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Sweet Tooth | [Ian McEwan]

Sweet Tooth

Serena Frome, the beautiful daughter of an Anglican bishop, has a brief affair with an older man during her final year at Cambridge, and finds herself being groomed for the intelligence services. The year is 1972. Britain, confronting economic disaster, is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism and faces its fifth state of emergency.
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Serena Frome, the beautiful daughter of an Anglican bishop, has a brief affair with an older man during her final year at Cambridge and finds herself being groomed for the intelligence services. The year is 1972. Britain, confronting economic disaster, is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism and faces its fifth state of emergency. The Cold War has entered a moribund phase, but the fight goes on, especially in the cultural sphere.

Serena, a compulsive reader of novels, is sent on a ‘secret mission’ that brings her into the literary world of Tom Haley, a promising young writer. First she loves his stories; then she begins to love the man. Can she maintain the fiction of her undercover life? And who is inventing whom? To answer these questions, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage – trust no one.

McEwan’s mastery dazzles us in this superbly deft and witty story of betrayal and intrigue, love, and the invented self.

©2012 Ian McEwan (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Helen
    United Kingdom
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "Not what I was expecting"

    Next time I will find out a bit more about a book before I download it. I expected more of a who-dunnit. Storyline takes a long time to get going but I did get into it and wanted to keep listening when I persevered to Part 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Bishops Stortford, Herts, United Kingdom
    12/20/12
    Overall
    "Slow Burner Burnt Me Out Halfway"

    Juliet Stephenson narrates beautifully but for that I would have given up earlier.



    A fictional memoir should not attempt to imitate the tempo of a non fictional memoir. Rather it should potray a storyline that has a distinct plot and keeps up a good pace.



    I'm sure many people will enjoy this book and forgive me if this picked up later on but it was not for me, it's my own fault I should not purchase purely on the strength of the author's name.



    As to the subject matter and level of research proabably about right, the activities of MI5 were probably mainly mundane and quite unlike Ian Fleming's storylines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Borbála
    London, United Kingdom
    12/19/12
    Overall
    "A great listen"

    Very good book, loved it. Excellent writing, amazing characters and historical/social background, beautifully read. I can see why many people gave it a 5. I will only give a 5 to books that completely overwhelm me but it most definitely deserves a 4.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Ashburton, Devon, United Kingdom
    12/17/12
    Overall
    "Sweet!"

    I really enjoyed this. The reading by Juliet Stevenson is just fantastic - one of the best - and makes a good book even better.



    I think I'll be listening again. I'm sure I missed many strong clues along the way about the way the book ends.



    This reminded me in some ways of William Boyd's "Restless" and "Waiting For Sunrise" (a pretty good recommendation in itself), but also very different.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graham
    Maidenhead, United Kingdom
    10/31/12
    Overall
    "Recommended"

    I really enjoyed this. Nice tight writing, and a tidy ending. Very well narrated too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sally
    Danbury, United Kingdom
    10/23/12
    Overall
    "Worth a read - love the ending"

    I liked this book but struggled to really sympathise with the main character. However, I loved the ending - a real twist!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. Hill
    Oxford England
    10/15/12
    Overall
    "Up Market Mills and Boon"

    I enjoyed this.



    The plot is entertaining if not particularly original and it is very well narrated. The sex scenes are not too excruciating although most of them (as far as I could see) lend little to the story.



    If you want something to listen to on a journey that is well written and unchallenging this is for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iris
    Stroud, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
    10/3/12
    Overall
    "Sadly, not to taste."

    This is the first from an author long admired and respected. Having struggled to maintain interest to

    complete the first part, I am waiting for a long wait in an airport or hospital before completing. The

    narration and body of the character failed to combine into the 'heroine', and much of the time I listened,

    I had the impression that Mr McEwan was being too clever by half, at my expense.

    The essence of a story is to "believe" in the characters, whether they are good or bad. Unfortunately,

    these personalities never came off the page.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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