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Swing Time Audiobook

Swing Time

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Publisher's Summary

An ambitious, exuberant new novel moving from Northwest London to West Africa, from the multiaward-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty.

Two brown girls dream of being dancers - but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early 20s, never to be revisited but never quite forgotten either....

Dazzlingly energetic and deeply human, Swing Time is a story about friendship and music and stubborn roots, about how we are shaped by these things and how we can survive them. Moving from Northwest London to West Africa, it is an exuberant dance to the music of time.

©2016 Zadie Smith (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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    M Petrova New York, NY 11-26-16
    M Petrova New York, NY 11-26-16
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    "Absolute genius"

    This is a work of prodigious talent. I'm so honored to have read it. Enjoyed it beyond what I can convey. The performance is the best I've geard, with an incredible range of voices & accents. Perfection.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 11-22-16
    Rebecca 11-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Magical"

    There is so much in this book; insights into girlhood, power, womanhood, life. You will not regret listening to it or reading it. Thank you Zadie Smith for this, thank you.

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    J. Wachter 12-07-16
    J. Wachter 12-07-16 Member Since 2013

    paper kat

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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    if the first few pages had continued in a way to yield a story.. Her writing is very fine, but a plot would be nice. It's a drag reading about these characters and exactly what they are thinking and feeling, even in trivial situations that lead the story no where. Wayyyy to much emotion, way too little of anything else and so lacking in balance. A big who cares...


    What was most disappointing about Zadie Smith’s story?

    Smith's method is to endlessly obsess about the high level micro sensitivities of each character. I am so sick of this type of information that I will never read another book like this again.


    Did Pippa Bennett-Warner do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She did a good job.


    What character would you cut from Swing Time?

    Oh gosh, most of them. The main character was the best one, and the rest were hard to listen to..


    Any additional comments?

    I shouldn't have finished this one....

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