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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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    Colleen Johnson PASADENA, MD, US 10-26-15
    Colleen Johnson PASADENA, MD, US 10-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Better than tv version"

    Ready to begin part two! The characters, history, performance, and drama are incredibly pulled together!

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    Carol 09-25-15
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    "History brought to life"

    I listen to historical fiction to enhance my understanding of the past, and this book provided context. A credible interpretation of the American people and culture.

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    Jazzy One 09-25-15
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    "Excellent Listen"

    I loved the characters and the reader. I will now listen to books 2 and 3 in the trilogy. This story gave me a much greater understanding of the differences of the people in the North and South and the reasons for it.
    The characters were so well drawn and displayed the wide range of personal and political feelings on both sides. The two families will stay with me for a long time. Beautifully written. I highly recommend this book.

    This is my first comment on an Audio Book.

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    Margret KEWAUNEE, WI, United States 07-26-15
    Margret KEWAUNEE, WI, United States 07-26-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Great historical story of the Civil War!"

    This is a must read for Civil War and American history enthusiasts. John Jakes is an entertaining Author that brings the human element into the Civil War and the events leading up to it.

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    Lesia Petrizio 06-19-15 Member Since 2016
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    Great listen!! Entertaining and kept your interest!

    Narration was good and storyline was good not too many twists and turns that you lost interest or got confused.

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    PMD 05-24-15
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyable!"

    This book & the reading of it is extremely well done! I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. Looking forward to the next one.

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    J3W3L$ 05-05-15
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    "wow...laughed. .cried. ..enjoyed. .."

    great caricatures of life in those days...onward and upward to the next book! can't wait.

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    Amanda Powell 04-30-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent story!"

    I had never read North and South but had seen the TV mini series when I was a kid. It was much better then I remembered from the series. Well worth the credit!

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    Cassandra 04-21-15
    Cassandra 04-21-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Dated and romanticized"

    I wish I hadn't started and now I'm hooked. I harbor doubts about s number of anachronisms that detracted from my enjoyment. It gave me the opportunity to renew my acquaintance with the rise of political machines along with the rise of corporate monopolies. I also feel the characters are poorly developed.

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    we 04-20-15
    we 04-20-15
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    "Delightful!"

    This is a fantastic story of values, beliefs, and habits of several generations of American families (both North and South) during the darkest period of our history. The author makes me feel as if I'm immersed in the period.

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