A Brief History of Seven Killings

  • by Marlon James
  • Narrated by Robertson Dean, Cherise Boothe, Dwight Bacquie, Ryan Anderson, Jonathan McClain, Robert Younis, Thom Rivera
  • 26 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
On 3 December 1976, just weeks before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert to ease political tensions, seven gunmen from West Kingston stormed his house.
Marley survived and went on to perform at the free concert. Not a lot was recorded about the fate of the seven gunmen, but much has been said, whispered and sung about in the streets of West Kingston.


What the Critics Say

"Vast and teeming...a vivid novel that deserves all the praise it has received." (Sunday Telegraph)
"This seething, hot, violent, action-packed novel is enormous in every sense...the ambition is huge, but [James] pulls it off with huge style, confidence, imagination and wit.... Extraordinary." (The Times)
"The most original novel I’ve read in years. A haunting, incendiary work." (Irvine Welsh)


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Most Helpful

Great story telling

Great story. Well knit together. The most interesting thing that stood out for me was how the story revealed itself through conversation and not explicit descriptions. Some very interesting characters although Nina Burgess' neuroticism got a bit testing at one stage.

The accents were mostly great, even when they weren't meant to be.

Main criticism is the number of re-recordings - all at a different pitch which the really drew attention to the method and not the story.

Still, not a terrible way to spend 26 hours.
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- mijkle

Can't follow

The writing's too windy for me. Irrelevant subplots spring from every sentence and makes the whole thing hard to follow.
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- Lewis Price-Milne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-02-2015
  • Publisher: Whole Story AudioBooks