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North and South Audiobook

North and South: North and South Trilogy, Book 1

Two strangers, young men from Pennsylvania and South Carolina, meet on the way to West Point.... Thus begins this brilliant novel of antebellum America, spanning three generations and chronicling the lives and loves of two great family dynasties. The Hazards and the Mains are brought together in bonds of friendship and affection that neither jealousy nor violence can shatter - until a storm of events sunders the nation and brings the cataclysm of war!
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Two strangers, young men from Pennsylvania and South Carolina, meet on the way to West Point.... Thus begins this brilliant novel of antebellum America, spanning three generations and chronicling the lives and loves of two great family dynasties. The Hazards and the Mains are brought together in bonds of friendship and affection that neither jealousy nor violence can shatter - until a storm of events sunders the nation and brings the cataclysm of war!

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

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    Alfred CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 03-09-13
    Alfred CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 03-09-13 Member Since 2009

    Audio is in Al's name but it's MaryJane who listens to the books.

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    "Loved it AGAIN"

    Read this book when it first came out many years ago, so this was like brand new to me I really didn't remember much of the story. I enjoyed it then, I loved it now, history, romance, mystery has it all. The characters are wonderful, I lived in the North for many years and now in the South for many years and I can tell you everyone tells a different story about the war depending on where you live - North or South. Just started Book 2 and it's just as good.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rosanne Oklahoma, United States 02-03-13
    Rosanne Oklahoma, United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Nearly impossible to put down"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Jakes weaves fact anc fiction and makes it come alive. After reading and listening to Gone With the Wind several times, I was pleasantly surprised to see names and characters in both books. Reality meets fiction in a wonderful mix. Can't wait to finish part 2 and get started on part 3. Well worth the time to listen.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    J. McGee 10-30-15
    J. McGee 10-30-15

    meandtheboys

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    "I remember when these books were best sellers"

    But after listening to them, I really don't know why, other than the gratuitous sex. I finished book 1 and have tried to finish book 2, but can't. I'll stick to Gone With the Wind.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott A. Miller 05-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good writing and engaging story"

    This is my first experience with John Jakes. At first I found the story difficult to relate to. As I became more familiar with the characters I grew to appreciate and strongly enjoy the book. Furthermore, it is noteworthy that the writing style of the author is not the kind of bland narrative of some contemporary creative writers, who are sometimes compelled to let the power of the story compensate for the quality of the words chosen. Instead, Jakes appears to have meticulously selected his words to craft a deliberate and flowing narrative. Though I found the story engaging and well written, I gave it 4 stars, for I am ranking this book on the basis of literature as a whole, and books such as 20,000 leagues under the sea are stiff competition. Don't let 4 stars dissuade you from considering this book, I rather meant the ranking as a complement against the greatest books of all time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tee 04-09-15
    Tee 04-09-15 Member Since 2014

    Listener of music in words as I roll along, either in the car, or on the subway, or on my exercise bike.

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    "Black and white"

    I found the characters too black and white (and by this I don't mean their skin colors). They were either heroic or cowardly; upright or depraved; lovesick or hate-filled... etc. There's no depth in the characters, nor subtleties in their feelings or thinking. The villains (female and male) are not believable.

    There is also far too much stereotyping. The public voices in the South are negro haters; the public voices in the North are Southerners haters...

    Overall it's not well-crafted storytelling. After the first quarter of the book, I forced myself through the rest just so I could go on to other more worthy books. I don't plan to listen to Parts 2 & 3.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Hartman 04-02-15
    Tom Hartman 04-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Hoping they would all die to end the misery"
    Has North and South turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No I love historic fiction, but the characters need to be more real and less naïve or crazy


    Any additional comments?

    By the end I was hoping the characters would be killed just to put them and us out of their misery. I think the Civil War was vicious enough without having to make every antagonist crazy and a sadist. It goes on and on with even the writer having to explain why someone could hold a grudge for two generations. The characters also seem too stupid; one minute knowing the person is crazy and wants to kill them and then thinking, “But a Gentleman wouldn't stoop to such a level.”

