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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Let me start off by saying this is a great book!! The book is better than the mini series!! John Jakes does a great job with the civil war and the family events!! I hated to lose some of the main characters but all great things have to come to an end.. With the end of the war and the start of the rebuild of Mont Royal and Charles trying to find his way with his new life and his new love this should be a great way to start the third book!! Can't wait!!!
Captivating, intricate, occasionally predictable
I would compare to Outlander in that both sagas are captivating and the character development is extraordinary.
The series is so in depth it is difficult to pick just one.
Madeline Mayne (funny how on audiobooks you are unsure of spelling of names) is compelling.
I couldnt stop listening to this series
Others have criticized book 2 in this series as not as good as the first. I disagree, and found the story a natural extension of the first. It is, however a fairly dark story, but entertaining and captivating nonetheless.
The story was very well done. Well researched, it is what I would consider as accurate as far as can be in a work of fiction. Be forewarned, however, that this also means that terminology and attitudes of that era are also presented the same way. For those with a thin skin, this could be somewhat shocking.
Although my favourite narrators tend to be Brits, Mr. Gardner is well matched to this series. I thoroughly enjoyed his pace, inflections, and interpretations of characters.
So, keeping things short, if you have any interest in the Civil War era, and perhaps a glimpse into how the US has evolved into what it is today with regards to politics, this series may be of interest to you while simultaneously providing a darned good story.
The American civil war and its many component intrigues me. I have listened to many books about this era however John Jakes has done a splendid job in his books – North and South, Love and War. Apart from just enjoying the books, I also learned something about the North and South that I never knew.
I love the story lines- mixing history with some make belief. You feel as if you were there. Both books (since they are connected) as a whole have left a deep impression in my heart about valuing relationships. I am glad a few characters in the book got what they deserved and also very sorry that one of the main characters died. I guess the story will not be realistic if this did not happen.
I have already pre-ordered the last book – Heaven and Hell. I would like to see the three books made into a movie :)
The narrator - Grover Gardner could not have done better - good job
When Orie died or when Charles found his son
I loved every part of his performance. Loved the way he could switch from one character to the other
movie - perhaps?
I will definitely listen to Love and War again. If history class had been this interesting in school, I probably would have paid more attention! This is NOT another factual account of Civil War battles. This is a look at all the things you didn't learn in history class tied together in a story line that will let you see and feel both sides of the the most atrocious event in American history. The characters were so real. You loved them, you hated them, you understood them, and you didn't. You come away from it feeling like you have lived through that period in history.
Obviously, North and South, however, I liked this one much better. Often you think you will be disappointed by a second book in a series, or by a book that has been made a movie or t.v. show, but this one will change your mind.
Without spoiling anything, it involved Sport, the horse.
Impossible due to the length, but I listened non-stop for days!
If you like historical fiction, don't miss this one! I was very moved by it. It is definitely one of the best uses of my credits in recent years. I can't wait for the third installment in this series to be released in Audio!
Love and War is the dark part of the North and South Trilogy... the storyline is during the deepest parts of the War and therefore has the burden of telling that story.
I appreciate the use of the Horse as a metaphor for the mind numbing losses that took place during the conflict.. it is hard to imagine the wide scope of such an immense happening in our history... but to feel the pain of the loss of your closest companion and most valued and irreplaceable tool brings the loss to a level that can be felt even in such a small increment.
The story at this part shows well the struggle of Love ... love of family.. love of our ideals... right or wrong as they may be... love of friends.. and love of our ways... again... right or wrong.
We also see the destruction and the encroching upon our thought processes of
Evil.. how subtle a game can be played when good men do not stand.
No!!! This is a story that I needed to think about as it unfolds... the depths of the lessons that our history has to impart to us it too widespread to gulp. It needs to be savored and pondered over to actually learn anything.
If we cannot learn from our past......
Start with North and South and take the journey. It is worth the travel.
the Gadget Queen
I was literally counting the hours until my pre-order of this book arrived. It was certainly compelling, but not as strong as the first volume, in my opinion.
The plot got very complicated -- yes, the Civil War was complicated, but the battles and plot twists were sometimes hard to follow -- and as another reviewer mentioned, some of the dialogue was long-winded.
What I felt in this book was that characters that were quite well-drawn in Volume One became a bit more stereotypical in this book. The "villains," Ashton and Bent, were somewhat ridiculous in the first book -- I thought heaving bosoms and nymphomania were the stuff of really bad romance novels -- but became very caricatured in this one. The sex scenes were cringeworthy.
But even well-drawn characters like Charles and Orrie lost some luster here.They often fulfilled the stereotype of the Southerner as "hot-blooded" and "impetuous" -- if they'd been horses they might have stomped their feet!
I generally like Grover Gardner as a narrator, but he's pretty weak on accents.
Having expressed these reservations, it's still a really engaging and moving story, and gives a sense of the human bravery and sacrifice that shaped this terrible period in American history.
Now counting the days and hours until Part 3 arrives!
This one is so very enjoyable because it gives an inside view of life during this critical period of history while keeping historic events in order.
Haven't finished it yet.
He has a way of distinguishing his voice to make different characters come to life even in a rapid conversation
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Though this second volume was very good it seemed to fall short of the first. There is a great deal of unnecessary dialog that I felt was to NO point or purpose in the story! The aforementioned seemed to make the story/book a bit to looooooong.
Irrespective of the above comments I GENUINLY look FORWARD to volume three!!!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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