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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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    Michael Cox San Diego, CA USA 10-28-16
    Michael Cox San Diego, CA USA 10-28-16 Member Since 2012

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    "Aimless"

    This book was well written, with some very funny moments, and it was beautifully performed; I loved Jenny Sterlin's accents, but after enduring 13 rambling chapters I had to quite, it was just too boring, with no apparent plot line. I just couldn't stop thinking about how much time I was wasting, and the next book on my reading list.

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sue 08-05-10
    Sue 08-05-10
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    "Awful"

    Apostate. Awful. I started reading because of the reviews. It contains a lot of unnecessary language. It was a little weird and then it got into religion. Not what I listen for.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley La Crosse, WI, United States 03-28-09
    Bradley La Crosse, WI, United States 03-28-09 Member Since 2013
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    "White Teeth"

    A good read, a fantastic reader, but all the absurd coincidences and implausible plot turns ruined it for me in the end.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra St. Louis, MO, United States 05-07-10
    Sandra St. Louis, MO, United States 05-07-10 Member Since 2007
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    "I just didn't get it!"

    I wanted to like this book. Between the reviews on here and on Amazon, I thought I was going to like it. The narrator had a really annoying accent, but that aside, I could not get into the story. The characters are shallow and not well developed enough to make you care about the story. When the author does spend time developing characters, it seems like a misguided focus on mundane aspects of their lives. I even tried fast forwarding through a large part of the middle of the story, hoping it would get better later, but that did not happen. I could not spend over 23 hours of my life on this book. 9 hours were enough to make me want my credits back!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-23-07 Member Since 2014
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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

    13 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Ann Holtzman Chapel Hill NC 03-09-09
    Carol Ann Holtzman Chapel Hill NC 03-09-09 Listener Since 2009

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    "White Teeth gets boring!"

    I thought I'd really like this book. I enjoyed it initially, but then it started to drag and I've now lost interest entirely. I made it through about 4 hrs. and am giving up.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Rice, VA, United States 08-06-08
    Joan Rice, VA, United States 08-06-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Please save your time"

    I thought this book would NEVER end. Why I finished it, I know not. Guess after investing so much time in it, I figured I'd hang in till the end. First of all, the narrater was excellent. Her various accents added much to the humor of the story. The writer is also way above average - many, many funny moments, great character development. Yet the story was just a waste. I kept waiting for a tidy ending - it never happened. Suffice it to say, I was relieved and glad to be finished with this.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel COLUMBUS, OH, United States 09-14-12
    Rachel COLUMBUS, OH, United States 09-14-12

    I read all sorts of books from various non-fiction to YA fantasy. Love them all!

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    "Clever, but crude"

    I was unable to finish reading this book, so can not give an overall view of it. But I CAN say why I gave up on it.

    Although I found the characters to be interesting and the narrative to be clever and funny, the constant crudity and obscenities grated on me. If crudity and obscenities bother you, this is NOT the book for you. If you like politically incorrect social satire, and don't mind a bit of crudity, I think you might like this book. :)

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Debra 03-07-09
    Debra 03-07-09
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    "Could not finish it"

    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.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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