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Love and War: Volume Two of the North and South Trilogy Audiobook

Love and War: Volume Two of the North and South Trilogy

The Main and Hazard families clash on and off the Civil War’s battlefields as they grapple with the violent realities of a divided nation. America's master storyteller continues his reign with Love and War, a story steeped in passion and betrayal. With the Confederate and Union armies furiously fighting, the once-steadfast bond between the Main and Hazard families continues to be tested. From opposite sides of the conflict, they face heartache and triumph on the frontlines as they fight for the future of the nation and their loved ones.
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Publisher's Summary

The Main and Hazard families clash on and off the Civil War’s battlefields as they grapple with the violent realities of a divided nation.

America's master storyteller continues his reign with Love and War, a story steeped in passion and betrayal. With the Confederate and Union armies furiously fighting, the once-steadfast bond between the Main and Hazard families continues to be tested. From opposite sides of the conflict, they face heartache and triumph on the frontlines as they fight for the future of the nation and their loved ones.

With his impeccable research and unfailing devotion to the historical record, John Jakes offers his most enthralling and enduring tale yet.

©1982 John Jakes (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Tim 02-07-15
    Tim 02-07-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow! Blown away! Fantastic Listen!!!"

    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!

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    Amazon Customer Arizona 02-02-15
    Amazon Customer Arizona 02-02-15

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    "Outstanding Civil War Epic"

    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.

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    Rachel 01-23-15
    Rachel 01-23-15
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    "Awesome historical fiction!"

    It's a classic. I love historical fiction! This one did not disappoint. I recommend to any history fan, or fiction fan.

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    Hugh Leona Valley, CA, USA 01-16-15
    Hugh Leona Valley, CA, USA 01-16-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Solid story, excellent narration"

    A very good follow-up to the first book. Liked the characters. Loved the details. Vivid, lusty, touching at times, too.

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    J Riverton, WV, United States 09-29-14
    J Riverton, WV, United States 09-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent"

    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.

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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 06-16-14
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 06-16-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Love and War"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 01-02-14
    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 01-02-14 Member Since 2007

    Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.

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    "Profoundly Sad Chapter in US History"

    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.

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    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 12-29-13
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 12-29-13 Member Since 2014

    Voracious reader since age 2. I give unbiased reviews in all genres: history, mystery, bios, crime, sci-fi - from front to BLACK!

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    "UNNECESSARILY RACIAL (AS OPPOSED TO "RACIST")"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    White people only. I have never been over-sensitive to racial slurs and/or racism in literature, as long as it is done in the proper context. This book, however, takes racial hatred and ignorance to a level that I found hard to bear.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Well, I thought it was going to be John Jakes" Heaven and Hell", the 3rd book in this series. I'd already purchased it. But I'm returning BOTH books.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Grover Gardner was outstanding. His mastery of the southern and northern accents was great. Plus there are so many different characters in this book, yet he was able to give each its own identity.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    ANGER. Anger at a level that I haven't experienced in decades. I actually thought I might hurt somebody by the middle of Part 2 - which was as much as I could take.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is very well written and researched. However, John Jakes went a bit far in his depiction of racism among American whites. I have never EVER before been upset by the use of the word "nigger" in books or the description of the oppression and cruelty endured by my people as slaves in this country. I loved Shelby Foote's "Civil War" series because it gave an accurate, unbiased, and non-stereotypical account of that period in American history. I have many books about racism - both fact and fiction - in my Audible.com Library of over 1,400 audiobooks but I don't know what it is about this book which took me over the cusp of what I could handle. Not just as a black person, but as a HUMAN BEING. I sincerely hope that Jakes exaggerated the cruelty, the hatefulness, and the ignorance of white people towards black people in the years before, during and after the Civil War. This account doesn't stress enough the economic necessity for slavery, which I understood, if I didn't actually agree with. Here, Jakes depicts the only need for slavery was because whites merely hated blacks so much - that the only place for us was in chains or having our women raped or, as one character states in this book, to be be freed only to be shot and killed on sight. I was nauseated by John Jakes' characterization of white people towards blacks. No book nor movie has ever made me this sick in my stomach. I'm even more stunned by the fact that I seem to be the only person appalled by this book. This story could have been written without the level of hatred that it depicts. I am left to wonder what was really in Jakes' heart when he wrote this book. It also disturbs me to think that white people are STILL this awful and hateful. For the first time in my life, I am afraid....

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    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 12-15-13
    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 12-15-13 Member Since 2016

    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.

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    "WOW! Very long!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Love and War to be better than the print version?

    Yes and no. Neither can be put down easily.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    margaret seaton 09-29-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow"
    What disappointed you about Love and War?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Jakes again?

    I might try ------ with a different series.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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