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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 had a hand in selecting. 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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    5 out of 5 stars

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

Any additional comments?

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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.