Aussie truckie, on the long haul!
Great book. Held my attention all the way through, so it deserves a minimum of 4 out of 5 just for that. Nothing entertains me more, than learning about different countries histories through fictional characters, set in non fictional events. And this is a great story set in the civil war, which has eluded me for some time. I'll definitely listen to the sequels to this book.
Coming form a country outside the US I had little knowledge of the history behind the Civil War. This book is very informative and paints a very good picture of life in the eighteen hundreds in both the North and South.
Jakes weaves fact anc fiction and makes it come alive. After reading and listening to Gone With the Wind several times, I was pleasantly surprised to see names and characters in both books. Reality meets fiction in a wonderful mix. Can't wait to finish part 2 and get started on part 3. Well worth the time to listen.
I am really enjoying this book, but I love this period in history. Interesting characters. Every so often it gets a bit slow, but it always picks up again.
I liked this because I love Civil War novels. The cloe relationships betweent the Northern & Southern families added a new dimension.
I read it many years ago and the audio version brought it to life. Great listen
the feeling you are there with the characters, both in Pa and in the South
I first read this book decades ago and enjoyed it immensily. I also watched the mini series and enjoyed that immensly as well. Now finally someone has introduced an unabridged audio version of it, I'm thrilled. Having read the other reviews of this book I have to agree that this book is a classic. Actually it is an epic classic especially when considered with the other two books in this series. Jakes does a fabulous job of fictionalising historical events as this book and the two that follow it so apetly demonstrate. The narrator isn't bad, but he isn't good enough to do these books justice, although to be honest I'm not sure who would be. One of the other reviewers compared this book or series with the Winds of War - War and Rememberance series. He was right on the mark like taht series this series is also epic.
Interesting to feel you know how pre-Civil War citizens felt & behaved.... not much different that people today.
I read the book years ago. And I watched the tv mini series. The pictures in my mind may have been influenced by the mini series. But I found listening very enjoyable. I loved the narration. Played it in the car on a long trip with my spouse and we both enjoyed the tale.
I really have a hard time picking a favorite. I think Ory would be the best choice. He had to change his attitude about so many things during the book. I felt I had a much better appreciation for the real people who lived through our civil war.
Hearing the story read aloud just makes it so much more personal. I loved the narration.
I am not good at this sort of question.
This is not great literature. North and South is a great yarn set in a real period of conflict in our nation. Many people have their own personal stories of relatives who lived through the time. I think this book helps to flesh out those stories. It is interesting how quickly the pulse of a nation can change.
The original publication of North and South was in the early 1980s, during an era of epic and sweeping novels by authors such as James Clavell, James Michener, and a collective clamor for this type of story. The popularity extended to the television mini-series, i.e., Roots, The Thorn Birds. In my humble opinion, the abandonment of this type of writing is a shame, a narrow minded view on the part of modern day publishers. There seems to be a belief that readers are only interested in the immediate gratification of a 50,000 word novel chopped into a 2-hour television movie with over thirty minutes of commercials. I think they are wrong.
I read North and South shortly after the initial publication and loved it, as I do today. Not much I can contribute to other reviews, so will only say that although a fictional story about two families caught up in the war, North and South is an accurate portrayal of the emotions and fears that lead up to the conflict. It is not a history book, but few latitudes of creative license are taken, it is pretty authentic. This is the first book in the trilogy and ends with the secession of South Carolina and the firing on Ft. Sumter. The American Civil War begins.
The audiobook is long, over thirty hours of listening. Released in 2012, read by Grover Gardner, a pleasant read albeit a distressing period of American history. Worth the credits, I look forward to the sequels.