We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
NW: A Novel | [Zadie Smith]

NW: A Novel

Somewhere in Northwest London stands Caldwell housing estate, relic of 70s urban planning. Five identical blocks, deliberately named: Hobbes, Smith, Bentham, Locke, and Russell. If you grew up there, the plan was to get out and get on, to something bigger, better. Thirty years later ex-Caldwell kids Leah, Natalie, Felix, and Nathan have all made it out, with varying degrees of succes - whatever that means....
Regular Price:$27.97
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Somewhere in Northwest London stands Caldwell housing estate, relic of 70s urban planning. Five identical blocks, deliberately named: Hobbes, Smith, Bentham, Locke, and Russell. If you grew up there, the plan was to get out and get on, to something bigger, better.

Thirty years later, ex-Caldwell kids Leah, Natalie, Felix, and Nathan have all made it out, with varying degrees of succes - whatever that means. Living only streets apart, they occupy separate worlds and navigate an atomized city where few wish to be their neighbor’s keeper. Then, one April afternoon, a stranger comes to Leah’s door seeking help, disturbing the peace, and forcing Leah out of her isolation....

From private houses to public parks, at work and at play, in this delicate, devastating novel of encounters, the main streets hide the back alleys, and taking the high road can sometimes lead to a dead end. Zadie Smith’s NW brilliantly depicts the modern urban zone - familiar to city dwellers everywhere - in a tragicomic novel as mercurial as the city itself.

©2012 Zadie Smith (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.3 (154 )
5 star
 (28)
4 star
 (54)
3 star
 (29)
2 star
 (21)
1 star
 (22)
Overall
3.2 (129 )
5 star
 (22)
4 star
 (41)
3 star
 (27)
2 star
 (23)
1 star
 (16)
Story
3.8 (128 )
5 star
 (54)
4 star
 (34)
3 star
 (16)
2 star
 (14)
1 star
 (10)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Hostilia 01-17-13
    Hostilia 01-17-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    0
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    423
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Probably better read than listened to!"
    What disappointed you about NW?

    I found it hard to listen to. The stream of consciousness style and the ultra short chapters in the latter part of the book are probably easier to digest on the page. For a while it is as if you are listening to single sentences separated by chapter numbers, rather distracting. It is one of those books that I would read at various speed, i.e. some parts of it I would linger over and others I'd flip through. Very different from Smith's other books, more experimental in form, imho. That said, I am thinking about getting it as a book from the library to see if I like it better that way.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    My current listen is Augustus by Anthony Everitt.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Karen Bryson’s performances?

    Dunno. The book as such is probably hard to perform. That said, she did a wonderful job of switching from one dialect to the next, and made many of the characters come alive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    joanilla45 11-09-12
    joanilla45 11-09-12 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    55
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wanders off"
    If you’ve listened to books by Zadie Smith before, how does this one compare?

    Characters & setting more compelling than On Beauty (it's hard to sustain that much dislike & contempt for all main characters), but plot much, much thinner.


    Any additional comments?

    It was really evocative, and I enjoyed the different characters' way of seeing the same place and the very different voices, but it felt like the author lost her way at the end and everyone just sort of wandered off stage left.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Patricia Clifton, VA, United States 10-10-12
    Patricia Clifton, VA, United States 10-10-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "DON'T BUY THIS BOOK, ITS TERRIBLE"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    NO ONE


    Would you ever listen to anything by Zadie Smith again?

    YES


    Which character – as performed by Karen Bryson – was your favorite?

    NONE


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    I STILL HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IT WAS ABOUT. I FINISHED BOOK 1 AND HATED THE BOOK. I HAD READ "WHITE TEETH" BY ZADIE SMITH AND LOVED IT. THATS WHY I ORDERED THIS BOOK. BIG MISTAKE. MAYBE YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK AND NOT LISTEN TO.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    R, Ardsley on Hudson, New York, United States 09-23-12
    R, Ardsley on Hudson, New York, United States 09-23-12 Member Since 2004
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Trying too hard."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't think it was worth publishing.


    What was most disappointing about Zadie Smith’s story?

    She fails completely to convey meaning. She tries too hard with images that mean little. It is possible that the reader gets in the way of the story by interpreting things that the reader should be left to interpret. A good book does not need such an elaborate performance. The performance detracts from the book and adds nothing.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Karen Bryson’s performances?

    Hopefully not


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I will have to read the book myself to give an objective view. The reader was much too involved.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Judy Cleburne, TX, United States 01-26-13
    Judy Cleburne, TX, United States 01-26-13 Member Since 2009
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    35
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "discusting!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    poorly writen.


    What was most disappointing about Zadie Smith’s story?

    Filty language. story about nothing!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Karen Bryson’s performances?

    not unless she really improved her writing skills.all of them


    What character would you cut from NW?

    all of them! Start over!!!!


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 11-15 of 15 results PREVIOUS12NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.