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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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    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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    Jane 17/04/2017
    Jane 17/04/2017
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    "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.

    0 of 0 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
    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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    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 2 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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  • Anonymous
    18/06/17
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    "Excellent"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    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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  • Izabela
    7/04/16
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    "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!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Friend
    19/02/16
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    "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

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Spa2004
    14/02/16
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    "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?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Geoff Hearn
    29/11/16
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    "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 !

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dr
    31/10/16
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca Cao
    16/05/16
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Haifa
    29/03/16
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    "Beautiful"

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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • james
    23/05/16
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Florence
    11/04/16
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    "fantastic"

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

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Morag Mackinnon
    14/02/16
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    " 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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