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Augustown

Narrated by: Dona Croll
Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
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Summary

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 through her.

While they wait for Kaia's 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.

Augustown is a novel about inequality and aspiration, memory and myth and the connections between people which can transcend these things but not always change them. It is a window onto a moment in Jamaican history when the people sought to rise up above their lives and shine.

©2016 Kei Miller (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group

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Leo Miller's Novel

This was a great audiobook to listen to, especially as someone with Jamaican heritage. Really nice voice too, fitted with the book perfectly. Would recommend.

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Brilliant

I love this book. Brilliantly read with the real/true Jamaican accent brings the story alive. The metaphors and images symbolic of the Jamaican landscape and people. A real Jamaican jewel.

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A wonderful & satisfying book

I enjoyed listening to the story which brought back memories of childhood songs i had been taught about August town & Alexandra Bedward. It also served to show how life events intertwine for what seems to be no reason except on examination maybe there is reason after all.

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Stunning

I could hardly stand to stop listening: the story and the performance, drew me in and I was there, in Jamaica, smelling, tasting, hearing and feeling the stories of these extraordinary ordinary lives. I've no doubt I will listen again.

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Vibrant!

The story is vibrant, poignant and beautifully crafted by an author who understands his audience. The performance is wonderful too! Really recommend it!

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  • CJ
  • 04-12-16

Brilliant Listen!

I loved listening to this book. The narrator was captivating. The story simple whilst powerful. Thank you and well done Kei Miller.

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  • Evonne
  • 21-01-20

worth it

As an African aware of the complexity of my existence .. this moved me deeply in all the aspects of my being .. I can't explain it .. but brilliant work by Mr. Miller

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  • Aleksandra Ts
  • 15-03-19

Loved it.

I'm not big on reviews, but this story and the performance combined are exquisite and wonderful. You feel the heat of midday and the cool of the breeze in the Jamaican evening on your skin while listening. Imagine yourself there, surrounded by people living their lives and telling you their stories. A great book and an amazing experience.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-12-18

Marvelous Story!

I could not stop listening!! The story gripped me...the melodious Jamaican accent adds flavor to the already gripping story!
I found myself gasping at several points through the story and the intricate lines wound around themselves and the commonalities between the different characters in the story were revealed!
Definitely a book I’ll listen to again!