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 have been intending to read/listen to this for years. I am happy to have done so now. Both the writing and narration were superb. I intend to listen to the other two volumes in the series.
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
I could relate with the characters. At one point I cheered on Charles. I thought the author did a great job moving the story along and keeping the reader wondering what's going to happen next. On to book 2.
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
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