With this book, John Jakes has surpassed my wildest hopes. After reading the first book in the series, North and South, I did not think there was any way that the next book could or would be even better, but it was! Grover Gardner has the perfect voice for this novel. His performance was simply stellar! I cannot wait to listen to the third book in this series.
I live in Northern Virginia and had no idea that so many places I pass through regularly and have grown up around have such deep historical significance! I will never be able to look upon my surroundings in the same way. I will always be thinking about what I heard in this wonderful story! The amount of detail and richness in this story is mind-boggling. I have become an enormous fan of John Jakes!
If you enjoy romance, historical fiction, history, or anything to do with the Civil War, you will love this book!
I found this novel both entertaining and enlightening. Well written story and performance was superb! Can't wait to hear the next in the series.
A very good follow-up to the first book. Liked the characters. Loved the details. Vivid, lusty, touching at times, too.
I love this series and the characters are rich and real. The historical facts in this book make you feel like your really in the time period with names you recognize and facts you know.
Audiobook. Over forty hours of listening. Love and War is the second book in a three part trilogy regarding the American Civil War. Although historically accurate, the primary purpose of this story is not to convey history. It is rather to convey the effects of history of the lives of ordinary people. Sweeping and accurate, Love and War pulls the characters from North and South through the war years as human, flawed, and victims all.
Expect the epic-tale style of writing, a different type of presentation than the modern novel. Better, in my opinion, affording the reader the opportunity to savor the time and thoughts of the characters and the author.
Listened to this audiobook at 1.5 speed. Grover Gardner, although a terrific narrator for the series, is a bit slow for my taste.
Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.
It is really necessary to read this series in sequence. This book, 2nd in the series, would be hard to fully appreciate if you hadn't already read/listened to the 1rst book. Jakes doesn't give sufficient background summaries to let the reader have a real understanding of the characters' histories and complex relationships.
Grover Gardner is outstanding as a narrator! However the story wavered between being a history text (somewhat dry) and a horrifying condemnation of man's inhumanity to man. There were barbarous acts on both sides of the Civil War. The constant horror or the war was exhausting and heartbreaking to listen to. I can't even begin to fully understand the actual reality that our ancestors lived (or died) through.
My 3 stars for story, are based on the very wearing nature of the heinous acts described. This book is quite likely very true and history based ... but I listen to books for entertainment and found much of this installment very hard to hear. If you are a history buff and love good historical insights that are well researched, then this book is probably for you. Just not for me.
I do recommend listening to Jakes' afterword. Even if you give up early, don't skip this last chapter. He is a thoughtful author who demonstrates a deep caring for the authenticity of his work and the reader's overall experience.