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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?

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Too long and rambling

I listened to the end but, some bits were just too rambling and boring. I stuck it out but won’t want to listen again.

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  • 05-07-18

Not really my kind of book

I chose this book because I had found it recommended by a newspaper article on books of the year over the last twenty years. I didn't really enjoy it and found it hard to finish. However it did come to a rounded and satisfactory conclusion.

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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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  • 09-07-18

great book, lenny henry cant do accents

Count how many times a new accent is required, and count how many times Lenny chooses an ill fitted blend of nigerian and indian. its miraculous. Italian? Nope. Bengali? Nope. Swedish? Not even close. His talent for consistantly terrible accents is impressive in its own right. Download for a great book narrated bizarely.

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Disappointing

Flashes of good writing and good insights interspersed by a mass of verbiage. I had looked forward to reading this book but found it dated and often boring despite talented narrators.

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