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.
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
Yes and no. Neither can be put down easily.
I just love this narrator. I was really worried because I love Grover Gardner as Andy Carpenter and I wondered if I could adjust to listen to him as a Civil War era narrator and character. He really made this book enjoyable.
I laughed and cried. The characters are so believable and they show the extremes of humanity - passions run deep. There were times I wasn't sure I could listen to the more graphic parts of the book but they did not last long and they were as tempered as can be and still invoke a strong emotion from the reader.
I really enjoyed North and South but this was too slow. All the characters had been developed in book 1 and there wasn't enough depth in the story to keep me interested. Either shorten the story or add depthj.
I might try ------ with a different series.
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.