I loved reading this book back in the 80's. Audible lets me go back in time and enjoy again. I listen on the road traveling from place to place. The narrator gave a superb performance bringing the characters 'to life. Going on to the next in the series immediately.
Some books are wroth your time and some are not, this one is wroth your time. The story is well told and there is a history lesion in there for those who listen. John Jake was wright in his thanks to all the people who help make this happen: The quote was not his but the meaning is still the same We are still fighting this war and we will be fighting it until both side can say they where wrong. But these two family show that you san rise above anything that is put in front of you, The county could have learn a lot from them. So please listen to this book all of them it is wroth your money and time.
This Trilogy is a must read for anyone who enjoys American History and particularly the Civil War era. The characters are very well developed and interesting. Loved this series of books and wish it did not end at 3. Grover Gardner does an excellent job of narrating. Each character was brought to life by Grover.
Charles - True gentleman and warrior.
Grover Gardner did an outstanding job of bringing all the characters to life.
When one of the main characters dies in the second book. In the last book when another vital character dies.
A deep emotional sense of the times wrapped around a compelling story and characters you cant help but care about. I could not wait to see what would happen next
Great way to gain knowledge of the period hopefully is close to issues of the day
This is masterful story telling that captures the prevailing attitudes of the North and South leading up to the Civil War. If I didn't know any better, I'd think this was a Follett novel. Jake's style reminded me of Follett's century trilogy. A must read for anyone who found the antebellum period boring in history class, or anyone like me that loves Civil War novels.
I loved both North and South books and the way the story evolves from two boys being raised in two different worlds within one country, who eventually meet at West Point and develop a friendship that will be tested repeatedly throughout their lives. How events leading up to the Civil War shape and affect each of them and every person in their lives and the different choices they make and paths they take weave this into an intricate and detailed telling of a volatile time in our country's history that finally reaches it's breaking point. For me, there were times when the detail was swallowing me up and I was becoming disconnected, but these segments would pass and I was caught up once again.
While this trilogy has been around for over thirty years, it is almost erie that I chose to finally absorb their contents at a time when our country is as divided now as it was then. Will history repeat itself?
This book has been enjoyable, entertaining & enlightening. I saw the mini series long ago, but now I want to see it again. Just purchased the DVD. After listening to this audible rendition, I'm sure the story will be much more interesting & enjoyable. I highly recommend North and South.