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The End of the Affair Audiobook

The End of the Affair

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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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    Adam Stanhop Gardens, Australia 15/06/2015
    Adam Stanhop Gardens, Australia 15/06/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christine 16/06/2016
    Christine 16/06/2016
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    "Most boring book ever"

    Don't waste your money. Poor Colin firth having this credit to his name. Like rowing through mud.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jude 24/08/2015
    Jude 24/08/2015
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roderic Victoria Park, Australia 06/08/2016
    Roderic Victoria Park, Australia 06/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "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 02/08/2016
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey Toowong, Australia 20/02/2016
    Tracey Toowong, Australia 20/02/2016 Member Since 2015

    I'm a middle-aged career woman who has no time to read, the book must be intelligent and grab me straight away, love thrillers.

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    "An absolute classic genius"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Who wouldn't want the chance to spend a few private hours alone with Colin Firth? Divine enunciation, beautifully written. This novel takes you deeply inside the minds of two characters who become so real, you feel (that if you lived in a nice part of London) you would recognise them as neighbours.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The End of the Affair?

    When all is revealed, and the 2 of the characters form an unexpected but comforting relationship. I t just shows you the unpredictability of life.


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

    He is a true gentleman and actor


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised to discover this novel was actually written in the 1940's. It felt like a modern novel written as a time-piece. Amazingly beautiful, lyrically written by Graham Greene. I was born in England to post-war middle class parents, and the writing just took me right there to the beautiful old houses and the class system, and the gentlemen in tweed.

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    Natassia North Booval, Australia 21/01/2016
    Natassia North Booval, Australia 21/01/2016
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    "Wonderfully touching."

    Firth's narration takes the ideas and sentiments of love and hate and faith and uses them to pluck at the very deepest of the hearts-strings.

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    Sara 21/12/2015
    Sara 21/12/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Hard to empathise with the main character"

    The above says it all. Found his obsessiveness annoying. Maybe some people will love this book. After all, it is a classic. Just not for me.

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    MISS I M NAPIER 18/09/2015
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    "Slow, but good"

    Colin Firth makes this book. I could listen to him read an encyclopedia. In saying that, I found the book quite similar to Australian drama. It was a really slow novel, not one that I couldn't put down, but still enjoyable. Some moments needed perseverance but the depth in the characters and story were rewarding at the end.

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    Anita 30/08/2015
    Anita 30/08/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't bother"

    I got this purely for Colin Firth who did the best he could with a dull and boring story that leads to no where.

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    19/10/16
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    "Much too obsessed with God"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • taryn
    23/01/16
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • fathimath
    16/07/15
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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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  • Richard
    23/07/15
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    "true too life"

    great story that surpasses time, as it's a story that never changes no matter what year it is. and read brilliantly by Colin Firth.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • jo9999
    esher, United Kingdom
    20/07/15
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    "much better than the film"
    What made the experience of listening to The End of the Affair the most enjoyable?

    The reading by Colin Firth was perfect. While not hiding the faults of the narrator he made him much more empathetic than on a simple reading of the book. And made the whole story more alive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The End of the Affair?

    when he no longer hates the husband


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

    the narrator


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

    when he discovers about the real treatment for the damaged face.


    Any additional comments?

    More narration by Colin Firth please

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • loutheschmoo
    14/10/15
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    "Colin Firth sublime"

    This was a wonderful story, made all the better by Colin Firth's sublime performance. His voice was like a caress and his delivery engaging - beautifully, beautifully read. More books narrated by Mr Firth please? I can't seem to find any but would be persuaded to try a book outside my comfort zone, so impressed was I (& no, I did not get wobbly knees over Mr Darcy - it's just that he REALLY IS GOOD!)

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Kildonan
    29/09/16
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    "God. I hate you as though you actually exist."


    I love this book, because it has a magic a crazy logic that disarms me,.
    A man has an affair with married woman he loves her, she stops seeing him with no explanations given, he goes crazy with jealousy and tries to find the reason for her sudden change of mind.

    If that opens your appetite enjoy a beautiful book that takes you to the possibility that love is illogical, that belief is not true but maybe sometimes it is, that the love of one person can unite enemies, create miracles that are so subtle they drive you to insanity and love again.

    A love story that touches many unexpectedly, a great book about belief and the acceptance of mystery or love.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • alex
    31/07/15
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    "totally absorbing"
    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    Such a warm, silky voice. Perfectly portrayed the misery of his character without ever seeming boring. Wonderfully conveyed other characters without cheesy impressions


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

    Yes. I got through this really quickly.


    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel Redford
    27/07/15
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    "An affair with no end"
    Any additional comments?

    This is one of Graham Greene's deeply serious, tortured Catholic novels, this one based on his own affair with a woman to whom he dedicated the novel. Published in 1951, filmed in the 50s, it's set towards the end of the Second World War. Maurice Bendrix is deeply in love with Sarah, the wife of a dull civil servant Henry Miles. Maurice is consumed with jealousy and is desperate for Sarah to leave Henry which her faith cannot allow her to do. So wild does his destructive jealousy become that Maurice has his lover followed, only to find that his 'living rival' is Christ. He is convinced that God has ruined his happiness, just as a harvester destroys a mouse and much of the novel is an analysis of this agony suffered not just by Maurice but also by Sarah who has to face even greater suffering as the story progresses. It's a novel which would not be published today - it is entirely of its time.What makes it such a stunning period piece is Colin Firth's narration. He draws us into the labyrinth of pain suffered by Maurice, Sarah and Henry, so much so that it is a relief to come out into the light when the novel ends.

    16 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • susan
    14/08/15
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    "Beautifully read."
    Would you listen to The End of the Affair again? Why?

    No. It's quite a depressing story. I read this first at the age of 18, when I devoured everything Graham Greene.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Images of rain-swept London streets.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When he reads her diary.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The beautifully eloquent reading by Colin Firth really gives the book another dimension. I think Greene would approve!

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
    23/11/15
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    "challenging"

    Excellent in every department. Characters excellent, particularly Maurice and Sarah. Henry maybe a little stereotyped. Gritty and earthy struggles with believable emotions and managed to introduce a real spiritual struggle without resorting to clichés.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Marketa Dvorackova
    18/06/16
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    "Heavy but sticks"

    As said in the title, the story is really quite heavy. It took me a lot to get carried away by it. But I listened and listened again and in the end I must say that it's that kond of book that one thinks he's not much enjoying when reading it, but changes his mind completely once it's over. It's very powerful and the memory of it and the atmosphere drawn by the author stick with you and you'll always remember it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • C
    17/06/16
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    "Wonderfully haunting"

    What a powerful story recounted with so much gentle passion by Firth. A story of all kinds of love, of human frailty, but ultimately a story of redemptive faith. Incredibly evocative.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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