Excellent story line and the narrator is very good. It is fiction based on facts and was very enjoyable.
No I love historic fiction, but the characters need to be more real and less naïve or crazy
By the end I was hoping the characters would be killed just to put them and us out of their misery. I think the Civil War was vicious enough without having to make every antagonist crazy and a sadist. It goes on and on with even the writer having to explain why someone could hold a grudge for two generations. The characters also seem too stupid; one minute knowing the person is crazy and wants to kill them and then thinking, “But a Gentleman wouldn't stoop to such a level.”
there is a great deal of redundancy....and unfortunately when developing a story around facts, the creativity is sometime lacking. as it was in this novel. Jakes used the same devices to create friction in the text over and over again, which made it sometimes boring and unimaginative.
The "evil" male characters are homosexual, and the "evil" female characters have intercourse with whoever is around. It is very one dimensional and poorly written, the author has no fantasy as to the characters in the story.
I have been intending to read/listen to this for years. I am happy to have done so now. Both the writing and narration were superb. I intend to listen to the other two volumes in the series.
My mother's ancestors had a plantation in Lexington, KY and owned slaves. My father's ancestors arrived on the Mayflower and became farmers in Massachusetts. I grew in in TN. This book gave me such insight into the dilemma faced by the people of the Country during the pre-Civil War era, and perhaps faced by my own family. I found it gripping. I can't wait to move on to the next two in the series.
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend....no I HAVE recommended it! I learned so much about the beginnings of the Civil war.
I really love the historical background that the book provided.
It is difficult to choose just one character, but if I had to it would be George Hazard.
I think Ashton Main was the most memorable because she is so devious and so shallow that she becomes an almost comical character that you hate.
Loved it! I will be getting the other two books
I could relate with the characters. At one point I cheered on Charles. I thought the author did a great job moving the story along and keeping the reader wondering what's going to happen next. On to book 2.
to many steamy relationship parts. overboard on the sexual tension.
Disappointment, I wanted to finish but couldn't put up with all the Sex