A Brief History of Seven Killings

Version: Unabridged
Author: Marlon James
Narrator: Ryan Anderson , Dwight Bacquie
Genres: Literature, Historical Fiction
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
Published In: October 2014
# of Units: 22 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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On December 3, 1976, just before the Jamaican general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert, gunmen stormed his house, machine guns blazing. The attack nearly killed the Reggae superstar, his wife, and his manager, and injured several others. Marley would go on to perform at the free concert on December 5, but he left the country the next day, not to return for two years.Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters-assassins, journalists, drug dealers, and even ghosts-A Brief History of Seven Killings is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath, from the streets and slums of Kingston in the 1970s, to the crack wars in 1980s New York, to a radically altered Jamaica in the 1990s. Brilliantly inventive and stunningly ambitious, this novel is a revealing modern epic that will secure Marlon James' place among the great literary talents of his generation.

Reviews (4)


Written by Ruchi G. on August 11th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

For how long the book is I was happy that they did not have the same person narrate every character. I started reading this in paperback but i found the only way I was going to be able to finish it was through audiobooks. There are definitely some graphics that I could have done without. Overall Marlon James is a great author and very descriptive with is work.

Written by Pam on August 10th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I didn't enjoy this book at all.

Written by Becky H. on August 1st, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The language is very raw. There should be a warning. The F word is very offensive to me.

Written by Nadia Richards on March 2nd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The best book I have ever read. It grasp the essence of Caribbean life so well and the issues of class and race.

Author Details

Author Details

James, Marlon

Marlon James was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1970. His first novel, John Crow's Devil was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Commonwealth Prize. His second novel, The Book Of Night Women, a New York Times Editor's Choice, has been released to widespread critical acclaim. His short fiction has appeared in the anthologies Iron Balloons, Bronx Noir, and Silent Voices, and his nonfiction in the Caribbean Review of Books. Currently a professor of literature and creative writing at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, he divides his time between Jamaica, New York City, a