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The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of NW, Zadie Smith's first novel since the bestselling On Beauty. Read by Don Gilet and Karen Bryson. This is the story of a city. The north-west corner of a city. Here you'll find guests and hosts, those with power and those without it, people who live somewhere special and others who live nowhere at all. And many people in between.
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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for: UK Author of the year - Specsavers National Book Awards 2012

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of NW, Zadie Smith's first novel since the best-selling On Beauty.

This is the story of a city. The north-west corner of a city. Here you'll find guests and hosts, those with power and those without it, people who live somewhere special and others who live nowhere at all. And many people in between. Every city is like this. Cheek-by-jowl living. Separate worlds. And then there are the visitations: the rare times a stranger crosses a threshold without permission or warning, causing a disruption in the whole system.

Like the April afternoon a woman came to Leah Hanwell's door, seeking help, disturbing the peace, forcing Leah out of her isolation....

Zadie Smith's brilliant tragi-comic new novel follows four Londoners - Leah, Natalie, Felix, and Nathan - as they try to make adult lives outside of Caldwell, the council estate of their childhood. From private houses to public parks, at work and at play, their London is a complicated place, as beautiful as it is brutal, where the thoroughfares hide the back alleys and taking the high road can sometimes lead you to a dead end. Depicting the modern urban zone - familiar to town-dwellers everywhere - Zadie Smith's NW is a quietly devastating novel of encounters, mercurial and vital, like the city itself.

©2012 Zadie Smith (P)2012 Penguin Books Limited

What the Critics Say

"This is a book written by someone who really knows how to listen, and who truly understands what people are like, and what they might become. In a hundred years time, when readers want to understand what the English novel was capable of, and what English life truly felt like, they will look at NW, and warm to it.

....like all four of Smith's wonderful novels, it relies on what always makes a novel go: a humane love of and interest in men and women, overlooked and yet worth our deepest interest. It is a joyous, optimistic, angry masterpiece, and no better English novel will be published this year, or, probably, next." (Philip Hensher The Telegraph)

"It's a funny, perceptive, look at the muddle of modern life." (Shortlist)

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    "Not quite her best"

    I love her work, but this is my least favourite. She does give a terrific portrait of life in a marginal London community - scarcely a community actually - that is psychologically and sociologically satisfying. Yet the plotting is poor and confusing. Questions remain unresolved at the end. She's tried to be too clever and oblique when her straight story-telling is peerless at its best.

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    tony ISLE OF LEWIS, United Kingdom 20/03/2014
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    "I just don't get it..."
    Would you try another book written by Zadie Smith or narrated by Karen Bryson and Don Gilet ?

    I have listened to the book for over a hour and don't get it??? I have no idea what is going on or what it is about or where its leading..??


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    "Feels like three unfinished books."

    While a lot of the insight and small passages are quite good, with sharp writing and fine observations, the stories felt a bit long and never quite closed in on anything or resolved the three stories, two of which overlapped, one which was only minimally related.

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  • mary
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    04/06/13
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    "no story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing, it just was not for me.


    What could Zadie Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    her other books have had more straight forward story lines.


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    My thinking about The performance was coloured by my lack of interest in the story.


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