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  • An American Marriage (Oprah’s Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • By: Tayari Jones
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden, Eisa Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,320

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 12 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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the Story, but...

  • By Lisa N. Haynes on 03-01-18

Something for everyone.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-18

Romance, deception, surprise, profanity, politics, sex, this story has all the peices you need in a really good novel. It's written with natural intelligence and Black pride, southern charm and northern ambition. The narrators dance between voices and points of view, in a way that is not a distraction. The pace is good, and there are no extraneous words. Very well done!

  • Bluebird, Bluebird

  • By: Attica Locke
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,277
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,275

When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules - a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the Lone Star State, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home. When his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders - a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman - have stirred up a hornet's nest of resentment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but very irritating

  • By Tunde on 01-15-18

Funny, articulate, suspenseful.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-18

This is the first audio book I've listened to over 10 years. They've come a long way since books on tape. It took some getting used to, and I had to replay frequently, but honestly I do the same with print. What stands out most about this story is the humor. Each character brought a unique sense of self and wit. I laughed aloud at lest twice per chapter. The writer is very gifted, and did a fine job unraveling the story chapter by chapter. Tge pace was a bit slow at times, and I found it hard to keep up with thr number of characters being introduced at times. In fact, a dew characters are e extraneous in my opinion, and do nothong to move the plot along.

The narrator was very creative as well in the way he delivered the story. His shift in voices was timely and not distracting. His tone was pleasant on the ears. Overall this is a peice of literature I will enjoy reading a few more times.

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