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.
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.
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.
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.
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In the final book it all comes together.Charles has the biggest part in the third book and its a great story.Charles is trying to find his way.He finds a new girl and starts his life with his son Gus.the rest of the Manes and Hazerds are up to their normal stuff.. John Jakes does a great job again with the real life history around these two great familes. Grover Gardner narrated all three books,he does a great job and he has the perfect voice for this series.I hate to see this series end im sure ill read it again...
The third book in this series brought me to major tears on several occasions .... one particularly harrowing. The fictional story mixed with historical facts paints a vivid picture of life after the Civil War and the plight of so many Americans of all races. It has made me angry; made me incredibly sad. I have cried with and then cheered for the hero of this third book. I have listened to the three books in succession and thoroughly enjoyed this epic tale. Grover Gardner's talent with accents and his emotional portrayal of the characters made everyone of them seem so real. I would recommend this series to anyone with an interest in this period of American history. Loved it.
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I can't say enough about this series. Each and every one of the characters contributes to make this story of the years of the civil war so real it is hard to believe it is fiction. Mr. Jakes has done a brilliant job and Grover Gardner is the perfect narrator.
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The Civil War is over and the Hazzards and the Mains are trying to put their lives back together. Charles Hazzard is the dominant force behind keeping the Hazzard's and the Main's together as they had once been. Charles fought for the North and Ory for the South. The families are now scattered throughout the United States. Charles remains in Charleston, Virginia and his steel works continue to prosper. That was until his nemesis, Bent, murdered his wife, Constance. Charles leaves for Switzerland sure that he will never set foot on American soil again. Charles's brother, Billy, marries Brett and they move to California to begin anew. Ashley remains estranged from her family. Ory was killed at the end of the war trying in vain to help a northern soldier. Madelyn, Ory's wife, remains at the Mount Royal property in South Carolina. She continues to fight for the rights of the black population. Turmoil is increased in the South with the birth of the KKK. The KKK is an organization begun after the Civil War to thwart the equality of the blacks. Charles, Ory's cousin, remains distraught over the death of Augusta, the woman he loved who died giving birth to their son, Gus. Charles continues to wander the country in an attempt to find himself. Virgilia, Charles Hazzard's sister, has her personal vendetta against the North under control. She is no longer the vigilante that she had once been. Cooper, Charles's brother, starts rebuilding his shipping business. He has estranged himself from his family because of his radical political views. Cooper has never resolved his emotions over the death of his son, Juda, many years ago. Cooper's daughter, Emily, marries a northerner and Cooper no longer considers her his daughter. The political atmosphere in Washington is in turmoil. There is a campaign to impeach the President, Andrew Johnson,.
There are many conflicts against the different Indian tribes who live in the Western parts of the United States. The Calvary wants the Indians to relinquish their territory to the white man and live on the reservations that are now in operation. I do believe that the author, John Jakes, almost gets America to the beginning of the twentieth century.The reconstruction of the South takes years to accomplish and the Yankee's and the Rebel's continue to agitate one another as if the Civil War has not ended.
The novel is well written and the narration continues to be excellent. The character's development comes to fruition in the final book of the trilogy. I started with the first book, The North and the South and found that I was able to follow the character's and interactions that occurred throughout the trilogy with ease. The continuity flows smoothly from the first book to the last. The novels are a good read and a great way to spend your time listening as you drive to work or at home. Enjoy!
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