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.
This book makes you feel like you personally experienced this tumultuous time in our nation's history. I find it fascinating to get put in the minds of so many people and find out what they think about events as they happen and why they think that way. You get to experience different perspectives while also being entertained.
Very good, a favorite
Orry and George against Bent.
Orry and George taking down Bent, several times.
A must-have for fans of historical fiction.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
"Interesting characters in interesting times"
A thought provoking characterisation of two families fighting to keep their friendships alive while their country tears itself apart. Looking forward to the next 2 books.
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