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gunhild 03-17-15
    Gunhild 03-17-15
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    "One dimensional characters and poor imagination"
    Would you ever listen to anything by John Jakes again?

    No.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The "evil" male characters are homosexual, and the "evil" female characters have intercourse with whoever is around. It is very one dimensional and poorly written, the author has no fantasy as to the characters in the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pete Marietta, GA, United States 06-16-14
    Pete Marietta, GA, United States 06-16-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Great trip down memory lane."
    Would you consider the audio edition of North and South to be better than the print version?

    I read the book years ago. And I watched the tv mini series. The pictures in my mind may have been influenced by the mini series. But I found listening very enjoyable. I loved the narration. Played it in the car on a long trip with my spouse and we both enjoyed the tale.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really have a hard time picking a favorite. I think Ory would be the best choice. He had to change his attitude about so many things during the book. I felt I had a much better appreciation for the real people who lived through our civil war.


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

    Hearing the story read aloud just makes it so much more personal. I loved the narration.


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

    I am not good at this sort of question.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not great literature. North and South is a great yarn set in a real period of conflict in our nation. Many people have their own personal stories of relatives who lived through the time. I think this book helps to flesh out those stories. It is interesting how quickly the pulse of a nation can change.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 06-12-14
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 06-12-14 Member Since 2001
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    "North and South"
    Any additional comments?

    The original publication of North and South was in the early 1980s, during an era of epic and sweeping novels by authors such as James Clavell, James Michener, and a collective clamor for this type of story. The popularity extended to the television mini-series, i.e., Roots, The Thorn Birds. In my humble opinion, the abandonment of this type of writing is a shame, a narrow minded view on the part of modern day publishers. There seems to be a belief that readers are only interested in the immediate gratification of a 50,000 word novel chopped into a 2-hour television movie with over thirty minutes of commercials. I think they are wrong.

    I read North and South shortly after the initial publication and loved it, as I do today. Not much I can contribute to other reviews, so will only say that although a fictional story about two families caught up in the war, North and South is an accurate portrayal of the emotions and fears that lead up to the conflict. It is not a history book, but few latitudes of creative license are taken, it is pretty authentic. This is the first book in the trilogy and ends with the secession of South Carolina and the firing on Ft. Sumter. The American Civil War begins.

    The audiobook is long, over thirty hours of listening. Released in 2012, read by Grover Gardner, a pleasant read albeit a distressing period of American history. Worth the credits, I look forward to the sequels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-22-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-22-14 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "YOU HAVE THE INTELLIGENCE,"

    BUT NOT THE FACTS.
    I listened to all 30 + hours of this, which says a lot. I rarely listened to something this long unless it can hold my attention. I have to admit that it started out a little slow and after about three hours, I just about gave up on it. The first five chapters reads a lot like a history book. I love historical fiction, I hate dry history. I really got into it in chapter six and it was pretty good the rest of the way, with just an occasional flat spot.

    THE RACE IS TO THE DRIVEN, NOT THE SWIFT
    I enjoyed learning about life at West Point and about troopers stationed in the Wild West. I did not realize that Indians were made slaves as well as blacks. I did not realize just how much the South and North hated each other. I was shocked to her about a girl of the 1800's pulling a train. There are several sex scenes in this.

    THERE IS JUST ONE THING NECESSARY FOR THE TRIUMPH OF WICKED MEN AND THAT IS FOR GOOD MEN TO REMAIN QUIET.
    Another reviewer mentioned the four evil characters. I will admit they spiced up the book, but they were very one dimensional. They were all evil, no gray. As much as I liked the book, I do not believe Jakes to be as good a story teller as Michael Shaara or Conn Iggulden. He might be a little better then Jeff Shaara or Newt Gingrich. Since it was not a five star book, I will most likely not continue the series.

    The narrator was excellent and made listening better then reading.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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