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  • Written by: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Colin Firth
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (271 ratings)

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The End of the Affair

Written by: Graham Greene
Narrated by: Colin Firth
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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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  • Kim
  • 2019-01-26

Wonderful

If I could give “Performances” more than 5 stars, I’d give at least 5 more.

The story itself is absolutely stunning, but I believe I would not have gleaned such a grasp and appreciation without having listened to the audible version. Colin dFirth was impeccable- I wish he could narrate every audible book.

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Memorial for a love affair: a surprise ending!

Strange topic--this is what drew me to this book. That and Colin Firth narrating! A lot of dialogue between characters--I usually prefer action. But once I got I got into the story, l could not stop listening. The lovers' angst is well told. The ending was tender and surprising! I like surprises! I would recommend this story--it got me out of my comfort zone and I consider that a learning experience.

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Fantastic Listen!

Beginning with the story itself, I've always considered this to be one of Greene's best works. It beautifully navigates love, obsession, jealousy, and heartbreak; even in the midst of an affair. You come to empathize with Maurice and his nihilist ways. Greene elegantly illustrates the complexities of life, love and faith.

The narration was some of the best I've encountered in audiobooks. I guess there is a reason Mr. Firth is an Oscar winner...his performance was superb, the portrayal was somehow exactly what I pictured Bendrix to be when I initially read the book. I wish he narrated more classics! A++

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Beyond brilliant!

An incrediably entertaining & thought provoking story. Greene's poetic word pictures of the people and the settings draw you right in (especially having seen the film adaptation with Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore). The characters come alive with Firth's talent for breathing life into them. Best fiction Audible book I've ever listened to.

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  • LJO
  • 2021-03-12

A true delight

Five stars all around. Colin Firth was incredible. He made Greene's written words soar even higher than I could ever imagine. Fantastic story + a top notch reading = as good an audiobook as I've ever experienced.

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Definitely worth listening to.

Colin Firth brought a story of one man's love to life. He was able to express the sorrow and frustration and deep anguish and he kept me wanting to learn more. I was totally captivated.

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Highly recommend it

Great narration, and while the plot is fairly slow, I still enjoyed it quite a bit; it suited the story well and was always interesting.

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Beautiful

This book is beautifully written. The passionate voice given to it by Colin Firth takes it to a level that a reader reading the words as written in the book will not be able to imagine.

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Brilliantly story and narration

Thoughtful and poetic prose on a topic with many interesting twists we may have all experienced.
Graham Greene at his best with Colin Firth who is did fantastic narration.

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Fantastic narration

Beautiful narration by Colin Firth. The story was meh. However I could listen to it over and over again just because of the narration.

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