Although the author's talent is evident and there were some good spots in the story I got to a point where I just could listen no longer. I kept asking myself, where is this going. Answer, nowhere.
Reading this book was for the most part a fabulous experience. I love the way she told such a well entwined story with so much humor and description. The narrator is one of the best I've ever heard. She really really makes the book come alive. The only thing I didn't like was the ending. It felt as if the author suddenly had to rush off to the bathroom so she just ended it as quickly as she could with very little thought to the quality of the rest of the story.
An incredibly sobering story of identity, masterfully delivered. I recommend it for all readers who wish to deepen their understanding of gender and race and culture.
I drive a lot, so I listen to a lot of books. I am addicted to Audible!
This is my second time reading this book, and I feel that I could read it again and again. I first read this book in a post-colonial literature class and truly enjoyed it. Now, I find the book equally, or even more, thought provoking.
I wish there were more writers like Zadie Smith, but I truly cannot find one. The last time I read this book and On Beauty, I had a book "hang-over" and was left craving a similar narrative style paired with the literary depth. I wish Smith would write more books!
Humm... this is a difficult choice. I truly enjoyed the description of Trafalgar Square, where the statues (of Nelson, etc) face Westminster and Big Ben with their backs to the National Gallery. The text explained that only in England would people turn their backs on culture and look toward the future (or something like that). This is an interesting description as is deeply contrasts with the condition of the immigrant in the book; throughout the book, the immigrant families seem constantly tied down by their history and are unable to escape it. There are also allusions in this scene to the immigrant attempting to leave his or her mark in the country, but finding that, though he/she puts sweat and blood into it, the immigrant ultimately just makes a mess of things and is generally unsuccessful unless he/she assimilates into the dominant culture.
If they turned this book into a movie, I would be very upset. I think that the book is way too deep to be sliced apart and turned into a movie.
If you are not in the mood for a "heavy" or "deep" book, White Teeth might not be what you need at this moment. If you are an ex-English major that is fascinated by post-colonial literature and craving something thought provoking, then this is the perfect book for you!
Yes, I would try both a book by Zadie Smith and I also would try another book performed by Jenny Sterlin. I thought the characters were well written and Ms. Sterline gave a different voice to the characters bringing them to life.
The chapters don't line up to the audio breaks and I'm pretty sure it skips over some text toward the end.
This is my third audio book. I was a bit concerned about the length and whether I would miss things in audio format. This was my favorite so far.
I most enjoyed how the story came full circle in the end. This book has many complex characters with tightly woven stories. And I really appreciated the cast of faulted but real female characters.
I loved how the narrator performed Alsana.
For me the most memorable character was Irie Jones. I loved how she became her own person toward the end of the book.
The author is clever, witty, articulate and imaginative. The reader is terrific. This book is a great read. Amongst the best I've read.
The story line and the characters are fantastic, Samad Iqbal made me laugh so much with his continous contradictions!!
Maybe the Satanic Verses for it's multicultural references
Yes, the novel is funnier than what is narrated. She sometimes reads too slow, making some the dialogues dull when they’re actually hilarious.
Zadie Smith is a great writer. She's funny, creates marvelous characters, and has a fantastic ear for diverse speech patterns. I've listened to over 100 audiobooks; this was one of my favorites so far. Jenny Sterlin, the narrator, does a wonderful job handling all the different accents and putting ironic inflections into her narration at just the right moments. I found the very end of the book a little unsatisfactory. There's some great plotting to get to that point, but then the climactic scene and the little coda that follows seem rushed. But that's a small criticism; overall, I thoroughly enjoy the book.