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2.79 out of 52.79 out of 52.79 out of 52.79 out of 52.79 out of 5 2.79 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Zadie Smith Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2016 ISBN: 9781449803933
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Alex-Li Tandem sells autographs. His business is to hunt for names on paper, collect them, sell them, and occasionally fake them-all to give the people what they want: a little piece of Fame. But what does Alex want? Only the return of his father, the end of religion, something for his headache, three different girls, infinite grace, and the rare autograph of forties movie actress Kitty Alexander. With fries. The Autograph Man is a deeply funny existential tour around the hollow trappings of modernity: celebrity, cinema, and the ugly triumph of symbol over experience. It offers further proof that Zadie Smith is one of the most staggeringly talented writers of her generation. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 r.b. | 2/20/2014

    " I had heard so often before starting this that it was not so great, but most of it revolved around the statement "as a follow up to White Teeth..." As I read the prologue, I found myself wondering what people were talking about. It was gorgeously written & compelling. Then the prologue ended. It took me a while to get into the book from there, but once I did - and especially once I got to the second part of the book, I was completely drawn into the story. I have to wonder if the reason The Autograph Man grabbed me when it left so many other people cold is because of my love of Old Hollywood, my enchantment with those movie stars like Smith's fictional Kitty Alexander. Above all, I love Zadie Smith's writing, the zest she has for storytelling and the way she relishes language. So, no, it's not White Teeth, but it's not bad, either. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Isabel | 2/11/2014

    " Such a let down after WHITE TEETH and ON BEAUTY was pretty weak too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raquel Muñoz | 1/31/2014

    " Quite enjoyed it, in a strange and diffuse way. Made me laugh, especially the joke about the pope and the rabbi.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darlyne Baugh | 1/25/2014

    " Zadie Smith is an inspiring crafts-person. What a writer! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dory | 1/20/2014

    " while still offering the humor and zippy writing zadie smith gave me in 'white teeth', her second book falls a little short. characterization wasn't as strong as before, which was really my favorite part about 'white teeth'. still worth a read, though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susie | 1/13/2014

    " Could NOT get into this book. Read "White Teeth" by Zadie Smith and liked it. (Although I didn't absolutely adore it, as the critics did.) Blech on this one, though. Thoroughly disappointed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 1/9/2014

    " Meh did not like as much as white teeth. Kinda boring "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daria | 1/3/2014

    " This novel seemed like Zadie Smith's response to freaking out about becoming famous. It seemed flat and boring and singularly lacking in the zestful gamboling evident in White Teeth. I didn't like the main character at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sepehr | 11/15/2013

    " Good book, kept me in it the whole time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg Foley | 10/29/2013

    " I keep forgetting about this book, then remembering snippets, like an overheard conversation, months later. Alex is a strangely compelling man-child. I'm thinking of reading this again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Selma | 9/22/2013

    " Painfully contrived, occasionally witty, mainly dull. A disappointment after White Teeth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia Goldrick | 4/13/2013

    " Like everything I've read by her so far - brilliant! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ai Ito-Roland | 2/24/2013

    " Not sure what to make of it. The theme is quite interesting and I assume it reflects contemporary England but I wouldn't know. Never been there. I just kept losing interest in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rowan | 2/2/2013

    " Yes, it is a lesser Zadie Smith. But she is still smart, snarky and vicious in wonderful ways. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachael | 10/28/2012

    " Okay, so I started to read this book, and then thought - why would I keep writing a book that appears to have no focus and is poorly written? Sorry for all the folks who liked White Teeth, which I haven't read yet. This book is not good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grillo | 10/20/2012

    " i loved some parts to death, but it's not perfect. i still think the best novels are imperfect like that, and this is at least very enjoyable while it rambles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 10/8/2012

    " Entertaining as heck...for about the first half, but then it gets a bit slow. I'd recommend On Beauty as a better Zadie Smith pick for the uninitiated. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 6/8/2012

    " I liked White Teeth much better than this. I never really got hooked during Autograph Man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Holley | 4/7/2012

    " I found this book hard going, but still a rewarding read in the end. There were a few brilliant one liners that will stay with me forever; her description of staying with Rebekka as like living inside a hyperactive teacosy will stay with me forever. I'll certainly put White Teeth on my to read list. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeannie Yandel | 2/27/2012

    " Uh, I couldn't get through this. I loved her other books, but I just couldn't get through this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 6/8/2011

    " Lacking the colorful characters and interlocking backstories that made White Teeth so memorable. I couldn't get into it enough to read past the first hundred pages or so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harry | 4/6/2011

    " Enjoyable read. Not quite as meaningful as On Beauty. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiffany | 3/10/2011

    " having a hard time getting into this "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darlyne | 3/3/2011

    " Zadie Smith is an inspiring crafts-person. What a writer! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan | 2/19/2011

    " I found the main character irritating and the plot void of conflict. I love Zadie Smith but this one was a big disappointment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 2/14/2011

    " I have really enjoyed her other books "On Beauty" and "White Teeth", but this book just could hardly keep me interested. The story line meanders all over the place and you feel no need to like any of the characters. I came away with no feeling of entertainment or improvement. :( "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alisonleonard1 | 2/6/2011

    " Seriously? So you're Chinese and Jewish. That;s it? You collect autographs. Great. I couldn't even finish this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 2/2/2011

    " I think "White Teeth" is still my favorite Zadie Smith, but this was pretty good, too. Interestingly, there are no female narrators in the novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darlyne | 1/18/2011

    " Zadie Smith's writing is in a category by itself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Misti | 1/11/2011

    " This book was awesome! There were a lot of moments when I had to put the book down because I was laughing. And there were a lot of cultural references I liked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry | 1/10/2011

    " Another amazing Zadie Smith book. Witty, fun, heart-warming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grillo | 1/9/2011

    " i loved some parts to death, but it's not perfect. i still think the best novels are imperfect like that, and this is at least very enjoyable while it rambles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maura | 1/9/2011

    " Not quite as good as her others. "

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About the Author
Author Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith is the critically acclaimed author of various bestselling novels, including White Teeth and The Autograph Man. She was born in Northwest London in 1975 and still lives in the area.

About the Narrator

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.