How to be both: A novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ali Smith

Narrated By: John Banks

Publisher: Recorded Books

Date: January 2015

Duration: 8 hours 31 minutes


How to be both is the dazzling new novel by Ali Smith. It is longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014. Passionate, compassionate, vitally inventive and scrupulously playful, Ali Smith's novels are like nothing else. How to be both is a novel all about art’s versatility. Borrowing from painting’s fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it’s a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions. There’s a Renaissance artist of the 1460s. There’s the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real—and all life’s givens get given a second chance.


Who says stories reach everybody in the same order?

This novel can be read in two ways, and the audiobook provides you with both. This audiobook begins with CAMERA, but you can choose to start the book at EYES by simply moving your progress bar to 04:07:19.

The audiobook is produced this way so that readers can randomly have different experiences reading the same text. So, depending on which part you select, the book will read: EYES, CAMERA, or CAMERA, EYES. (Your friend may be reading it the other way around.) Enjoy the adventure.


How to be both: A novel

by Ali Smith

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