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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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    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.

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    Amazon Customer 02-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "slow dialogue with stuff happening in between"

    slow tedious dialogue punctuated by short bursts of narrative progression.

    started three times. I tried... really I tried...
    couldn't finish it.

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    Shelley Costantini 11-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Good read"

    Entertaining with twist and turns. Surprising ending. Characters were well played by the narrators. Interesting story line with all of the different lives woven in.

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    Vicki CAMERON, SC, United States 11-01-15
    Vicki CAMERON, SC, United States 11-01-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Horrible teeth"

    White Teeth was the worst book I have ever listened to. I try not to fall into the trap of complaining about the narrator. However, the narrator's constant switching between horrible English & Indian accents was sickening. DO NOT waste your credit on this book.

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    Amanda 09-20-15
    Amanda 09-20-15
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    "Great characters, flopped story"

    Pros: This book had some really interesting and colorful characters. There were laugh out loud moments, especially involving Alsana (my favorite character).

    Cons: This story and characters tried really hard to go somewhere and certainly thinks it was a deep book that went somewhere. For me, it never got there. I waited for hours listening... Fading off while the author went on long tangents. The characters never developed. I didn't care about any of them.

    Further, the reader was almost impossible to listen to. Her ability to do accents was great, but she was loud and shrill in her natural stance, even when the characters were not. Her voice irritated me so that I needed to walk away frequently or lower the volume or take my headphones out. And she had this back of the throat saliva slapping sound, like a bubble popping behind her tongue that needed to be swallowed. So gross. Drink some water when you narrate!!

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    UA UNCW Wilmington, NC 08-21-15
    UA UNCW Wilmington, NC 08-21-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Better heard than read"

    This is an astonishingly good novel, with incredibly quirky characters, but I think it's even better heard. This is one of the most creative and superb narrations I've encountered. The narrator is more actress than reader, and she understands just how to get the most out of each word. Switching back and forth between the Kindle version and the Audible, I can see that the narrator also makes the book more clear. I bought this book because it has been so well reviewed by literary critics, but I strongly encourage interested people to listen. As good as it is on the page (and it is), it comes to life through the narration.

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    NK Flagstaff, AZ 08-16-15
    NK Flagstaff, AZ 08-16-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Great but Overlong"

    Very well done but I would have loved it at two thirds the length. . Many of the scenes would be far stronger if trimmed.

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    Gary Sarasota, FL, United States 08-09-15
    Gary Sarasota, FL, United States 08-09-15 Member Since 2005
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    "Couldn't finish"
    Any additional comments?

    Other that the Billy Crystal book this is the only book I couldn't finish since I joined Audible many many years ago. I just couldn't get to where I cared about the characters.

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    Saman Houston, TX, United States 07-31-15
    Saman Houston, TX, United States 07-31-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Funny, Sad, Mesmerizing..."

    In this novel, Zadie Smith has woven a spectacular narrative around a set of idiosyncratic characters in their daily wacky lives spanning generations. It is a hilarious and yet sometimes frustrating novel (in a good way if that is possible) which encompasses many a human trait. Ridiculous as it sounds, but once you enter this world, it is almost impossible to escape.

    The story weaves around two families with the patriarchs having met and formed a lifelong friendship in WWII. As they grow older, marry, migrate, have children, and fight their inner demons, we are presented with a captivating story of London in the 70s, 80s and 90s. It is a very British story that highlights a liberal Englishman and a Bangladeshi immigrant who is overcoming his own unique challenges. The story is made more colorful by the crazy and sometimes violent wives, improbable science, and children of mixed marriages fighting for their own identities.

    I loved this story and you will laugh as much as I did whilst reading this wonderful book.

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    James Lambropoulos 07-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrible Editing"

    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.

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