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.
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!
This book is an amazing read. It not only is entertaining but the historical accuracy of the book just lends to its interest and deeper meaning. I can't wait to read books 3!
Excellent story line and the narrator is very good. It is fiction based on facts and was very enjoyable.
My mother's ancestors had a plantation in Lexington, KY and owned slaves. My father's ancestors arrived on the Mayflower and became farmers in Massachusetts. I grew in in TN. This book gave me such insight into the dilemma faced by the people of the Country during the pre-Civil War era, and perhaps faced by my own family. I found it gripping. I can't wait to move on to the next two in the series.
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend....no I HAVE recommended it! I learned so much about the beginnings of the Civil war.
I really love the historical background that the book provided.
It is difficult to choose just one character, but if I had to it would be George Hazard.
I think Ashton Main was the most memorable because she is so devious and so shallow that she becomes an almost comical character that you hate.
Loved it! I will be getting the other two books
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