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An American Marriage: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Tayari Jones

Narrated By: Sean Crisden, Eisa Davis

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: February 2018

Duration: 9 hours 1 minutes


Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy's time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward-with hope and pain-into the future.


  • Toni B.

    Beautifully written. Ohhhh, so beautiful. The imagery Tayari creates with words. Simple, crisp, clear, true. Each character is so well crafted they could have their own books, too. Silver Sparrow was one heck of a story. Like good southern soul food cooking, Tayari put her foot in this and wiggled her toes. Yes, this book is a must read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • April G

    I loved this story and the realness of the plot. The narrators were engaging, bringing the characters to life. I couldn’t stop listening, wanting to hear the outcome of this American Marriage.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • Daniel W.

    Long, overly drawn out saga about something that simply wasn’t very interesting. No Intrigue, a very simple story. The characters were reasonably well developed, but that doesn’t make a good story. Was like listening to someone who talks way too much, usually about self.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Amy L

    Wasn’t crazy about this book. Pretty predictable story line and outcome. As it went on, the narration of Celestial was like nails on a chalk board for me, just her whinny voice that seemed to drag on.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Kimberly J

    At first I thought the letter writing back and forth was going to be a nuisance, but ended up loving the format. What a tale of horrible luck, imperfection, and love. Rated the narration as a 4 only because his voice trailed off and became hard to hear at the end of some sentences, frequently enough to be annoying.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Kennesha C.

    Awesome love story with the reality of the times we live in

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Michael T.

    It would have been a better listen, if the a woman would have read the woman’s part. Didn’t like it when the guy was doing the female part. Another than that, it was okay.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Angela P.

    This was an amazingly engrossing first novel! Can’t wait to read future books by this author. Loved the narrators too, they really brought the book to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • LaShanda J.

    Ok.. This was a great book. I didn't care much for the outcome. I'm feeling full of thought yet empty.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.


    Enjoyed the book. The story will get you thoroughly engrossed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

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