• Sweet Tooth

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-21-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.7 (167 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Serena Frome, the beautiful daughter of an Anglican bishop, has a brief affair with an older man during her final year at Cambridge and finds herself being groomed for the intelligence services. The year is 1972. Britain, confronting economic disaster, is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism and faces its fifth state of emergency. The Cold War has entered a moribund phase, but the fight goes on, especially in the cultural sphere.
Serena, a compulsive reader of novels, is sent on a ‘secret mission’ that brings her into the literary world of Tom Haley, a promising young writer. First she loves his stories; then she begins to love the man. Can she maintain the fiction of her undercover life? And who is inventing whom? To answer these questions, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage – trust no one.
McEwan’s mastery dazzles us in this superbly deft and witty story of betrayal and intrigue, love, and the invented self.
©2012 Ian McEwan (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"Ian McEwan’s SWEET TOOTH is a joy, beautifully written, moving between love and betrayal, reality and shadows with a wonderful ease, breathing vivid life into the characters." ( Kati Nicholl, Express.co.uk)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Christopher on 02-06-13

Superb and surprising

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.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Moonglotexas on 09-18-12

What a twist! Thought provoking!

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!

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By GC on 10-15-12

McEwan Takes Us Back To The Seventies

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Pamela on 09-24-12

Beautifully written

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.

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3 out of 5 stars
By David Robinson on 02-13-18

A bit too clever

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.

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