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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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    tanis 02-06-15
    tanis 02-06-15
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend....no I HAVE recommended it! I learned so much about the beginnings of the Civil war.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really love the historical background that the book provided.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    It is difficult to choose just one character, but if I had to it would be George Hazard.


    Who was the most memorable character of North and South and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it! I will be getting the other two books

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    Amazon Customer 01-23-15
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    narration excellent. story excellent. I recommend it for all those who enjoy historical novels.

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    Amazon Customer 01-23-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Captured"

    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.

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    sm6jesse NW Washington, USA 01-07-15
    sm6jesse NW Washington, USA 01-07-15
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    "Basically a Soap Opera..."
    Would you try another book from John Jakes and/or Grover Gardner?

    no


    What was most disappointing about John Jakes’s story?

    to many steamy relationship parts. overboard on the sexual tension.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    George Main


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

    Disappointment, I wanted to finish but couldn't put up with all the Sex


    Any additional comments?

    disappointment

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carl Crescent City, CA, United States 12-23-14
    Carl Crescent City, CA, United States 12-23-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Engaging historical novel"

    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.

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    T. Vega 03-25-14
    T. Vega 03-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting Concept"
    Would you try another book from John Jakes and/or Grover Gardner?

    I don't know if I would try another John Jakes book, but I would give Grover Gardner another try.


    Would you recommend North and South to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was North and South worth the listening time?

    It was something to fill freeway time. It is better than AM radio.


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    David COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 03-17-14
    David COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 03-17-14 Member Since 2012

    David is my husband - I'm the one that actually picks out and listens to the books. ~ Anna

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    "I'm looking forward to Book 2"

    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.

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    Daniel Joburg, South Africa 03-05-14
    Daniel Joburg, South Africa 03-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not for me - it's a tough read"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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


    Has North and South turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Pretty much...


    What three words best describe Grover Gardner’s voice?

    Very very good


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

    I guess that it's intact for a historical fiction. I would modernize it a little


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    Candace S. Weiss 11-27-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Great second Time!"
    Would you listen to North and South again? Why?

    Yes. I had read North and South when it came out years ago, but hearing by audio proved just as enjoyable. The many different family members and the narration by Grover Gardner helped the story about pre-civil war and how it affected families on both sides.


    What other book might you compare North and South to and why?

    Lincoln.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    I liked his voice; reminded me of you grandfather telling the story.


    If you could take any character from North and South out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would enjoy taking Cooper out because he seems very perceptive.


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    leif salinas, CA 93906 11-07-13
    leif salinas, CA 93906 11-07-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book, Lots of interesting Details"
    Would you listen to North and South again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to this book again. It is filled with lots of real historical information. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book.


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

    Too many to choose from


    If you could rename North and South, what would you call it?

    The road to the American revolution


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