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.
Most definitely. It took me a few years to actually finish the print version because I could not stick with it.
Archie was my favorite because he epitomized the "everyman" in all of us.
I could actually see the characters through her voice.
I would take Clara, because I would want to find out why she felt that she needed to marry Archie in order to "escape" her life. I'd ask if she thought that Archie was in fact necessary to save her life.
Zadie Smith's books are very complex, and after listening to this great performance of "White Teeth," I hope to have the chance to listen to her other works.
Yes, this is an excellent book: the plot, the language, the humour and intelligence, the sensitivity to different cultures...So many smart and hilarious lines. Sometimes I wished I had something to write down those brilliant lines. And the reader's performance was excellent! She did the accents so well! She just rbough the characters to life just with her intonations and accents. Just brilliant.
All! All characters are described so well - enough details without boring you and in such a funny and discerning manner too. If I had to choose a character it would have to be Assana.
Not really. It's very rich and flows very well so it wasn't a problem to listen to it over several sittings (or dog walks :). It's long so it would be difficult to listen to it in one sitting.
Brillian writing. Brilliant story. Brilliant reading.
White Teeth has real guts as a story. 2 self absorbed families with second generation migrant children, you can't help but adore each of the characters even while infuriated by their faults (which are many). I loved this story. An easy read with such beautiful prose & a fantastic storyline that leaves you quietly smiling.
Archie & Clara's meeting & subsequent marriage is a disaster waiting to happen - and yet, in all of the events of the book it turns out to have some of the sanest consequences.
The reveal at the end (no spoilers) was my favourite scene. Every single character in the book appears in this scene & while there is no full resolution there is an oddly satisfactory conclusion.
Clara & her daughter are adorable character who you just love & who you'd like to rescue from the dysfunctional family situation of both Hortense & Archie. Archie & Samal are delightful while frankly irritating. The relationship between them is unique in that the only people they do not irritate are each other. Apologies for spelling of names - only problem with reading books in audio (outweighed by the benefits of course).
Read this book.
living in los angeles I drive a lot, so audio books save me from a lot of frustration!
This satiric look at British culture bounces all over the place, but although somewhat lacking in structure, the author's voice is so unique that I could listen to it all over again. The narration was one of the best I have ever heard.
I truly did like "On Beauty" and though that I'd try another Zadie Smith. I listened to the sample before buying, and the reader was pleasant enough. BUT that was the reader doing the third-person narrative. Had no idea of quite how horrible she'd be with the voices. I thought I'd get used to it, but just got more and more annoying. Had to give up.