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Editorial Reviews

Winner of the Audie Awards Audiobook of the Year 2013 and nominated for the Audie Awards Solo Narration of the Year 2013, The End of the Affair is written by British novelist Graham Greene and narrated by British actor Colin Firth. First published in 1951, this evocative novel has been adapted into two films by the same name in 1955 and again in 1999, as well as an opera. Set in London towards the end of World War II, it follows the ending of a love affair between a deeply religious, married woman and a writer at the outset of fame. Available now from Audible.

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."

©1951 Graham Greene (P)2015 Audible, Inc

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Excellent adaption, Excellent writer.

Well worth downloading. I recommend listening to it at nightime in the dark, gloomy atmosphere of a winter!!

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Excellent

Loved it! Colin Firth was delightful. My favorite thus far! A must buy from Audible.

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Much too obsessed with God

The narrator was exceptionally good!
Too much hesitation btw compulsory faith and disbelief ín God

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excellent rendition o

I liked Collin firth's rendition of this story. such a wonderful read about relationships. he characterised the protagonists well

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Loved it!

Beautiful narration by Colin Firth. Fell asleep to his voice a couple of times even. This is my first time listening to an audio book as well as to this story, and i must admit, it was a sensational experience! 5*!

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  • Spa2004
  • 02-14-16

Wonderful words; beautifully read

I love Graham Greene's writing style and Colin Firth gives a super performance narrating the masterful prose. Great story-telling, I just couldn't quite "buy" the key relationship between Bendrix and Sarah. Can we petition Colin Firth for some more books?

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  • Geoff Hearn
  • 11-29-16

So good

This book is so cleverly written.
The story is so good.
The final chapters linger in the mind.
This book was written when the English language was so descriptive and not tainted by, dare I say, American influence !

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  • Dr
  • 10-31-16

Depressing story but beautifully performed

Colin Firth does a wonderful job here of telling the story of a man tortured by the loss of his love affair. There is much reference to Catholic guilt as Greene explores his own relationship, troubled as it was, with the Catholic faith.
It was a great listen, if not exactly uplifting.

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  • james
  • 05-23-16

Wonderful

This story is brilliantly told and performed. I have issues with the Christian mumbo - jumbo at the centre of this novel. It seems dated now. However, when on form Greene was a consummate novelist with spellbinding storytelling abilities. Firth is the perfect conduit.

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  • Rebecca Cao
  • 05-16-16

Simply beautiful

Would you consider the audio edition of The End of the Affair to be better than the print version?

Oh yes

What did you like best about this story?

It's a story of love, honest to a point of pain.

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

Maurice Bendrix

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

Yes. it made me cry on numerous occasions.

Any additional comments?

Colin Firth's wonderful performance made it all vivid, the emotions raw, the pain unescapable.

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  • Haifa
  • 03-29-16

Beautiful

Loved it!! Beautifully read..Colin Firth makes it even more enjoyable..but nevertheless the book is so heartbreaking

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  • A Friend
  • 02-19-16

My heart...but also my brain

A fantastic listen, beautiful pros with a narrator who's perfect for the style. would definitely recommend.
Touching and profound in a heartfelt rambling way, rather then pretentious.
loved it

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  • Florence
  • 04-11-16

fantastic

This had me mesmerized, a stand out book and excellently narrated - a must listen

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  • Mrs Morag Mackinnon
  • 02-14-16

The beginning of my audio affair

My first listening experience. Wonderfully subtle narration by Colin Firth created the mood of the story and the characters perfectly.

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  • Izabela
  • 04-07-16

Slow start

It was a slow story to start with but very addictive towards the end. Brilliant performance from Colin Firth, he could make a telephone book sound exciting!

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  • Adam
  • 06-15-15

Colin Firth makes this story mesmerizing

I got this book purely because I wanted a British accent audio book to listen to so got this book with no idea what it was about other than it had been made into an award winning play.

The story itself had me wondering mid-way why i was listening to it but Colin's British 'proper' english kept me going with it and was an enjoyable, yet unusual book. Thank you from Australia!

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  • Jude
  • 08-24-15

Narration at its best

An amazing trip into life love loss. I listened to this book over and over again mainly because Colin's voice was so calming I used it to relax and sleep.

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  • Mark Killen
  • 03-08-18

brilliant

beautiful moving and so true. no better written understanding of the human condition and love

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  • Ms Karen M Michelon
  • 05-18-18

Glorious writing

Firth’s voice is stunning. I imagined the character in his likeness. Highly recommended. Please enjoy as I did.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-06-18

Powerful

The characters and story are brought alive by beautiful narration. I enjoyed listening to it.

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  • Feiru
  • 10-24-17

Gets better with every chapter. Sublime.

Such a complex, utterly real, emotionally gripping piece of work with an underlying tone of dry humour. Followed the main character all the way through his hills and valleys of emotions. Towards the peak of the story there was rarely a moment where my mind did not echo his internal monologue. Beautifully narrated by Colin Firth, a bit like watching a movie.

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  • Maryann
  • 09-28-17

Complex

To complex for me.
One of those stories where you continue just to see if it gets any better, and it doesn't, even if Colin Firth did narrate. Sorry Colin 😆

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  • Jane
  • 04-17-17

Loved it!

What did you like most about The End of the Affair?

A fantastic story about what can go on in poeple's minds such that they can't see what goes on for others. The art of creating and ceating int he mind when things simply aren't true. Grameme Greene does this with beutiful language and keen insight, and Colin Firth's voice was perfect for the role.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The narrator. Because it was about him.

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

The narrator.

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

Many.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended.

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  • Roderic
  • 08-06-16

Suppressed, Effete, Utterly British -- Brilliant

Graham Greene's writing is magnificent. Colin Firth's guarded and almost absent-minded narration is perfect for the tone of the novel. There is great force in the understated story-telling of narrator and protagonist Maurice Bendrix.

London is a character in its own right in the novel and I enjoyed the "London Experience" very much.

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  • Louis Cohalan
  • 08-02-16

it had some good moments

very melancholy tale read with melancholy. not uplifting and underneath the love affair it is all about the Catholic God. But nevertheless a good and intriguing story which is also reflective on the writing process.