FREE FIRST CHAPTER: 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
  • 0 hrs and 25 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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Customer Reviews

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Powerful writing that leaves you emotional

Powerful writing that left me emotional, but which emotion leads in strength I can't say as all powerful...
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- JayBee

I can't understand the Carribean accent! English!

What would have made FREE FIRST CHAPTER: A Brief History of Seven Killings better?

read i plain English without the accent

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?


You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The story sounds good, but I can't purchase the book because I can't understand. I had to listen to the first chapter 4 times, and even then only got the gist of it.

Any additional comments?

please in plain English!

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- Smellthecoffee

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-10-2015
  • Publisher: Whole Story AudioBooks