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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I don't know if I would try another John Jakes book, but I would give Grover Gardner another try.
I would probably not recommend North and South because it was kind of dry. I'm a fan of historical fiction, but this was kind of shallow and repetitive. Everyone is very one dimensional.
I don't know how much a narrator could pull out of this book. He did the northern and southern accents, unfortunately the characters really had nothing to say.
It was something to fill freeway time. It is better than AM radio.
I think that this is quite a difficult read as the writing style is very old school. It's tough to listen to it and associate even though I have read it before
Very very good
I guess that it's intact for a historical fiction. I would modernize it a little
I love historical fiction when it is done right. This novel was great in that way. True historical events happen to and around the fictional characters. I hear a deep and complex story of interwoven families; live and grow with them. All the while, they are impacted by the current events around them. The impending Civil War. I like to learn a little bit while I am being entertained!! I only left off a star because there was no one particular character that I fell in love with.
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
I've not read the printed version but I definitely enjoyed the audio edition.
How the story was written through the eyes of two friends. One from the North and the other from the South.
When Charles was introduced as a character.
The Saga of the Civil War
Grover Gardener's narration was excellent. The novel helped me to have a better understanding of the cause of the Civil War. The novel being told through the eyes of two families was a great way to read about the Civil War. I don't enjoy reading a novel that doesn't have characters, only narration explaining the hows and whys, makes for boring listening.
Coming form a country outside the US I had little knowledge of the history behind the Civil War. This book is very informative and paints a very good picture of life in the eighteen hundreds in both the North and South.
"The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why" Mark Twain
What can I say about this book and it's author that haven't already been said?
The North and South series is fantastic. It's the story of two families intertwined by friendship, love, and marriage; separated by being "northerners" and "southerners", and ultimately by civil war.
I couldn't help but love the characters. They are well developed and intertwined, but not in such a way that would make the book confusing. John Jakes is the PG-13 version of Ken Follett - just enough to keep the story interesting, but not enough to make it pornographic. Those who have read both authors know what I'm talking about.
Its hard to imagine what life would have been like living during the civil war period. Your friends - and even some of your family - suddenly your "enemies", all because of the evil ideology of slavery, corrupted power structures, culture, and simple geography. The veins of slavery ran deep enough to turn a nation against itself, resulting in hundreds of thousands dead. It's books like this that help you see the victims on both sides.
Audio is in Al's name but it's MaryJane who listens to the books.
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.
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.
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.
Reading, the arts and physical activity clarify, explain, illustrate, and interpret life’s goods and bads.
North and South takes the reader on a tour of the animosities and misunderstandings that rose in the United States South, North and West, during the pre-Civil War years. Precisely the preceding twenty year period leading to the attempted breakup of the Union in 1860/61. The author John Jakes does this by telling a wonderful story centered on the friendship that builds between two West Point Cadets and their families. One family from Pennsylvania and the other from South Carolina. One a steel manufacturing family the other a rice growing plantation clan. The story is an – “I cannot put it down for a minute.” Found myself sneaking little moments out of the day to listen to a few more episodes of the plot. Notwithstanding the good story, it is a true awakening to the attitudes of the citizenry of our nation in the lead up to the rebellion. The attitude that John Jakes portrays is generally pitiful. We may have been an emerging great nation but our populace, generally, were pathetic.
This is a wonderful way to consider an epoch time in our past. It is one volume of a three part trilogy; before the war, during the war and after the war. North and South is Book One. This book provides a new methodology for Civil War students to consider the tragedy of the War Between the States. It is a worthwhile read and an intriguing read? Lincoln plays just about no part in this story it is a tale of the people their ethics and anticipations.
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