• Catch a Fire

  • The Life of Bob Marley
  • By: Timothy White
  • Narrated by: Peter Macon
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-28-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (52 ratings)

Regular price: $23.07

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Publisher's Summary

This is the classic biography of reggae legend Bob Marley, updated and revised for the twenty-fifth anniversary of his death. Bob Marley left an indelible mark on modern music, both as a reggae pioneer and as an enduring cultural icon.
Catch a Fire, now a classic rock biography, delves into the life of this man, the leader of a musical and spiritual revolution that continues today. The book chronicles Marley’s life and career, as well as the milieu that shaped his spiritual and political beliefs. Under the supervision of the author’s widow and with the collaboration of a Marley expert, this fourth edition contains a wealth of new material, including many revisions made by the author before his untimely death.
This new edition, factually updated throughout, chronicles Marley’s legacy in recent years, as well as the ongoing controversy over the possibility that Marley’s remains might be exhumed from Nine Mile, Jamaica, and reburied in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where hundreds of Rastafarians live. Fascinating inside information about the intrigues of the reggae music business, the dramatic rise of Marley’s musical offspring, the complex legal struggles surrounding the Marley estate, and a sweeping social history of modern Jamaica, as well as the Rastafarian religion, also make up this expanded edition.
©Timothy White. “Notes on the New Edition” by Judy Garlan (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“A gripping biography. I enjoyed it immensely.” (James A. Michener, #1  New York Times bestselling author)
“Probably the finest biography ever written about a popular musician.” ( San Francisco Chronicle)
“White has a deep appreciation for reggae’s immediacy, hypnotic power, and contradictions…An exhaustively researched labor of love.”—Chicago Sun-Times
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
4 out of 5 stars
By Ray on 04-21-14

A Good read

Where does Catch a Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the middle.

Would you recommend Catch a Fire to your friends? Why or why not?

No,because the narrator's voice sounds fake & the story seems to be missing something I can't quite put my finger on.There was a lot more controversy surrounding his music than what was mentioned in this audio book.

What three words best describe Peter Macon’s performance?

Puffed-up,weird,unrealistic sounding voice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Bob's mother visited his father's house after he had left them.

Any additional comments?


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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Kev on 08-14-13


Would you listen to Catch a Fire again? Why?

Probably not -. While I did find the information contained within the story somewhat riveting, at times it could be a tough listen.

What did you like best about this story?

I would never think that the Marley legacy was marred in such struggle and down right disgust. Not on Bob's part, but the people that are so fricken greedy and would stop at nothing to exploit a fellow human

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many to mention.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really - there was a lot of information to digest

Any additional comments?

The narrators use of certain past tense suffixes "ed" and possessives plurals "'s" was somewhat though to listen to time after time. But I would definitely recommend to a friend

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sandra on 02-16-15

catch a fyah

loved it,a riveting book I just couldn't put down,how long shall they kill our prophets.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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