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Love and War: Volume Two of the North and South Trilogy | [John Jakes]

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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    Amazon Customer Arizona 02-02-15
    Amazon Customer Arizona 02-02-15 Member Since 2014

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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 Member Since 2014
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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"
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    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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    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 12-15-13
    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 12-15-13 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    margaret seaton 09-29-13 Member Since 2014
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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.


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    SpeechPathMom 06-28-13

    “What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    "Good Follow Up"

    While it is a good follow up and worth the listen, there are such heartbreaking moments that alter the course of the whole story. It is hard to imagine how the author will continue the story when the main elements have altered completely. This story almost completely ties up all the original stories that one could speculate that this should have been the last book in the story.

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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 06-12-13
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 06-12-13 Member Since 2011

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "The Heartache of War"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this audiobook to a friend because of the two families who the novel has been centered around. This made the novel easier to follow. The Hazard's from the North and the Main's from the South. These families become the best of friend's when two young meet at West Point. Their friendship carried over after leaving West Point. Their extended family members were soon included and that two man friendship began to grow. Letters and visits strengthened the bond. That bond would be tested time and time again when the Civil War began. After the Civil War ended the structure of both families had suffered. This audiobook presented an extraordinary description of how the Civil War was fought. The Hazard's and the Main's filled the pages of how these two families had to fight on opposite sides and still try to remain friends when the war was over.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The consistency of keeping the Hazard's and the Main's involved during the war. There were interludes between both of the families on and off the battlefield. When the Civil War ended the two families will have to struggle in order to find their way back to each other. The separation caused by the war will be difficult to fix.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Charles. He was visible during many of the battles. His conscience was frequently tested. Charles is faced with multifaceted decisions when the war ends. The descriptions of Charles during the war and after the war are a worthy listen.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Pitting Friends and Families ...... One Against the Other


    Any additional comments?

    The novel provides quite a history of the Civil War. Having the two families to concentrate on, made the listen a good one. The many descriptions of the battles, guns used, loyalties between men fighting side by side, the bond of trust that solidifies the honor of man and country, North or South. These scenes were written in such a way that I found it enjoyable to listen. I didn't get bogged down in too much rhetoric, that I felt enough was enough. I wanted to continue until the book ended. I'm looking forward to the last novel in the trilogy.

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