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 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)
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!
The initial meeting of the Main and Hazzard family.
It's a must read (listen) for any fans of John Jakes
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,
His voice is compelling-wants me to keep on reading.
I am so glad to see that some of the older books are coming out in unabridged audio formats. Please Audible, don't stop!
Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!
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...!
anyone without any knowledge of the south
Gardner as always did a great job, but even he could not save this stinker
pass on this one if you like history accuracy
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.
Make the story line a little more interesting!
All of the stuff about IRON!
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!
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.
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...
I became instantly hooked on this series and the captivating characters. Very detailed historically. Looking for similar series as we speak.
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