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White Teeth

Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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Wonderful story and incredible performances

I loved this book. It was well written with a compelling plot.
Sometimes I feel like I missed out on something by listening to the audiobook rather than reading it in my own voice, but this was absolutely not the case with this one. The readings were outstanding and a delight to listen to. I wouldn’t just recommend this book, I would recommend the audiobook specifically.

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would have preferred a single narrator

It's very well produced. however I found the different narrators used for each part annoying and slightly confusing, esp since they all do voicds for the characters meaning that each character sounds different in each part.

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Getting through this audiobook felt like a chore

I think Zadie Smith is a great writer and inspiring individual, that being said I really didn’t enjoy this audiobook. I found the story and most of its characters quite dull and I was strained to make it through this arduous tale. Maybe it’s because I grew up and have lived in the area featured in this book and know the many people just like the characters that I found nothing fascinating in them. I also found some of the narration quite numbly delivered, although not all of it as it does have four narrators covering each quarter of the book.
I felt this story would have been best told as a comedy, yet there are very few laughs throughout the book.

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  • S. Brearley
  • 29-08-2018

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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  • KA ALVAREZ AGUILAR
  • 25-04-2019

at times, it was engaging

at times it was vvery engaging and some other times, I felt like it dragged on

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  • Janet
  • 20-03-2019

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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  • Andy Milner
  • 24-06-2019

most entertaining pause for thought

really enjoyed the narrative / social history lesson. found the changing storytellers did not add to my enjoyment and reflecting on a small piece of content from within about the disappointment felt when soap opera replaces a character with another actor.

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  • Adam Preston
  • 22-05-2019

Difficult as an audiobook

It’s acknowledged to be a complicated story with many characters intertwined families and long historys. Hysterical realism I believe one reviewer called it. And as such I found it a difficult listen. It may be easier as a paper book.

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  • Iain Kemp
  • 24-04-2019

Odd production choice

I found it an odd production choice to have four different narrators. Yes the book is divided into four sections which focus the story on different characters, but it is a third person narrative which means that the whole cast of characters is given a makeover by the new narrator.

I really enjoyed the characterisations given by Sagar Area and Pippa Bennett-Warner. Sagar's Samad Iqbal was terrific and Pippa's voicing of the younger characters was brilliant. However, like many other reviewers, I felt let down by the fourth and final narrator who seems to have made the conscious decision not to distinguish between characters (with the exception of Mickey) and gave a listless performance to much of the narration. This, unfortunately, made the story hard to follow and detracted somewhat from the climax of the novel.

The novel as a whole was very different to what I had expected (not in an unpleasant way), spanning several decades and generations of the two main families and having moments of real humour to drive the story along.

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  • 匿名
  • 14-04-2019

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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  • rachel
  • 06-04-2019

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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  • Tyson
  • 27-03-2019

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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  • Miss J. Stafford
  • 03-03-2019

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.