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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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    Fiona O'Connell 29/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Mixed feelings"

    Beautifully written - I love her character details, observations on human nature, family, cultural identity. However the book frequently swings back and forth in time and place which I find difficult with an audiobook. I found the early 'Tracy' period very engaging but the later Aimee/Africa period was ho-hum. The narrator was outstanding.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rp125 Sydney, Australia 22/05/2017
    Rp125 Sydney, Australia 22/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Too much waffle"

    This book has some good writing ie about the central relationship between two girls. But all the long winded stuff about Africa was lost on me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter W. 25/03/2017
    Peter W. 25/03/2017
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    "Somewhat unfocussed novel, brilliant performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    To the right friend, definitely.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I'm thinking I should go back and read the end again. A really successful novel ends with at least a suggestion of shifting to a different level achieving the focus that was implicit through the workings of the story. I did not get this at the end of swing time but I'm wondering if it was my fault so A re-read is called for.


    Which character – as performed by Pippa Bennett-Warner – was your favourite?

    Tracy - frighteningly forceful, sharp, Smart and confronting, and Bennet-Warner's rendering had Tracy leaping from my device.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Most of the encounters with the main character's father, who was also extremely well captured by Bennet-Warner.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I found the main character a bit depressing - always ready to be led, often bullied, and seemed to spend most of her life with bullying characters (her mother, Tracy, the dreadful Aimee). The narrator never really got my sympathy or became endearing in any way. Never seemed to find her own feet. (All this may be modified when I re-read the last couple of chapters - if so I'll come back and report the fact.)

    On the other hand, ZS brilliantly captured all sorts of issues that are screaming at us in today's society - race, class, poverty, overseas aid, celebrity, the individual versus the social being - all captured in amazingly succinct fashion. For that I thank her and remain on her readers list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aoife 16/02/2017
    Aoife 16/02/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Hard to follow on Audio"

    I was a little disappointed as it was quite hard to follow with all of the flicking back and forth in time.
    Tracey was a fairly awful person and yet the main character still referred to her as her 'spirit sister'. It seemed inconsistent and the main character didn't really seem to have any real personality or own interests or dreams of her own.
    Maybe it's better to read the paperback

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Prue Benjamin 16/02/2017
    Prue Benjamin 16/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful but long"
    Would you listen to Swing Time again? Why?

    Yes. Mainly because the narration was absolutely fantastic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the narrator brought everyone in the story to life.


    What about Pippa Bennett-Warner’s performance did you like?

    Her different accents were flawless


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • FRANCINE TAFFIN
    7/01/17
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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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  • Patricia
    London, United Kingdom
    17/12/16
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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
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    27/12/16
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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
  • Margery
    17/05/17
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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
    30/04/17
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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
    8/04/17
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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
    1/04/17
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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 Hamilton
    London
    26/03/17
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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
    2/03/17
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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
    13/02/17
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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
  • AMH
    12/02/17
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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