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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)

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    R. Hughes seattle, wa 01-16-17
    R. Hughes seattle, wa 01-16-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Fabulous story"

    I loved the humor and humanity of the characters and the story. It is so easy to paint two dimensional caricatures of those "others" and this story transcends.

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    Peggy 12-27-16
    Peggy 12-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "LOVED IT! IT'S HILLARIOUS & SHOULD BE A NETFLIX.."
    What did you love best about White Teeth?

    I just sent off this memo to Netflix... I couldn't wait to finish the book.

    "I have enjoyed this book immensely and the more I've gotten into it-(I'm almost done), the more I imagine Netflix turning this into a series. The book has everything: interesting and intelligent characters, diversity up the ying yang, poignancy, insight into east & western cultures...and best of all done with such humour! I have not read anything this funny in so long; sly and blatant both! Please please please consider it!!! Also, just wanted to mention that I have been listening to this on Audible, the book narrated by Jenny Sterlin. She does an amazing job and if you haven't heard this, DO listen! She defines and illuminates this book like nobody I've ever listened to. Her take is the one you need to go after!"


    What did you like best about this story?

    I don't have the words... This book is so clever, so intelligent and so funny!!!!
    It's got everything.


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

    I have listened to her read other books (Elizabeth George books?). She's a fine narrator, no complaints. But the book, of course, has much to do with how much you can achieve as a narrator. This is such a good book for Jenny to read, and she just get's it! She gets these characters and illuminates them, she helps us see them, really see them. I feel like she and the author must be sympatico souls, on the same wave length, everything "fit"! And, well I just know I wouldn't have gotten as much from this book if I'd read only the print version.


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

    Really good question for this book. The characters are flawed of course, but all quite likable.
    I think I'd have to pick Alsana...she is a hoot and says it like she sees it. A great example of being somewhat entrenched in the culture from which she derives, but also able to see how the new culture (she & her family are British transplants from Bangladesh) is influencing her young sons and herself and how miserable her husband, Samad, is because he refuses to see anything apart from his Bangal (?) beliefs and traditions! She is quite a modern woman emerging from an old culture entrenched in tradition.
    But I also loved Irie (I picture her as the Narrator for the Netflix series I imagine). Also one of the few characters who you feel like she "sees" what's going on all around her; she understands the dynamics of these people, what motivates them, what drives them. Both Alsana and Irie are characters who ground the reader and bring us back from the brink of unreality, that feels like insanity some times. This is kind of wild and crazy ride of a book really.


    Any additional comments?

    Be patient reader. It took a bit before I really got excited about this book, but not too long. It takes time to get to know a character well. I wouldn't change a thing, because the beginning stories which follow the patriarchs of the two main families, are really necessary. Their story and all of the individual stories each character has, is told subsequently, and together, they pull you into the midst of these families in a way that you feel like you really "know" them and even understand them quite well. Maybe you even belong to them.

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    Deep 12-17-16
    Deep 12-17-16
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    "Bored"

    not a great book it is confusing and plain. very very very very boring to read.

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    Jody 12-13-16
    Jody 12-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A true gem"

    I was thoroughly entertained and enthralled! The book itself is a gem, but the incredible narration is what puts it over the top. Highly highly recommended!

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    Dianne 12-01-16
    Dianne 12-01-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Narrator is excellent but the story ....."

    This story is so tedious I can't finish. What a disappointment--but the narrator has been excellent.

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    BarristerMom 11-30-16
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    "Couldn't get into it"

    I tried but it seemed to drag on without ever catching my interest. Good narration but too slow to capture my attention and make me want to get past chapter 4.

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    Michael Walter 11-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "What a waste of 23 hours."

    Worst book I've ever listened to or read. Rambling and disconnected. Good for insomniacs - you won't need any sleep aids.

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    Suzanne Weatherman Ozarks 11-11-16
    Suzanne Weatherman Ozarks 11-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Thumbs up!"

    Stellar narration! Don't miss this performance and yes the story is good and enlightening. Listen!

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    Timothy Byrne Seattle, WA United States 10-23-16
    Timothy Byrne Seattle, WA United States 10-23-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Great characters and a great epic arc"

    The characters are all great, well developed, interesting. The overall structure of the story is also great though it becomes a little contrived by the end. It's very engaging throughout, and the great performance enhances that.

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    Karen Starr 08-26-16
    Karen Starr 08-26-16
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    "Just Read It!"

    Arguably the best fiction writer of our time. I read it again and again, about once a year. I also highly recommend Zadie Smith's On Beauty.

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