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.
to many steamy relationship parts. overboard on the sexual tension.
Disappointment, I wanted to finish but couldn't put up with all the Sex
I really enjoyed listening to this novel and feel I have a much better understanding of the events leading up to the Civil War. Jake's characters are likeable or despicable, and all are interesting in one way or another. I am eagerly waiting to hear part 2.
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.
David is my husband - I'm the one that actually picks out and listens to the books. ~ Anna
First of all, I love Grover Gardner. He is an excellent narrator and makes the characters come to life. This is also my first John Jakes book and I was pleasantly surprised and hooked. I'm looking forward to checking out his other books. His ability to weave characters together, create drama, and bring in historical accuracy was wonderful.
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
Yes. I had read North and South when it came out years ago, but hearing by audio proved just as enjoyable. The many different family members and the narration by Grover Gardner helped the story about pre-civil war and how it affected families on both sides.
I liked his voice; reminded me of you grandfather telling the story.
I would enjoy taking Cooper out because he seems very perceptive.
Yes, I would listen to this book again. It is filled with lots of real historical information. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book.
Too many to choose from
The road to the American revolution
Historical fiction is a difficult genre - play too close to Historical fact and people will accuse you of straying from the facts. Play too loose with facts and people will accuse you of not paying attention at all. This book strikes the balance - fictional characters that are period appropriate, that happen to be in some historically significant places at the correct (or incorrect) time. It cannot be an easy balance to strike, but Mr. Jakes has done so and as a result has produced a book that is both entertaining and mostly factual. By using fictional characters, one is liberated from any one particular person and what they said or did not say and can instead set up the possibility of a pair of families that symbolize the struggle of North vs. South in the era leading up to the Civil War. This book is an excellent read and is very well read. For anyone interested in the Civil War, Historical fiction, or just plain good fiction - this book has something for you. I already bought the second one!
No not again but I am not a listen a second time kind of guy. I will listen to the rest of the Jakes Trilogy though.
I liked the characters as well as the way the book gives the reader (listener) a feel for the times. How the North viewed the South and vice versa
Not that I remember
Already been done
I really enjoyed this book, so much more than the watching the TV movie version. It's a very long story, so I'm not sure I'll have time to listen to it again.
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