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Sweet Tooth | [Ian McEwan]

Sweet Tooth

Winner of such prestigious honors as the Booker Prize and Whitbread Award, Ian McEwan is justifiably regarded as a modern master. Set in 1972, Sweet Tooth follows Cambridge student Serena Frome, whose intelligence and beauty land her a job with England's intelligence agency, MI5. In an attempt to monitor writers' politics, MI5 tasks Serena with infiltrating the literary circle of author Tom Healy. But soon matters of trust and identity subvert the operation.
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Publisher's Summary

Winner of such prestigious honors as the Booker Prize and Whitbread Award, Ian McEwan is justifiably regarded as a modern master. Set in 1972, Sweet Tooth follows Cambridge student Serena Frome, whose intelligence and beauty land her a job with England's intelligence agency, MI5. In an attempt to monitor writers' politics, MI5 tasks Serena with infiltrating the literary circle of author Tom Healy. But soon matters of trust and identity subvert the operation.

©2012 Ian McEwan (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

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    Bette 03-18-13
    Bette 03-18-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Too Clever by Half..."

    I came close to abandoning Sweet Tooth at about the two thirds mark. On the surface, Ian McEwan's Serena Frome is yet another poorly crafted unreliable narrator from the UK's literary in-crowd, but well- it's Ian McEwan so I stuck with it. I suspected the discussion of various 'literary tricks' (Serena's term, not mine) peppered throughout the novel would eventually be applied to this tale of espionage, literature, love and naivete.
    I was not disappointed: not really. Those literary discussions do indeed telegraph to the the reader what's really going on: it’s all very clever and exquisitely crafted with not a stitch dropped, a superfluous word or clue misplaced in this literary mystery.

    The problem is Serena. My mind accompanied Juliet Stevenson's superb reading of Sweet Tooth with a constant harangue of “what a TWIT!”. In the end, the reader is made privy to the reasons for Serena's utter twitiness, but in order to get there, one suffers through her entire banal, twitty narrative. McEwan made one mistake, holding himself back too much with that voice: he seems to have forgotten the reader in all his clever construction. That one mistake prevents Sweet Tooth from being a masterpiece.

    Impressed as I was with Sweet Tooth, the reader has to work too hard to arrive at a resolution to the mystery of Serena Frome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter 02-25-13
    Peter 02-25-13
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    "I struggled."
    Would you try another book from Ian McEwan and/or Juliet Stevenson?

    No


    Has Sweet Tooth turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'll be more cautious when chosing.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Juliet Stevenson?

    She was great, excellent job.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The ending was clever. It was a nice way to finish a boring story.


    Any additional comments?

    Our book club choose this book based on reviews, however, only 5 out of 12 of us were able to finish it.
    The great thing about Audiobooks is that I put on my headphones and head out for a run and have to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    F. Burke 02-23-13
    F. Burke 02-23-13

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    "Just not captivating"
    What was most disappointing about Ian McEwan’s story?

    The main character was just dull. Not worth reading a book about.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator read the main character as a bit haughty, rather than crafty and cunning. The narration might have worked better if the character hadn't seemed like such a naif.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked Atonement, don't assume this will be enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Kate CT 02-09-13
    Sarah Kate CT 02-09-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Another wonderful offering from Ian McEwan"

    This is just a wonderful book. Ian McEwan takes us into a precise moment in history through the eyes of characters who are always tough to pin down. The novel is rich in detail and plays out through the eyes of a wonderful heroine. The narrator does a great job of capturing different voices for the main characters. I truly loved this book and highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 01-31-13
    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 01-31-13 Member Since 2004

    I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.

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    "not even close to Jacqueline Spears"
    Would you try another book from Ian McEwan and/or Juliet Stevenson?

    No. The characters are pretty flat and some seem without souls.


    What three words best describe Juliet Stevenson’s performance?

    Okay for material.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It got me through some housework, having nothing better to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm finished with this author.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dean Philadelphia, Pa, United States 01-21-13
    Dean Philadelphia, Pa, United States 01-21-13
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    "A little dull"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Usually like his stuff. Wasn't that interesting for a lot of reasons. Silly main character, end twist not that amazing, somewhat contrived.


    What could Ian McEwan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Try harder


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Monotonous at times


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe next time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marion 01-15-13
    Marion 01-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Laborious until the end"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was very disappointed with this book and had to force myself to finish it. It seemed to go on interminably. Finally, about the last quarter (or less) of the story, my interest in the characters and plot line picked up. Still, for me, it was a waste of my time on a very contrived, unmemorable and uninteresting story that was billed as a "mystery." It was a mystery why it took sooooo long to get to anything remotely like real intrigue. It just plodded along at a snail's pace as did the narrator. Perhaps because I found the story so boring, it seemed that the narrator was reading extra slowly and flatly. Most likely, she was trying to portray the bland and blase nature of the character, but it just seemed dull to me.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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