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White Teeth Audiobook

White Teeth

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Publisher's Summary

Archie's life has disintegrated. Fresh from a dead marriage, middle-aged Archie stretches out a vacuum hose, seals up his car and prepares to die. But unbeknownst to him, his darkest hour is also his luckiest day. With the opening of a butcher's shop, his life is saved, and soon he is on his way to beginning a new life with a young Jamaican woman looking for the last man on earth.

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.

©2000 Zadie Smith; (P)2001 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"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)

What Members Say

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    Suzanne 07-23-07
    Suzanne 07-23-07
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    "Wow, what a book!!"

    I do not know how she does it, but Zadie Smith captures you and you are there. You know these people.

    Thank you Ms. Smith

    Suzanne

    12 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Benny Profane Scottsdale, AZ, United States 07-23-16
    Benny Profane Scottsdale, AZ, United States 07-23-16 Member Since 2013

    RKM

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    "Even more relevant now..."

    White Teeth was published in 2000, and that mundane note becomes pretty damn important when you read the book, which touches on the immigrant experience and how that might lead to dabbling in.... well, terrorism.

    That's decidedly not what this book is about -- it's about people and families and identity and the like -- but it's a connective tissue all readers in 2016 certainly will feel. Sure, that's about Smith's perhaps unintentional prescience, but it's also about how societal issues can heat from tepid to a roiling boil.

    Fact is, I read this book when it came out, hotly hyped, and didn't particularly enjoy it. My explanation was pretty typical "I didn't like any of the characters." Yet reading it 16 or so years later, as I have a wife and family now, it connected with me much more deeply. Further, Jenny Sterlin's narration is nothing short of exceptional. I'd venture the idea that in a book where there is such a diversity of accents, you almost need the Audible experience to properly digest this sprawling, multi-voiced story.

    And I gotta say I had no recollection about how freaking funny this book is. There are parts that are comic genius that blew past me during my first, exasperated reading that Sterlin captures perfectly.

    So that's might ultimate judgment here: If you haven't read this book, you should listen to it. And if you've read it, you probably should give it a run on Audible because the experience will deepen and expand upon your recollection of your previous reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-11-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Couldn't finish"

    Absolutely could not keep my interest. I kept listening, hoping it would get better, then I realized life is too short for bad books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sharon crasnow tarzana, ca USA 05-24-16
    sharon crasnow tarzana, ca USA 05-24-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Amazing book - edited poorly for audible"

    The book is great but there is an error in the audio/chapter breaks that has them come at the wrong time making the actual chapter breaks come in the middle of the digital chapters and sentences crammed on top of one another when the digital chapter switches over mid actual chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jenn & Nikunj Bethesda, MD 03-18-16
    Jenn & Nikunj Bethesda, MD 03-18-16
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    "Fantastic audible book"

    Excellent book thick with interesting themes related to identity and connections to the past. The reader was superb!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alice Rayner 03-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Best Book I've Ever Listened To"

    This book is incredible. The memories pile up as you follow the characters through their lives in a way I've never experienced before. The performance contributed effectively without being distracting. Magnificent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teja 03-09-16
    Teja 03-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating!"

    The story line really is amazing. Three generations have their stories blended together showing that fate cannot be escaped.
    The narrator gets her accents mixed up once in a while but that's the only bad part.

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    D Houston, TX United States 02-24-16
    D Houston, TX United States 02-24-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Engaging and hilarious"

    Engaging story with skillful characterization. Narrator was slow-paced in many passages, but colorful. The humor is refreshing.

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    pete BRIGHAM CITY, UT, United States 02-23-16
    pete BRIGHAM CITY, UT, United States 02-23-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't wait to finish"

    There are some interesting ideas and insights in this book. Unfortunately, they're completely swamped by the many obvious, implausible, silly, and downright ridiculous elements that I found myself more and more anxious to finish the book. Not so I could find out how it ends, but just so it would end. I kept thinking this must have been written for 'young adults,' but clearly it wasn't. It's just not very well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Av 02-15-16
    Av 02-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Good portrayal of immigrant experience in England"

    A good fictional representation of how immigrants in England relate today and connect to the colonial history of the lands they are from. It was an engaging read but the ending kind of tried to do too much and lost me. Also, as someone from Jamaica, I felt some aspects of the culture and story there were not as accurate as they could be but still enjoyed most of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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