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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (47 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Zadie Smith Narrator: to be announced Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN: 9780786563975
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Winner of the 2006 Orange Prize for fiction, another bestselling masterwork from the celebrated author of White Teeth

Having hit bestseller lists from the New York Times to the San Francisco Chronicle, this wise, hilarious novel reminds us why Zadie Smith has rocketed to literary stardom. On Beauty is the story of an interracial family living in the university town of Wellington, Massachusetts, whose misadventures in the culture wars-on both sides of the Atlantic-serve to skewer everything from family life to political correctness to the combustive collision between the personal and the political. Full of dead-on wit and relentlessly funny, this tour de force confirms Zadie Smith’s reputation as a major literary talent.

Zadie Smith’s newest novel, Swing Time, was published by Penguin Press in November 2016.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lora Macardian | 9/10/2013

    " Great book with a lot of terrific ideas!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 5/25/2013

    " I didn't finish this book. It is a really healthy book that I would never do so I skimmed through it and didn't finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doan | 6/20/2011

    " Great information about nutrition and food...But I like food too much to do this program. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B | 5/27/2011

    " I read this book while traveling through Ireland. I left it on a train and hoped someone would pick it up and start reading. I seemed to really enjoy the read at the time but now I can't quite remember what was so great about the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 5/14/2011

    " Really interesting story about a multi-racial (white and black) family living in a predominantly white, upper-middle class, intellectual college town in New England. Relatable to anyone who wants to read what it's like to be the "outsider" family in the neighborhood. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 5/10/2011

    " Not particularly bad story or bad writing.... I just wasn't at all invested in what was going on. Felt like I kept waiting for the story to start. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rama | 5/9/2011

    " An excellent novel and perfect companion to "White Teeth". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Greg | 4/28/2011

    " I gave up on this book, which was everything I hate in celebrated modern novels. It was self-indulgent, overwritten, endlessly impressed with its own cleverness and in no real hurry to tell any story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Benjamin | 4/19/2011

    " i would love for someone to explain the appeal of Zadie Smith to me cause I am baffled "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 4/11/2011

    " This was one of the worst books I have ever read, and I was sorry I wasted any time on it. The characters have no depth; the trials and tribulations, if you could call them that, are contrived at best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 4/6/2011

    " the circumstances and emotion in this novel is so real and relate-able. It is a lovely, heartbreaking and thought-provoking story. "

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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

Lindy West is a Seattle-based writer, editor, and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humor, and body image. She’s currently a culture writer for GQ magazine and GQ.com and a weekly columnist at the Guardian, as well as the founder and editor of I Believe You | It’s Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens. In January of 2015 she wrote and recorded a story for This American Life about confronting an internet troll who impersonated her dead father.