On Beauty

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Zadie Smith
Narrator: Peter Francis James
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Published In: September 2005
# of Units: 16 CDs
Length: 16 hours
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Two families find themselves thrown together in a beautiful corner of America, enacting a cultural and personal war against the background of real wars that they barely register. Smith is the author of the award winning }White Teeth{.

Reviews (4)

Skip it

Written by Anonymous from Irvine, CA on September 4th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Ugh! Horrible book. I could not get through the 5th disc. So utterly boring. This won an award? Gag me!

Amazing Narration

Written by bendofbay from San Ramon, CA on March 29th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Great fun. Huge amounts of wisdom in the portrait of academic and family life. Brilliant, compelling characters. Charming short poem, as written by the poetry teacher at the university, from which the book takes its title. Succeeds on all fronts. But made all the more wonderful by the narration. He plays a dozen characters, black and white, young and old, all with different accents (British, Jamaican, "street", etc.), every one convincing and distinct.

On Beauty

Written by Anonymous from Kansas City, MO on December 3rd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

An engaging story that was well written and well narrated.

Quite good...

Written by Wayne from Bronx, NY on September 17th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

So this is a very entertaining, highly intellectualized melodrama based on Foresters' "Howards End." I very much enjoyed the academic landscape and the who's sleeping with who machinations. Fun stuff. I brought the CD's in from the car and played them at night

Author Details

Author Details

Smith, Zadie

Zadie Smith is the author of White Teeth.