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Sweet Tooth Audiobook

Sweet Tooth

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Publisher's Summary

Serena Frome, the beautiful daughter of an Anglican bishop, has a brief affair with an older man during her final year at Cambridge and finds herself being groomed for the intelligence services. The year is 1972. Britain, confronting economic disaster, is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism and faces its fifth state of emergency. The Cold War has entered a moribund phase, but the fight goes on, especially in the cultural sphere.

Serena, a compulsive reader of novels, is sent on a ‘secret mission’ that brings her into the literary world of Tom Haley, a promising young writer. First she loves his stories; then she begins to love the man. Can she maintain the fiction of her undercover life? And who is inventing whom? To answer these questions, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage – trust no one.

McEwan’s mastery dazzles us in this superbly deft and witty story of betrayal and intrigue, love, and the invented self.

©2012 Ian McEwan (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Amazon Customer
    8/31/17
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    "Highest craftsmanship and imagination"

    Brilliantly sustained narrative with a final brilliant twist in the tale. I was gripped from start to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joakim Hermansson
    Falun, Sweden
    8/12/17
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    "Mature McEwan in between masterpieces"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sweet Tooth to be better than the print version?

    The audio gives a voice to the character rather than to the narrator, which gives another experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    McEwan weaves a story of stories, characters and truth, almost as a follow-up to Atonement, which actually might get lost in the flow of the audio version.


    Have you listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Juliet Stevenson is the perfect voice for this character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy
    Wiltshire UK
    3/25/17
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    "Seventies time warp"

    I loved this book. It is beautifully written and evokes the whole feel of the seventies. The research and details of MI5 are authentic and the characters are detailed and believable. I loved the ending. Well read by Juliet Stevenson who was a contemporary of mine at school.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan Whitehead
    3/18/17
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    "Sweet Tooth"

    Not one of Ian McEwan's best novels. The theme is not believable and at times the whole tale is in danger of losing its way by being too verbose and too pretentious

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crispin
    Tufnell Park, United Kingdom
    1/29/17
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    "Lovely ending"

    Interesting credible lead character. Authors know best about being authors and that is,in part, what this novel is about. The spy aspect is kept me guessing too and references one of my favourite true spy stories of the second world war.

    One of my favourite novels.

    If you enjoyed Restless you might like this. They have several similarities apart from the girl in a red dress on the cover!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • peter
    Szentendre, Hungary
    3/17/13
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    "TOOTHLESS..."

    at the first glance it’s far from being bad, but I was expecting much more. was expecting a couple of stings or bites in retro style. the author’s talent is evident - as with Solar - where he also missed a grand opportunity and my full attention. when one’s writing becomes manneristic, a long winded stylistic exercise of self-serving loops of bravura, it’s time to take a leave of absence, in preparation for another “Atonement”. Juliet Stevenson saved the day. Not the first time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nicholas
    Bourne, United Kingdom
    2/26/13
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    "Well written but, ultimately, not that interesting"

    This is the first Ian McEwan novel that I have read or listened to. It is well written and no doubt very clever in places. The trouble is, I found it very tedious. Nothing much of interest happens and after 3 hours in I must admit to getting restless. Another 5 hours in and I was seriously considering giving up. I stuck it out though, not because I particularly wanted to find out what happened, but because Ian McEwan is a highly rated writer and I thought there must be more here if I just stick with it.



    This is a book, I think, about deception, perception, plus a lot about the art of writing itself, all good stuff. The narrator is looking back on an early episode in her life which, unfortunately, she manages to convey in a manner which made it seem tedious. When summarising events it sounds quite good, but somehow becomes dreary and uninteresting in the telling. Yes, there's lots of everyday detail but you need to balance this against dramatic events. Much has been said about the twist at the end, but as twists go its ok. It doesn't make you go 'wow'. When you reflect on it you realise that, yes, it's not surprising that it should end that way and it is appropriate to the story.



    I think this book is best read rather than listened to. I'm sure that there is a lot hidden in the text that I missed and would have benefitted from re-reading passages to gain that extra insight. Only three stars though for being clever and well written but ultimately not that interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nigel Nicholson
    London England
    2/8/13
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    "entertaining but slight"

    This is a nice way to pass the time, but the novel is very thin from what one is used to from McEwan, from whom one always expects some penetrating insights into human nature and philosophical ideas. I would almost call this a pot-boiling,- it's superior to most novels in this vein but not much. Disappointing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pete Lachaise
    Rayleigh, United Kingdom
    1/27/13
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    "Well its not Atonement!"

    I am a fan of Ian McEwan. That said I think I am objective in my reviews. Being a fan doesn’t mean that you like all of your favourite’s works and I regret this is one of my least liked.



    It started well for me. Good idea, colourful characters, interesting subplot and a pleasure to read. By the end the tale seemed to get bogged down and the plot seemed to be lacking. The prose is excellent. McEwan always is and a delight to read but that does not save the book for me. This isn’t another Atonement or even Cement garden I am afraid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joanna
    France
    12/24/12
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    "Clever but a bit dreary."

    This book has a very strong atmosphere, it left me depressed even though I respected the style, the reading was good and I was intrigued by the plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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