Drawing you in with the immediacy of her tantalizing wit, Zadie Smith sets herself apart as a defining voice of contemporary literature. Her internationally acclaimed novel boldly and humorously bridges three London families across a cultural and generational divide.
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"The scrambled, heterogeneous sprawl of mixed-race and immigrant family life in gritty London nearly overflows the bounds of this stunning, polymathic debut novel." (Publishers Weekly)
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.
The story was terrific. The narrator"s performance likewise. The editing of the audio file was terrible and distracting. Book chapters aligned in no way whatsoever with the file chapter markers. Section breaks in the text were often edited so closely together that the change in scene was not immediately apparent, because the narration continued as if it were all a single paragraph. This led to a situation where I could not trust what was happening during the climactic scene, because it went back and forth between two scenes across time, and I had come to feel suspicious of any abrupt changes in the narrative. Incredibly distracting, and an example of how lack of attention to the production itself can take away from enjoyment of the text.
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.
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.
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