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North and South: North and South Trilogy, Book 1 | [John Jakes]

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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Publisher's Summary

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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    James Springfield, MO, United States 02-16-13
    James Springfield, MO, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2009

    I drive a truck. Audible helps the miles go by. I normally look for LONG books. 30 Hrs+. Latest is the North and South Trilogy. (Still waiting for Heaven and Hell)

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    "Well worth the wait!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this to anyone with any interest in historical fiction. This is as good on audible as I remember from reading it many years ago!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of North and South?

    The initial meeting of the Main and Hazzard family.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a must read (listen) for any fans of John Jakes

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Perry, OH, United States 02-05-13
    Ken Perry, OH, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of North and South to be better than the print version?

    Book is very well written and brings together the conflicts that were starting to pull friendhsips apart and the narrator is very good at bringing all of the personalities out. I truly enjoyed it,


    What three words best describe Grover Gardner’s voice?

    His voice is compelling-wants me to keep on reading.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Omaha, NE, United States 01-17-13
    Amazon Customer Omaha, NE, United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Finally!"
    Any additional comments?

    I am so glad to see that some of the older books are coming out in unabridged audio formats. Please Audible, don't stop!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Seattle, WA, United States 12-23-12
    Dennis Seattle, WA, United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2004

    Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!

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    "Outstanding!!!"

    This story almost could NOT let me "put it done" or stop listening!!

    If anyone does not listen to this "TELL OF THE SOUTH BEFOR THE CIVIL WAS" is missing a chronicle of early South Carolina & what might have happend...!

    12 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    lee petaluma, CA, United States 06-26-13
    lee petaluma, CA, United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2005
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    "weak, very"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    anyone without any knowledge of the south


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Jakes again?

    not really


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Gardner as always did a great job, but even he could not save this stinker


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    BIG disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    pass on this one if you like history accuracy

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Curly951 Connecticut, USA 01-18-13
    Curly951 Connecticut, USA 01-18-13
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    "The Book Hasn't Aged Well"

    I read all the John Jakes books many years ago and was interested in listening to the audio version of what is probably his most popular work. This book has not aged well, in fact, I see it now as borderline offensive. From the gallant slaveowners to Virgilia, an abolitionist, portrayed so negatively, the tone of the book really turns me off. Added to the fact is I really didn't enjoy the narrator.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    michelle LEHI, UT, United States 01-05-14
    michelle LEHI, UT, United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I could not get into this book!"
    Would you try another book from John Jakes and/or Grover Gardner?

    No!


    What could John Jakes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make the story line a little more interesting!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from North and South?

    All of the stuff about IRON!


    Any additional comments?

    I started this book with high hopes but only got to chapter 12. I was so bored with the story, I didn't like theme of the book, and I just couldn't connect with any characters. This really, really could have been a good book if the story line was just a little bit different!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marcia BURLINGTON, VT, United States 07-08-13
    Marcia BURLINGTON, VT, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Not Great"

    In his efforts to make the run up to the Civil War a balanced view from both sides, Mr. Jakes forgot to balance his characters. All evil characters lusting to commit revenge on the good guys gets boring and predictable. Since I know how the war turned out, I don't need to learn what happens to these characters. I won't read the rest of this series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DWR Minnesota, USA 02-03-13
    DWR Minnesota, USA 02-03-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Fantastic"

    I have been looking for some time for the audio version of some of the "contemporary" American classics like those written by John Jakes. The book was exceptional and the audio version was exceptional too.

    Grover Gardner was just the person to interpret the story and did a great job on the various characters' voices.

    Audible: Please more of this genre, how about some of Michener's books...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy S. Giarrusso way down south 02-02-13
    Amy S. Giarrusso way down south 02-02-13 Member Since 2012

    shopaholic

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    "A series to lose yourself in"

    I became instantly hooked on this series and the captivating characters. Very detailed historically. Looking for similar series as we speak.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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