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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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    Patricia London, United Kingdom 17/12/2016
    Patricia London, United Kingdom 17/12/2016 Member Since 2014
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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
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    M. Camm UK 27/12/2016
    M. Camm UK 27/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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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
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    ZFB 30/04/2017
    ZFB 30/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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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!

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    lukas 08/04/2017
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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

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    Justine 01/04/2017
    Justine 01/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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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.

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    Charlotte Hamilton London 26/03/2017
    Charlotte Hamilton London 26/03/2017 Member Since 2017

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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.

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    Paul D 02/03/2017
    Paul D 02/03/2017

    Living in rural tranquility in France. I read everything except readers' l o n g reviews of books.

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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

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    Henna 13/02/2017
    Henna 13/02/2017 Member Since 2014
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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!

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    AMH 12/02/2017
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    "Excellently narrated."

    The narrator is amazing. Great story. Zadie Smith excellent as always, creating a vivid depiction of London and all the wonderful multiplicities and complexities of human personality and behaviour. Would definitely recommend to all.

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    Spyri Dela 09/02/2017
    Spyri Dela 09/02/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't get the hype for this book"

    I really struggle to understand what people like about this book. The story is not that special and it goes back and forth in timw without any logic or order. It also feels like the author wanted to say 4 different stories ans could pick which one to go for. Not a fan

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  • FRANCINE TAFFIN
    07/01/17
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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.

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