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Swing Time

Zadie Smith

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Pippa Bennett-Warner

Length:

13h 48m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:10


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:50


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:46


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:29


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:53


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:51


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:37


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:11


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:19


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:01


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:16


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:26


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:24


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:36


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:30


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:28


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:46


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:57


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:06


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:52


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:04


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:02


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:58


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:06


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:41


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:41


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:16


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:25


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:03


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:49


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:31


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:35


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:12


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:53


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:24


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:17


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:02


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:44


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:23


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:49


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:55


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:57


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:20


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:20


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:21


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:04


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:21


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:57


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:38


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:12


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

09:43


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:29


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:12


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:08


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:06


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:54


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:36


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:08


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:17


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:38


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:51


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

09:27


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:59


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:20


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:23


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:53


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:46


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:43


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:55


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:09


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:01


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:17


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:22


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:47


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:07


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:14


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

09:09


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

09:09


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:18


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:46


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:06


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:52


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:53


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:15


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:03


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:04


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

09:03


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

09:00


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:28


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:45


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

09:03


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:04


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:19


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:46


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:33


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:41


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:38


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:18


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:32


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:29


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:33


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:13


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:10


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:30


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:15


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:07


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

08:31


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

07:54


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

08:35


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:54


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

08:02


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:57


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

07:07


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:25


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:46


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:58


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

07:07


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:49


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

09:52


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

08:01


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:19


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

00:26