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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.


  • 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.

    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.

    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.

  • Canisha J.

    What an amazing book. I enjoyed this book from finish to end.

  • Aileen S.

    I’m an avid suspense and fiction reader so reading/listening to this story was a departure for me. Storyline was interesting and somewhat predictable but it keep me reeled in until the end... I wish they would elaborate more on the characters at the end.

  • 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.

  • Helen M.

    Our Book loved it

  • Tiffany C.

    This book was by far one of the best books I have read this year so far. The suspense and visual I captured every detailed word entered into the book. The ongoing twist had me onnthe edge of my seat.

  • 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.

  • LaShanda J.

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