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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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    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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    Julie McCallum-Allen 06-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "good book"

    challenging book to have on audio but reader did a great job with the different accents.

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    Marquel Herbert 06-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Long"

    It was long but Jenny's voice was so fascinating hearing her narrate this and each voice was distinctive, they were all different which is what I liked. The downfall was that the story itself was kind of drawn out adding unnecessary scenes that ceased me from fully enjoying it.

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    Peri 06-04-17
    Peri 06-04-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Jenny Sterlin is amazing!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    absolutely


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

    The characters were memorable. They are flawed but written lovingly and loving of each other.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are so many vignettes. I love the bar room scenes.


    If you could rename White Teeth, what would you call it?

    The Melting Pot Pressure-cooker Comedy


    Any additional comments?

    Jenny Sterlin made Zadie Smith's characters 3D and considering the diversity, this was an astounding feat. I want to listen again to re-enter the world of these struggling humans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ShariFromTX 05-31-17
    ShariFromTX 05-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Of course it's critically acclaimed."

    After all, don't literary critics often relish the story of dysfunctional families/lives told with excessive verbosity? So much of this novel seemed unnecessary. The characters were generally unlikeable which may have been the point but made reading this novel rather painful. I will admit to having an appreciation for some of the themes, but no enjoyment of this novel as a whole. However the narrator did an exceptional job with the accents and captures the emotions of this cast of characters quite well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Overall amazing!"

    The story is hilarious, witty, and riveting, and the narrator does an excellent job brining it to life! Felt like watching a movie.

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    Amazon Customer 05-09-17
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    "best reader. great story"

    The reader totally nailed many of the dialects. The story was rich, complex, and surprising. Loved it!

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    Bonnie L. Hastings Bonjovi 05-09-17
    Bonnie L. Hastings Bonjovi 05-09-17 Member Since 2016

    Bonjovi

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    "Good characters, too many asides"

    I love Zadie Smith's writing. The characters in White Teeth are so well fleshed out, and you understand their frailties and motivations so well. It was a really interesting saga about three families and explores relevant themes such as race, what it's like to be an immigrant, and parents' expectations for their children. However, all the backstory gets tedious at times, and I thought the book ended somewhat abruptly.

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