• Augustown

  • By: Kei Miller
  • Narrated by: Dona Croll
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (112 ratings)

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Augustown

By: Kei Miller
Narrated by: Dona Croll
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Publisher's Summary

In the wake of Marlon James' Man Booker Prize-winning A Brief History of Seven Killings, Augustown - set in the backlands of Jamaica - is a magical and haunting novel of one woman's struggle to rise above the brutal vicissitudes of history, race, class, collective memory, violence, and myth.

Ma Taffy may be blind, but she sees everything. So when her great-nephew Kaia comes home from school in tears, what she senses sends a deep fear running through her. While they wait for his mama to come home from work, Ma Taffy recalls the story of the flying preacherman and a great thing that did not happen.

A poor suburban sprawl in the Jamaican heartland, Augustown is a place where many things that should happen don't, and plenty of things that shouldn't happen do. For the story of Kaia leads back to another momentous day in Jamaican history, the birth of the Rastafari, and the desire for a better life.

©2016 Kei Miller (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group

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Beautifully written. Captivating story. Narration excellent. Felt such nostalgia with the detailed descriptions of Jamaican life.

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Brilliant Novel

I have Taught Caribbean literature at a university, and I think this is one of the very best new novels from this area. It is one of the best novels I have read this year: beautifully written, with memorable characters, humor, Pathos, tragedy, set in a very rich Caribbean setting. This author is one of the very best. I highly recommend this book. Edward Hower

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A profound exposé of the August town experience

The voice acting is some of the most incredible I have ever heard.

This novel combines all the elements of Jamaican society with a deeply moving storyline. You can decide how real it is. One of the most enlightening pieces of fiction I have read.

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Read yes

Really captures Jamaican culture and struggle against Babylon 👮‍♀️ long but sweet yes yes yes yes

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captivated

Being from the Caribbean everything about this book is just marvelous. The narrator understood the assignment! I really wish there were more books like this from the Caribbean on audible, (Old Iron Blue) and (Man from Jamaica Hillls) would be some great additions. credit well spent thank you Audible.

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Great read; very enlightening

This book was a great read. It described the issues Jamaicans faced historically and is still relevant in present day. Many unexpected twists and completely unpredictable. The accents were good too.

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Enjoyed it.

Well woven historical fiction which captures the nuances of everyday Jamaica life and dialect. Narrator was exceptional!

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That was an authentic story. It was on 🇯🇲🙏💞

This story was authentic and told in a manner that's respectful of our history, elders and ways.

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Compelling story

Beautifully written and read this story brings about just how United we really all are. This tragedy is one that is felt by the reader, takes you to Augustown and beyond into the heavens and makes you question what you do as well as what you don’t do and it’s significance. A must read.

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Loved everything about it!

The narrator was amazing & the stories were woven together in such a beautiful way that they were both thought-provoking & entertaining.