A Book of American Martyrs (audiobook)

A Novel

24.7 hrs • 19 CDs• 2 MP3 CDs • Unabridged
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 02/07/17
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 02/07/17 9781470854263
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MP3 CD MP3-CDs: Come in a durable vinyl case similar to a dvd case. An index of contents and tracking information are included within the Mp3-CD format. MP3's can be played on any compatible CD player 
- 02/07/17 9781470854270
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Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery and Thrillers

Washington Post Top 10 Book That We Loved

In this striking, enormously affecting novel, Joyce Carol Oates tells the story of two very different and yet intimately linked American families. Luther Dunphy is an ardent Evangelical who envisions himself as acting out God’s will when he assassinates an abortion provider in his small Ohio town while Augustus Voorhees, the idealistic doctor who is killed, leaves behind a wife and children scarred and embittered by grief.

In her moving, insightful portrait, Joyce Carol Oates fully inhabits the perspectives of two interwoven families whose destinies are defined by their warring convictions and squarely—but with great empathy—confronts an intractable, abiding rift in American society.

A Book of American Martyrs is a stunning, timely depiction of an issue hotly debated on a national stage but which makes itself felt most lastingly in communities torn apart by violence and hatred.

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“In this moving attempt to tell the story in an all-encompassing and objective way, narrators Neil Hellegers, Tavia Gilbert, and Kirsten Potter portray intertwined families as they cope with the assassination. A remorseful tone permeates the ensemble narration, especially in the portrayals of both main characters…[as] they personify one of our nation’s most polarizing issues.”


“Oates’ American saga captivates because it exists within an actual drama playing out across the country…Martyrs is a graceful and excruciating story of two families who do not live very far apart but exist in different realities. ”

USA Today (4 stars)

“The most relevant book of Oates’ half-century-long career, a powerful reminder that fiction can be as timely as this morning’s tweets but infinitely more illuminating.”

Washington Post

“Successful because [Oates] refuses to satirize or dehumanize anyone, even murderous foes of abortion.”

Los Angeles Times

“A timely tale of two divided American families and their respective journeys through the grief of losing fathers, sons, and husbands.”

Library Journal (starred review)

“Robust, relentless, inquisitive, and astutely balanced…Oates portrays with unfailing nuance two troubled men on the opposite sides of the ever-fraught abortion-rights debate.”

Booklist (starred review)

“Oates masterfully renders tension and despair.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Chilling…Presents a sensitively painted portrait of the inextricable quality of grief and the weight of family legacy.”

Publishers Weekly