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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,815 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Zadie Smith Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781101145852
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Split into five sections—Reading, Being, Seeing, Feeling, and Remembering—Changing My Mind finds Zadie Smith casting an acute eye over material both personal and cultural. This engaging collection of essays—some published here for the first time—reveals Smith as a passionate and precise essayist, equally at home in the world of great books and bad movies, family and philosophy, British comedians and Italian divas. Whether writing on Katherine Hepburn, Kafka, Anna Magnani, or Zora Neale Hurston, she brings deft care to the art of criticism with a style both sympathetic and insightful. Changing My Mind is journalism at its most expansive, intelligent, and funny—a gift to readers and writers both.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 2009 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Nonfiction
  • One of the 2010 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridgett | 2/19/2014

    " Wow. Zadie Smith writes with a clear-headed passion and dry with about everything. I won't pretend that there weren't places in the long tribute to David Foster Wallace where she completely wrote circles around my ability to follow, but even so her charm, candor, and genuine appreciation for the difficult material made me if not anxious to read Wallace, then at least intrigued by the idea of reading Wallace. If the measure of a great essayist is her ability to drag the reader along on any one of her written excursions of discovery, then Smith is a great essayist. Her mind is definitely one this reader wanted to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jen8998 | 2/15/2014

    " There are some lovely essays here and I am certain Zadie Smith is a gifted literary critic. However, at times I felt as though I was reading a comp lit paper. I wish she'd write another novel and was saddened when she wrote that reading her previous work made her nauseous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josie | 1/20/2014

    " She is better when she doesn't like things than when she likes them. Sometimes her enthusiasm is too much for me and sometimes one feels too much like a student in one of her classes. She often has this adolescent catch of transcendence in her tone that is hard to take. Some of the essays are really great though. I would like people to please stop writing essays about Kafka, I think there are enough now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Borshuk | 1/20/2014

    " A mostly charming read, gathering together a number of Zadie Smith's published journalism and essays in between On Beauty and her new novel, due out this fall. Were it not for the tediously long memorial for David Foster Wallace (38 pages, I think) that closes the book, I might have offered a fourth star, but after so much pleasant reading on literature, film, British life, etc., I was dismayed to be bogged down with a fan's turgid notes on one of her favorite writers. DFW, as much as I admire his intellect and ambition, is not among my favorites and Smith's long quotations from his fiction were an undisciplined departure from an otherwise lovely read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 1/18/2014

    " Appreciated the honesty and humor from a growing writer and a generational peer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 12/19/2013

    " I have a total girl crush on Zadie. I think a lot of writers of her generation get a lot of attention because they're so clever/funny/modern (also, hot. never discount literary hot.) zadie is all of these things, but she's also So Smart. So very, very smart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vincent Odhiambo | 11/21/2013

    " There are really wonderful pieces in here. I especially love Zadie in her sentimental best, the pieces on her dad, brother and the homage to David Foster Wallace are quite striking in their delicacy and emotional depth. And she's evidently quite widely read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas | 11/18/2013

    " Especially enjoyed "That Crafty Feeling," "F. Kafka, Everyman," and "Smith Family Christmas." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 11/6/2013

    " My brain feels bigger now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 9/23/2012

    " sucked. One interesting story opn visiting Africa, I think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara Mader | 4/5/2012

    " a mixed bag, but I liked some of the essays very much indeed. Since I'm not big on modern fiction, I was very happy to find some essays she had written in addition to her novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Päivi Brink | 2/23/2012

    " She writes so well and thinks so well! This collection is aptly named Occasional essays, since they have little to do with each other, but they are interesting anyway. The best essays for me were the ones about literature and movies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan Jardine | 2/17/2012

    " Smith is a terrific writer--lucid, intelligent, compelling--and this is an interesting and ecclectic collection of essays, but the piece on David Foster Wallace, though clearly heartfelt, feels weirdly truncated, incomplete. Just like his life. Sigh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 10/9/2011

    " Loved the film pieces as well as the essay on British humor (I think I read this previously in the New Yorker). The literary essays were somewhat challenging to get through although I may now read Middlemarch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiof | 5/24/2011

    " best essay is on DFW, rest of the book is okay. They all are about the quality of your average New Yorker essay. So if you're a big fan of the New Yorker, read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 5/12/2011

    " Reading this makes you want to become friends with her badly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ke | 4/7/2011

    " She is really funny when she is mean.

    In my opinion, her writing is quite accessible.

    I was surprised how much of a cinephile she was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 4/1/2011

    " Anyone that writes so eloquently about Katherine Hepburn, English accents, and dysfunctional family Christmases in the same book gets a big hug from me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 3/22/2011

    " I read this book because a magazine said it would make me smart. (It was right.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 3/12/2011

    " Some hits - especially the DFW essay - but many misses (and by misses, I only mean too academic to be consumed enjoyably. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 3/2/2011

    " Loved the literary essays! Even though I havent read most of the books the essays addressed, I found Zadie Smith's analyses of their ideas and contexts totally fascinating. I enjoyed the other essays too, but overall thought them a tad less captivating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amrit | 2/6/2011

    " I only got through some of the essays. Some that were about authors or books I hadn't read weren't of any interest. But those that I read where interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elena | 1/28/2011

    " This girl is so brainy it's not even funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/25/2011

    " i am buying this book. i love Zadie Smith for her characters as well, and this book of essays gives unique perspectives on several authors, and their works. i just like her goddamnit. "

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About the Author
Author Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith is the critically acclaimed author of various bestselling novels, including White Teeth and The Autograph Man. She was born in Northwest London in 1975 and still lives in the area.

About the Narrator

Barbara Rosenblat, one of the most awarded narrators in the business, was selected by AudioFile magazine as one of the Golden Voices of the Twentieth Century. She has received the prestigious Audie Award multiple times and has earned fifty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has also appeared in film, television, and theater, both in London’s West End and on Broadway.