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Swing Time Audiobook

Swing Time

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Publisher's Summary

Dazzlingly energetic and deeply human, Swing Time is a story about friendship and music and true identity, how they shape us and how we can survive them. Moving from Northwest London to West Africa, it is an exuberant dance to the music of time.

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....

©2016 Zadie Smith (P)2016 Penguin Books Ltd.

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    FRANCINE TAFFIN 01-07-17
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    "A good story, shame about the narrator"

    Zadie Smith has not disappointed. I wouldn't have imagined following a main character (the narrator) that seems so clueless about the world around her, be it her family, her boss, the African village where she spends weeks, or her erstwhile bff Tracey, but Smith manages to get us to tag along. And at the end of the story, she does seem to connect with reality at last!

    What really spoiled my enjoyment was the reader, with her soporific tone. But that wasn't the worst. I just wish she'd refrained from doing accents, they just sounded so off and daft.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Patricia
    London, United Kingdom
    12/17/16
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    "Couldn't stop reading"

    Loved the story, the subtlety of the characterisations and thoughtful insights into race celebrity, power of money. I think this is Zadie Smith's best book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • M. Camm
    UK
    12/27/16
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    "Tailed off into a confusing narrative"
    Would you try another book written by Zadie Smith or narrated by Pippa Bennett-Warner?

    The narration was fine.


    Any additional comments?

    The story jumped around a lot and I didn't find the characters likeable. Disappointing.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • d
    7/21/17
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    "A good listen"

    My first Zadie Smith. She is an accomplished author and I will try more of her books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Margery
    5/17/17
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    "Smith's best yet with perfect narrator"

    I choose Swing Time because all my friends were raving about it. They were right! This is a gripping, perfectly-paced read which explores our main character's challenging relationships with her mother, employer and - above all - her childhood best friend. There is a toxic dimension to all these key female relationships but Smith excels in showing the complicity and complexity of each. Bennett-Warner provides the perfect reading (especially of our insecure main character) and I hope this will be the first of many recordings for audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ZFB
    4/30/17
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    "Brilliant !"

    Pippa Bennett-Warner reads Zadie Smith's words brilliantly. I loved every chapter and cried at the end . Thoroughly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • lukas
    4/8/17
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    "Beautifully written book about everyday life, but"

    This book is well written but story, despite it's depth lacked in reflexion. I felt like it cowardly brushed over the difficult subjects. Also, I found it very weird how life story like that was so removed from a bigger background of society

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Justine
    4/1/17
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    "Excellent narration but not as wowed by plot."

    Amazing narration and the standard exceptionally skilled writing of Zadie Smith but not convinced by the story and found myself getting bored by the meandering plot half way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlotte H
    London
    3/26/17
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    "Another fabulous book by Zadie"

    More of the same. But she has mastered her voice. Fabulous read. Waiting for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul D
    Normandy, France
    3/2/17
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    "Great"

    Loved this book and my only criticism was regarding the narration. Beautifully read with some good voices but not convinced that the style matched the storyteller

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Henna
    2/13/17
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    "Lovely (sad) story, incredible narration!"

    I am a huge fan of Zadie Smith; White Teeth and On Beauty have pride of place on my book shelf. I was personally disappointed with NW - I couldn't get into the writing style - but was thrilled to discover a clearer, fascinating narrative in Swing Time.

    It wasn't the most engaging novel I've ever read or listened to, and found the protagonist rather unlikable. However, Pippa Bennet-Warner's narration was breathtaking! She has an incredible, silky voice, and she nailed all the accents, especially the mother's Jamaican lilt. I can't wait for her to read more audiobooks!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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