Others have criticized book 2 in this series as not as good as the first. I disagree, and found the story a natural extension of the first. It is, however a fairly dark story, but entertaining and captivating nonetheless.
The story was very well done. Well researched, it is what I would consider as accurate as far as can be in a work of fiction. Be forewarned, however, that this also means that terminology and attitudes of that era are also presented the same way. For those with a thin skin, this could be somewhat shocking.
Although my favourite narrators tend to be Brits, Mr. Gardner is well matched to this series. I thoroughly enjoyed his pace, inflections, and interpretations of characters.
So, keeping things short, if you have any interest in the Civil War era, and perhaps a glimpse into how the US has evolved into what it is today with regards to politics, this series may be of interest to you while simultaneously providing a darned good story.
The American civil war and its many component intrigues me. I have listened to many books about this era however John Jakes has done a splendid job in his books – North and South, Love and War. Apart from just enjoying the books, I also learned something about the North and South that I never knew.
I love the story lines- mixing history with some make belief. You feel as if you were there. Both books (since they are connected) as a whole have left a deep impression in my heart about valuing relationships. I am glad a few characters in the book got what they deserved and also very sorry that one of the main characters died. I guess the story will not be realistic if this did not happen.
I have already pre-ordered the last book – Heaven and Hell. I would like to see the three books made into a movie :)
The narrator - Grover Gardner could not have done better - good job
When Orie died or when Charles found his son
I loved every part of his performance. Loved the way he could switch from one character to the other
movie - perhaps?
I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible
Let me start off by saying this is a great book!! The book is better than the mini series!! John Jakes does a great job with the civil war and the family events!! I hated to lose some of the main characters but all great things have to come to an end.. With the end of the war and the start of the rebuild of Mont Royal and Charles trying to find his way with his new life and his new love this should be a great way to start the third book!! Can't wait!!!
Captivating, intricate, occasionally predictable
I would compare to Outlander in that both sagas are captivating and the character development is extraordinary.
The series is so in depth it is difficult to pick just one.
Madeline Mayne (funny how on audiobooks you are unsure of spelling of names) is compelling.
I couldnt stop listening to this series
I will definitely listen to Love and War again. If history class had been this interesting in school, I probably would have paid more attention! This is NOT another factual account of Civil War battles. This is a look at all the things you didn't learn in history class tied together in a story line that will let you see and feel both sides of the the most atrocious event in American history. The characters were so real. You loved them, you hated them, you understood them, and you didn't. You come away from it feeling like you have lived through that period in history.
Obviously, North and South, however, I liked this one much better. Often you think you will be disappointed by a second book in a series, or by a book that has been made a movie or t.v. show, but this one will change your mind.
Without spoiling anything, it involved Sport, the horse.
Impossible due to the length, but I listened non-stop for days!
If you like historical fiction, don't miss this one! I was very moved by it. It is definitely one of the best uses of my credits in recent years. I can't wait for the third installment in this series to be released in Audio!
Love and War is the dark part of the North and South Trilogy... the storyline is during the deepest parts of the War and therefore has the burden of telling that story.
I appreciate the use of the Horse as a metaphor for the mind numbing losses that took place during the conflict.. it is hard to imagine the wide scope of such an immense happening in our history... but to feel the pain of the loss of your closest companion and most valued and irreplaceable tool brings the loss to a level that can be felt even in such a small increment.
The story at this part shows well the struggle of Love ... love of family.. love of our ideals... right or wrong as they may be... love of friends.. and love of our ways... again... right or wrong.
We also see the destruction and the encroching upon our thought processes of
Evil.. how subtle a game can be played when good men do not stand.
No!!! This is a story that I needed to think about as it unfolds... the depths of the lessons that our history has to impart to us it too widespread to gulp. It needs to be savored and pondered over to actually learn anything.
If we cannot learn from our past......
Start with North and South and take the journey. It is worth the travel.
Addicted to Audible!
I was literally counting the hours until my pre-order of this book arrived. It was certainly compelling, but not as strong as the first volume, in my opinion.
The plot got very complicated -- yes, the Civil War was complicated, but the battles and plot twists were sometimes hard to follow -- and as another reviewer mentioned, some of the dialogue was long-winded.
What I felt in this book was that characters that were quite well-drawn in Volume One became a bit more stereotypical in this book. The "villains," Ashton and Bent, were somewhat ridiculous in the first book -- I thought heaving bosoms and nymphomania were the stuff of really bad romance novels -- but became very caricatured in this one. The sex scenes were cringeworthy.
But even well-drawn characters like Charles and Orrie lost some luster here.They often fulfilled the stereotype of the Southerner as "hot-blooded" and "impetuous" -- if they'd been horses they might have stomped their feet!
I generally like Grover Gardner as a narrator, but he's pretty weak on accents.
Having expressed these reservations, it's still a really engaging and moving story, and gives a sense of the human bravery and sacrifice that shaped this terrible period in American history.
Now counting the days and hours until Part 3 arrives!
This one is so very enjoyable because it gives an inside view of life during this critical period of history while keeping historic events in order.
Haven't finished it yet.
He has a way of distinguishing his voice to make different characters come to life even in a rapid conversation
Reading, the arts and physical activity clarify, explain, illustrate, and interpret life’s goods and bads.
This is not a history of the Civil War. It is a novel set in the circumstances of the war. A tale of two families and the trials and tribulations they suffer because of the state of the union, leading to and in the conduct of the war. As such the book consists of fictional narrative (of considerable length) having a plot that unfolds and entertains. As a story; it is a very enthralling and takes the reader-listener on a very involving journey.
One does not learn the political theory or history but we do learn of the misdeeds of those who took advantage of the tragedy. The how, when where and whys of the corruption that proliferated by war and its profiteers and heathen combatants. The story provides no quarter of protection from evil. It very well explains the human losses that the war caused – not only in lives, and that great loss was ably demonstrated, but the human angst that comes from the many exigencies war brings. All adding up to a difficult to put down read-listen.
Wonderfully written, wonderfully read, and all in all a good journey travelling with the many characters and their war years.
I had enjoyed North and South, and looked forward to this sequel. The reader was good, and I enjoy historical novels and the Civil War in particular. I stayed with this story for about 14 hours before I decided that I was too bored to go on. At first, I thought that it was the long recap of the first book that made it dull. This book had too many characters doing too many different things to keep momentum going. Too little happened in the "war" parts, and the "love" was pretty sparse and unengaging. Maybe it would have gotten better, but I was not going to waste any more time. The fact that I considered listening to more is the reason I gave it two stars. I had cared about some characters from the first novel, but this one did not sustain that interest.