From America's master storyteller and writer of historical fiction comes the dramatic conclusion to the North and South saga.
The Civil War has ended, but the Hazards and Mains have yet to face their greatest struggles. Even as the embers of old hatreds continue to burn in the heart of a nation torn apart by war, a new future in the West awaits a new generation of Americans seeking a life of their own - and a place to call their own.
Filled with all of the vivid drama, passion, and action that have made John Jakes the acclaimed master of historical fiction, Heaven and Hell is the tumultuous final chapter in one of the greatest epics of our time.
©1982 John Jakes (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I love history and I really love a good story based in historical events.
I loved the look at the Reconstruction era.
I liked how the author managed to suck me in with the story of Charles Maine and his difficulty fitting into a post war world. I got this book to just finish out the trilogy, but I wasn't that interested. However having read the first 2 felt I had to read the last one. I was surprised at how much the book managed to hold my interest.
I have heard a number of Grover Gardner's audio performances. He did a good job, but his wasn't the vocal style I would have picked for this series. He sounds too Western. Better would have been 2 readers - one with a Mid-Atlantic accent for the Hazards, and one with a South Carolina accent for the Maines.
Having listened to the entire series it felt like Mr Jakes started to lose his enthusiasm for the story. By killing off one of the most interesting characters early in the series he sort of painted himself in a corner. The whole "journal" aspect was annoying and I really wanted to just fast forward through those parts but since I had invested so much time in the previous books I waded through it. I wanted to see how he was going to conclude everything but the series really seemed to go down hill. Some of the story lines were dull at best and only the Charles story line really was worthwhile. With that said even that had some aspects that were very unbelievable. Grover was solid but he could not save the dragging story lines. If you listen to North and South you will probably want to listen to Love and War and so on. Knowing now what I now know I am not sure I would of used my credits.
I went through this whole series, one after another. The third book, while good, was not anywhere near as interesting as the first two. The description of the fight with the Indians with Custer was so vivid, it almost made you sick. I really like the depth of Charles Main's character. On the other end, I felt that few other characters were as developed in this book, as in the others. At times, it felt more like a mish mash of historical facts. Aston was fascinating to watch sink as a result of her own choices. Bent proved to be an interesting character weaving through the books.
All and all, I am glad I read the last book as I would have always wanted to know what happened with each of the characters. But the fact that this book was not to the level of the quality of story telling as the first two was clear. Still an enjoyable read and a must if you have done the first two books.
I'm assuming that if you're thinking of reading book three, it means you've made it through the epic journey's that are books 1 and 2. If so, how you will find this third book depends on why you were reading the first two. If, like some, you are interested in the stories from the civil war aspect, then the third will disappoint. Ditto if you are looking for a lot more insight into the main characters of the first books. This 3rd book is essentially the story of Charles Main and his life "out west".
If, like me, you love well developed charters in a historical setting, then you will still find this book very enjoyable. Mr. Jakes continues to be unsparing in his portraits of human nature as he tells the story of "how the west was won", and this could cause some to have a negative view of this story, especially those of a righteous bent. As always, though, his work seems well researched and, although obviously fiction, is probably more reflective of reality than much of what passes for official histories.
To summarize, I loved this book and the performance. I will likely listen to it again, which is high praise indeed from me. If, however, you are looking for more of a "Civil War" story, then you may be disappointed.
Addicted to Dickens, Charles Dickens. I've listened to all his novels at least twice. Our Mutual Friend and Little Dorrit are my favorite.
Oh yes I would. Because of the history and the fiction that blended together so wonderfully.
The Lonesome Dove series. For the same reason I would listen to them again. The history blended so beautifully with the fiction. The characters of both series so worth knowing.
Yes, I did. He had good clear voice.
I would not change it. The title fit the story.
John Jakes Triology - North & South, Love & War, Heaven & Hell. What amazing novels!!! Far much better than the tv show which starred Patrick Swayze (RIP a great actor), it was a wonderful tv show but the books are better because of the more details. The books tell of things that the show could not. Please use your credits to listen to them. They are as good as Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove series, which John Jakes quotes in the third book of the series. Also, what I loved about the novels is how John Jakes mention many times Charles Dickens and several of his novels.
The North and South Trilogy was awesome. I rarely give any book a five star rating but all three volumes were definitely 5 star.
All three books were great, the narrator was very good and I would highly recommend this series to anyone.
The fact that it was meant and written within its time's culture, It made me feel as if I entered the times
only the other two books in the collection
North and South, Love and War, and finally, Heaven and Hell is an American Civil War trilogy. This final edition is intended to be the reconstruction period, so I thought … the rebuilding of the southern states following the war. Although a terrific series, this novel is much more focused on the development of the west, the American Indian wars. The history is interesting, but frankly, it would have been a better story if the author had focused on reconstruction and stayed with the American Civil War theme rather than cowboys and indians. These chapters reveal the further tribulations of one character, his personal demons, and a great deal of grizzly abuse, animals and people alike.
Although the novels would stand alone, you’d be shortchanging yourself not to start at the beginning. One of the most difficult accomplishments, at least in my opinion, is for the individual characters to come to life, seem real and alive. Jakes accomplishes this with several of his characters. The reader will make friends and enemies of them all. A fun, educational, and um….very long…listen. The entire series is read by Grover Gardner, and is approximately one hundred hours of listening. Gardner does a great job, but a little slow for my taste, bumped it up to 1.5.
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.
This book wrapped up the situations of each family member as best it could. Not every life has a happy ending but each life has happiness. I was reminded of Madeline's struggles and her ending tie to supporting friends. I enjoyed seeing Brett so happy. Ashton landed exactly where she should be.
Charles. His story dominated this tome and he really struggled with himself. He finally came around and found what he was looking for - love.
Such sweet melody is listening to Grover Gardner.
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