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The End of the Affair

Narrated by: Colin Firth
Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
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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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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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Loved this classic and the way it was read .

Narrated beautifully by Colin Firth. Smooth as silk, with wonderful words ebbing and flowing from the superb writer that is Graham Greene.

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brilliant

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

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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.

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lovely voice and pronounciation!

a little depressing
loved the narrator though
whatever happened to happy endings.
I wasn't surprised as have read other Graham greene

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Unforgettable performance by Colin Firth that takes you in the pain and joy of loss

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Outstanding performance

Colin Firth was the best thing about this audiobook for me. I can understand why it is so critically acclaimed, however it simply did not resonate with me personally.

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Excellent performance by Colin Firth

the story drags on a little but Colin Firth is nice to listen to anyway

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Colin Firth was the perfect narrator

As "he" says.. it is a story based on hate. He portrays himself as bitter and angry at how things turned out yet fails to see why he is most of the cause. I like that the story ironically continues portraying how his life goes on with the actual husband, clever in a dry way. Colin Firth's narration captures the tone brilliantly. Enjoyed it, but not top of my list.

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Outstanding narration and storyline

What a joy to listen to an absolutely flawless performance. Colin Firth at his best, if only he were able to do more. How each character is bought to life so effortlessly.
Supreme piece of writing too by Graham Greene, I didn’t want it to end.

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  • Julian
  • 21-02-2019

Baptism of desire

I rate this tale of a woman who leaves her lover for God as Graham Green's masterpiece. Structurally it is sophisticated, framed as a novelist's first-person recollection of his affair with the wife of a civil servant, laced with flashbacks and with an extended section in her voice as he reads extracts from her stolen diary. I had to read it through again once I finished and found it much the richer once I understood the structure. The three-cornered drama is shot through with ironies and missed opportunities, with a tragic climax and an odd coda in which a supernatural element comes close to the surface. Some may find the overt religious themes off-putting but as a way into the big questions of life, love, and death it has never been equalled in Greene's opus. Colin Firth's reading - performance, really - is riveting throughout. His virtuosic variations of pacing and tone perfectly match the narrator's turmoil of mind. He effortlessly differentiates the characters with the subtlest shades of timbre and colouring. The minor characters sparkle, too, particularly the sentimental gumshoe Parkis. I can't resist re-quoting St Augustine's beautiful dictum "Time flows out of the future, which does not yet exist, into the present, which has no duration, into the past, which has ceased to exist." Time with this gem of an audiobook is well spent indeed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-2018

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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  • Yasmine Zitouni
  • 18-06-2017

Excellent

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

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  • Debby Clements
  • 21-04-2019

Not just a story...

I thoroughly enjoyed this almost lyrical novel. The poison/passion drips from his pen as he writes, his heart splayed out honestly within the pages.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-10-2016

Much too obsessed with God

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

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  • taryn
  • 23-01-2016

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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  • fathimath
  • 16-07-2015

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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  • Dr
  • 31-10-2016

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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  • Spa2004
  • 14-02-2016

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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  • Haifa
  • 29-03-2016

Beautiful

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

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  • Izabela
  • 07-04-2016

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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  • ruth
  • 16-07-2015

A -MA-ZING!!!!!!!!!!

I love this book. It is such a compelling story. It is beautifully written, the words are selected one by one like an artist chooses his colors and shapes. I will listen to it again. The narrator was impeccable. He let you dive in the story of every character so well, that even a simple breath can make you believe this is real. Just close your eyes and let him take to London 1945. A story of love, a story of hate, a story of love again. Believe...

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  • KatDLF
  • 03-07-2016

The perfect performance of an extraordinary book

This has got to be the most realistically heart-breaking book I have ever read.

What's worse is that the beauty of its language and imagery, and its theological arguments are likely to drive me back to it over and over again.

I suspect I am going to drown in this book

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  • Geoff Hearn
  • 29-11-2016

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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  • Florence
  • 11-04-2016

fantastic

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

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  • james
  • 23-05-2016

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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  • Craig
  • 23-11-2015

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.

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