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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Zadie Smith Narrator: Pippa Bennett-Warner Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2016 ISBN: 9780735205628
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A New York Times bestseller * Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction * Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

An ambitious, exuberant new novel moving from North West London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty.

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 twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either.

Tracey makes it to the chorus line but struggles with adult life, while her friend leaves the old neighborhood behind, traveling the world as an assistant to a famous singer, Aimee, observing close up how the one percent live.

But when Aimee develops grand philanthropic ambitions, the story moves from London to West Africa, where diaspora tourists travel back in time to find their roots, young men risk their lives to escape into a different future, the women dance just like Tracey—the same twists, the same shakes—and the origins of a profound inequality are not a matter of distant history, but a present dance to the music of time. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Smith’s language etches precise incidents, characters, and places, all heightened by Pippa Bennett–Warner’s appealing husky voice and spot-on narration…Bennett–Warner gives all the characters indelible personalities. She provides just the right nuances for the girls, their mothers, and the self-involved rock star the narrator works for. Don’t miss this wonderfully written, convincing story, expertly delivered by Bennett–Warner. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Smith tackles…friendship and race—with her customary insight and grace.”


  • “Smith’s thrilling cultural insights never overshadow the wholeness of her characters, who are so keenly observed that one feels witness to their lives.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Excels at capturing the world of prepubescence, with all of its unwritten rites and rules and frank sexuality…It’s a world that feels real.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • "Swing Time is criticism set to fiction, like dance is set to music. One complements—and animates—the other.”


  • “[An] agile, propulsive coming-of-age novel…Smith’s humor is both sharp and sly as she skewers various targets, including humorless, petty social activists and celebrity culture’s inflated sense of importance.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Smith’s dry humor, deft characterization and thematic richness are on full display in this bittersweet story of black girlhood and growing up.”

    Huffington Post

  • Finalist for the 2017 Carnegie Medal for Literature
  • A November 2016 LibraryReads Pick
  • A Chicago Review of Books Pick of the 10 Best Books to Read This November
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A BookPage Top Pick for December 2016
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Huffington Post Best Book of 2016
  • Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award
  • Man Booker Prize Longlist Selection
  • New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
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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

Pippa Bennett-Warner is a voice talent and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator.