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If you could sum up Sweet Tooth in three words, what would they be?
Clever, empathetic and intriguing
What other book might you compare Sweet Tooth to and why?
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes- they are both brilliantly observed memoirs that utterly capture the essence of youth and early love affairs. Sweet Tooth is, however, vastly superior in my opinion with a more interesting story.
Which scene was your favorite?
The ending is superb.
If you could rename Sweet Tooth, what would you call it?
I couldn't/ wouldn't.
Any additional comments?
Great narration and delivery and a thoroughly enjoying listen. Just the right length, tense, taught and interesting.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to Sweet Tooth again? Why?
Yes, absolutely! Beautiful read and well-wriiten, it drove me into an almost trance-like hazy. The world so realistically sculptured by both Ian and Juliet, I began to feel like I came home to the story at the end of the day.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Sweet Tooth?
The ending was one of those, "oh my word, did I hear that right?" moments. Rarely do plots surprise me, this one did and for that I am grateful
Have you listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes, she is one voice that neither intrudes on the story nor fails to instil the necessary emotion - she is the perfect balance
Any additional comments?
Fabulous book from a great author, exquisitely read!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed this book, the experience made more pleasurable by Juliet Stevenson's brilliant narration.
I think that although McEwan's best work may be behind him, for me - at least - he remains Britain's best contemporary writer.
The ending is typical McEwan, and the build-up is expertly managed, as one would expect. At the end of Solar (am I the only person who enjoyed this book?) there is a half-hour interview with McEwan. It is a pity this book lacks the same as a lot of Sweet Tooth is clearly autobiographical.
For older folks (like me) this book perfectly evokes the early 1970s. For younger readers (listeners), it will read like a nice little historical drama.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
A beautifully written (and read), character-led book. Sometimes male authors writing from a female character's viewpoint leave me unconvinced. This was perfect. I was left smiling and wondering what happened next to the characters. The background - the places and the 1970s politics were very evocative too. The best book I've read this year for sure.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
sweet tooth is well written but, as it is essentially a writer writing about writing, I found it a bit self indulgent. In my opinion, McEwan writes with more confidence in his understanding of the female psyche than he should, and the denouement is a "clever" literary device but unsatisfactory.