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White Teeth

Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
4 out of 5 stars (110 ratings)
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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of White Teeth by Zadie Smith, read by Lenny Henry, Sagar Arya, Pippa Bennett-Warner and Ray Panthaki.

Zadie Smith's White Teeth is a classic international best seller and an unforgettable portrait of London.

One of the most talked about fictional debuts ever, White Teeth is a funny, generous, big-hearted novel, adored by critics and readers alike. Dealing - among many other things - with friendship, love, war, three cultures and three families over three generations, one brown mouse, and the tricky way the past has of coming back and biting you on the ankle, it is a life-affirming, riotous must-listen.

©2018 Zadie Smith (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic reviews

"Funny, clever...and a rollicking good read." (Independent)

"An astonishingly assured but, funny and serious...I was delighted." (Salman Rushdie)

"The almost preposterous talent was clear from the first pages." (Julian Barnes, Guardian

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Spoilt by uneven narration

This is a great story but not a great audiobook. There doesn't seem to be any logic to having four different narrators and two of them are awful. Lenny Henry starts off brilliantly, only to be succeeded by Sagar Arya who gives every character the same voice and accent. Pippa Bennet-Warner retrieves things a little (although she's not as good as Lenny) but the final section is given to Ray Panthaki who completely murders the denouement of the novel. He puts emphasis in the wrong places and clearly is often just reading out the words with no idea of what the sentence means. Don't they have producers for these things?

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fantastic

This was a great audiobook, I loved the changing voices! and the swift movement through the book. I really recommend this audiobook!

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Spoiled by Final Narrator

Unfortunately the whole book was ruined for me by the last narrator who was emotionless, shouty, and constantly confused me due to his monotone voice.

The other narrators were great though.

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Sadie is Amazing

The four narrator thing is a bit odd, each time they change it takes a little adapting as all the characters voices change. Other than that though: absolute tour de force of British literature, truly brilliant!

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Interesting story, but I was unmoved

The characters were well defined, each having their own quirky background story. They all come together at the tense theatrical denouement after a meandering storyline told from the perspectives of the different protagonists. I can understand why this book was so popular and well-reviewed. It was vital and compelling.
For some reason I did not enjoy it as much as I expected, and I am struggling to understand why. It could be that I find London too ordinary and depressing. It could be that I had no empathy with any character. It could be the narration that started well with Lenny Henry, but lacked energy and emotion by the end.

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Epic but dull story

Struggled with this. Well written and is obviously a 'good' story' but such a dull narrative. I found listening to it an effort. Unfortunately also that the final reader didn't use different voices for the actors.

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Great writing. But the change of readers was off-putting. Tha last reader was a nightmare. Sorry.

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Good narration, shame about the narrative.

The book showed much promise, strong opening narration by Lenny Henry. However that doesn’t save the somewhat empty narrative.

The most engaging characters Irie, Millat & Magid however appear to be short changed.

It felt like the novel was strung out, and needed a good edit to get it down to something more concise.

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great book

Great book, great production. The breadth of the story was huge and so many stands were teased out, then bought back together across a diverse set of lives.

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Wow best book I have listen to in ages.

This is a fantastic book performed brilliantly by all the narrators. The character are interesting. Funny, thought provoking, emotional and sad.

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