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  • The End of the Affair

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Colin Firth
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,647
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,551
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,542

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful words; beautifully read

  • By Spa2004 on 14-02-16

a place where art, heart, mind & belief intersect.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-07-18

..this book has such special gifts that it left me believing in so many things. We track the inner journey of the world weary Bendrix who has, with good reason, learnt to critically appraise himself and those around him. A character who can't be fooled by artifice or dogma. He talks endlessly about what he hates and despises which his intellect enables to do with conviction and clarity. In so doing he only seems to prove the real possibility of the opposite.

Greene's writing is a thing of wonder, articulate with such brevity and accuracy of word. The clipped prose style makes Bendrix's repressed character come alive.

Firth's reading gives Bendrix voice and provides such insight to the text and the Bendrix the man. Stunning performance.

..where heart, mind and belief intersect - a great novel

  • Stoner

  • A Novel
  • By: John Williams, John McGahern - introduction
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

Waterstone's book of the year. Colum McCann once called Stoner one of the great forgotten novels of the past century, but it seems it is forgotten no longer - in 2013, translations of Stoner began appearing on best-seller lists across Europe. William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at 19 to study agriculture. A seminar on English literature changes his life, and he never returns to work on his father's farm. Stoner becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Probably one of the finest books I have listened to - why isn't this book better known?!

  • By ADRIAN M WATTS on 21-03-17

.....stopped me in tracks and made me think!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-05-18

...not sure where to begin, the book works on so many levels and in so doing it, for want of a better expression, parallels life. The main protagonist does not have an amazing life but as is so often he does have glimpses of its wonder; along with disappointments that result in his ambitions and hopes often being dashed. From which he hearts and develops. Throughout this the reader gets to know and understand the character of Stoner and as we do he grows in the readers respect. We understand the transformative moments in his life and where he achieves real personal insight understanding. - and as he does so do we.

The concise articulate prose is a thing of wonder in its precise articulation that mirrors its main protagonists internal thinking. Beautifully but thoughtfully read.

As a book it left me feeling I had learnt more about life and the human experience.

For me, in a word, stunning.

  • The Portrait of a Lady

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: John Wood
  • Length: 23 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

When Isabel Archer, a beautiful, spirited American, is brought to Europe by her wealthy aunt Touchett, it is expected that she will soon marry. But Isabel, resolved to enjoy the freedom that her fortune has opened up and to determine her own fate, does not hesitate to turn down two eligible suitors, declaring that she will never marry. It is only when she finds herself irresistibly drawn to the cultivated but worthless Gilbert Osmond that she discovers that wealth is a two-edged sword.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • James's writing is sublime

  • By Mrs on 10-03-13

...simply sublime!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-05-18

What a discovery - this is why we read! My first Henry James novel.

The precise crisp prose of the story telling, the arch of character development, the outcome of a single well meant intervention, the pursuit of youth, beauty and money. All this weaved to a final resolution where the many outcomes are an understanding of the subtleties of life, love, experience all laced with the ambiguity of personal perspective.

My reaction on finishing, was to re-listen to all they key moments to ensure I had grasped all the nuances in James' narrative.

The narrator is excellent and breathed life into Ralph and gave insight to the nuances of his character (the word "adored" is etched on my consciousness) -as well as giving Henrietta Stackpole her sass.

Highly recommended.