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White Teeth | [Zadie Smith]

White Teeth

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.
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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)

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    james Chicago, IL, United States 02-25-13
    james Chicago, IL, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Audio file messed up"
    What disappointed you about White Teeth?

    The chapters don't line up to the audio breaks and I'm pretty sure it skips over some text toward the end.


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    Shelley Field, British Columbia, Canada 02-12-13
    Shelley Field, British Columbia, Canada 02-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Long Listen - But Worth It!"
    Where does White Teeth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Jenny Sterlin – was your favorite?

    I loved how the narrator performed Alsana.


    Who was the most memorable character of White Teeth and why?

    For me the most memorable character was Irie Jones. I loved how she became her own person toward the end of the book.


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    Paul BETHESDA, MD, United States 02-11-13
    Paul BETHESDA, MD, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Terrific Read"
    Where does White Teeth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The author is clever, witty, articulate and imaginative. The reader is terrific. This book is a great read. Amongst the best I've read.


    What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

    Overall terrific.


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    Emilian O'Shea Ayotha Amirtha Gangai 01-29-13
    Emilian O'Shea Ayotha Amirtha Gangai 01-29-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Multicultural"
    What did you love best about White Teeth?

    The story line and the characters are fantastic, Samad Iqbal made me laugh so much with his continous contradictions!!


    What other book might you compare White Teeth to and why?

    Maybe the Satanic Verses for it's multicultural references


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Yes, the novel is funnier than what is narrated. She sometimes reads too slow, making some the dialogues dull when they’re actually hilarious.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 01-23-13
    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great writing, superb narration"

    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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    Sunny Everson Boston, MA 09-30-12
    Sunny Everson Boston, MA 09-30-12 Member Since 2011

    Diva

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    "COM-PLI-CA-TED!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of White Teeth to be better than the print version?

    Most definitely. It took me a few years to actually finish the print version because I could not stick with it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Archie was my favorite because he epitomized the "everyman" in all of us.


    What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

    I could actually see the characters through her voice.


    If you could take any character from White Teeth out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take Clara, because I would want to find out why she felt that she needed to marry Archie in order to "escape" her life. I'd ask if she thought that Archie was in fact necessary to save her life.


    Any additional comments?

    Zadie Smith's books are very complex, and after listening to this great performance of "White Teeth," I hope to have the chance to listen to her other works.

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    Maha New Cairo, Egypt 01-25-12
    Maha New Cairo, Egypt 01-25-12
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    "Absolutely Brilliant!!"
    Would you listen to White Teeth again? Why?

    Yes, this is an excellent book: the plot, the language, the humour and intelligence, the sensitivity to different cultures...So many smart and hilarious lines. Sometimes I wished I had something to write down those brilliant lines. And the reader's performance was excellent! She did the accents so well! She just rbough the characters to life just with her intonations and accents. Just brilliant.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All! All characters are described so well - enough details without boring you and in such a funny and discerning manner too. If I had to choose a character it would have to be Assana.


    Have you listened to any of Jenny Sterlin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really. It's very rich and flows very well so it wasn't a problem to listen to it over several sittings (or dog walks :). It's long so it would be difficult to listen to it in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Brillian writing. Brilliant story. Brilliant reading.

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    Rochelle 01-15-12
    Rochelle 01-15-12
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    "An exquisite piece from Zadie Smith"
    Would you listen to White Teeth again? Why?

    White Teeth has real guts as a story. 2 self absorbed families with second generation migrant children, you can't help but adore each of the characters even while infuriated by their faults (which are many). I loved this story. An easy read with such beautiful prose & a fantastic storyline that leaves you quietly smiling.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of White Teeth?

    Archie & Clara's meeting & subsequent marriage is a disaster waiting to happen - and yet, in all of the events of the book it turns out to have some of the sanest consequences.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The reveal at the end (no spoilers) was my favourite scene. Every single character in the book appears in this scene & while there is no full resolution there is an oddly satisfactory conclusion.


    Who was the most memorable character of White Teeth and why?

    Clara & her daughter are adorable character who you just love & who you'd like to rescue from the dysfunctional family situation of both Hortense & Archie. Archie & Samal are delightful while frankly irritating. The relationship between them is unique in that the only people they do not irritate are each other. Apologies for spelling of names - only problem with reading books in audio (outweighed by the benefits of course).


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen los angeles, CA, United States 11-29-11
    Karen los angeles, CA, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2013

    living in los angeles I drive a lot, so audio books save me from a lot of frustration!

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    "An amazing voice from a new author!"

    This satiric look at British culture bounces all over the place, but although somewhat lacking in structure, the author's voice is so unique that I could listen to it all over again. The narration was one of the best I have ever heard.

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    Monica Warren, RI, United States 07-28-11
    Monica Warren, RI, United States 07-28-11 Member Since 2006
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    "May have been interesting, bad reader"

    I truly did like "On Beauty" and though that I'd try another Zadie Smith. I listened to the sample before buying, and the reader was pleasant enough. BUT that was the reader doing the third-person narrative. Had no idea of quite how horrible she'd be with the voices. I thought I'd get used to it, but just got more and more annoying. Had to give up.

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