened to this, but I'm trying to get around to reviewing everything I've listened to, so bear with me.

    I found a New York Times review of this novel from 1951 by George Mayberry, who concludes his review this way: "It is savage and sad, vulgar and ideal, coarse and refined, and a rather accurate image of an era of cunning and glory, of cowardice and heroism, of belief and unbelief."

    I'm not sure I could put it better than that. For my part, though, I was drawn to and sympathetic toward the characters even though I couldn't particularly relate to any of them. I take that as evidence of Graham Greene's remarkable skill with words.

    I've never been much of a fan of love stories, tragic or otherwise (which is why I give 3 stars for story rather than 4), but I think the restraint of Greene's writing is what made this story beautiful to me. What a challenge it must have been to portray a protagonist who is positively boiling over with emotion throughout the story without veering into overwrought, contrived prose. He's a masterful writer, and I plan to read more of his work.

    As many reviews have said, Colin Firth is a perfect narrator and actor for the role of Maurice. I fully admit to being a total swooning fangirl for Firth, but I do also listen to a lot of audiobooks and feel I can semi-objectively assess his skill as a narrator (though perhaps that's wishful thinking). In any case, I suspect many readers will find themselves initially drawn into the story largely due to Firth's narration, but stay when they realize they're listening to such a beautifully crafted novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine 07-02-13
    Katherine 07-02-13

    I love to read mysteries, histories, biographies, humor, and Jane Austen.

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    "Complex and difficult"

    It is interesting listening to Greene as he struggles with the complexities, frustrations, and passions of his Roman Catholic faith. This book deals with these themes well, although to someone not interest in Roman Catholicism, the book may seem to beat the same dead horse repeatedly (and I found it tiresome at times). I intensely dislike the literary convention that the best way for a romantic triangle to resolve itself is for the central woman to die. ("Madame Butterfly" anyone? "Miss Saigon"?) However, Colin Firth's performance is outstanding. As one of the other reviewers said, Firth makes the main character angry, misanthropic, and cruel, but still very human and someone you care about despite his many great flaws.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amber 06-15-13
    Amber 06-15-13

    I read and listen to books. I drink tea. I sleep like a cat and wished I lived in Hawaii.

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    "Colin Firth delivers."

    I enjoyed this audiobook narrated by Colin Firth. He has a lovely man voice with lovely British accent that one can listen to for a long time. I have a feeling though that I would not have enjoyed the book nearly as much if I had read it. The narration definitely added a star for me. The plot itself is interesting, but there is a lot of tediousness that goes on with Sarah's internal struggle with love and god and her morals. She calls herself a bitch and a fake and a phony and sometimes I felt she was just that and sometimes I felt sorry for her. It wasn't easy to love the characters, but I felt that Greene created interesting characters that are flawed in a way that is timeless. Human beings are always going to struggle with their religious and non-religious beliefs and love is always going to bring pain and pleasure. Infidelity will always exist as will the need to emotionally connect with others. Greene's take on these themes are enhanced by Firth's performance. Overall, I feel like this short book is worth giving a listen.

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    Gerry Auburn, AL, United States 06-15-13
    Gerry Auburn, AL, United States 06-15-13

    gerrymorAuburn, AL My favorites are books read by the authors. Janis Ian is superb.

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    "Audible at its Best"
    What made the experience of listening to The End of the Affair the most enjoyable?

    The way Colin Firth tells the story is as good as the plot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Colin Firth who played the hero.


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

    Yes, and he is always good. The King's Speech may be his best of all.


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

    Colin Firth because we would talk about English theatre and English movies.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book I will keep on my hard drive so that I can listen to it again. It isn't so long that you lose your place. It is just the right length. I enjoyed it very much and wish you had some more just like this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 04-25-13
    Aaron 04-25-13 Member Since 2016
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    "...'This is a Hate Letter' says the narrator."


    It almost sounds like the beginning of something funny... An Atheist, A Priest, An Agnostic, and A Reformed Sinner all get on a bus...but what you end up with is a meeting of the minds, serious questions, and some hard-line answers (and the occasional swerving of the bus into on-coming traffic).

    This is far from being a 'funny story' but is more often the 'serious thoughts' of a lonely and bitter man reflecting on a woman who is no longer in his life, and venting his frustration on a God he can hardly believe in.

    Stellar Performance meets Solid Writing

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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