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.
No not again but I am not a listen a second time kind of guy. I will listen to the rest of the Jakes Trilogy though.
I liked the characters as well as the way the book gives the reader (listener) a feel for the times. How the North viewed the South and vice versa
Not that I remember
Already been done
I really enjoyed this book, so much more than the watching the TV movie version. It's a very long story, so I'm not sure I'll have time to listen to it again.
Eloquent, thoughtful, challenging
Gone with the Wind. Looking glass view of civil war time and history
His reading helps me forget I am listening but "see" his vocal photos of the book.
Ory keep me looking at his constant change and growth as the wold around him changed
Love John Jakes.
Addicted to Dickens, Charles Dickens. I've listened to all his novels at least twice. Our Mutual Friend and Little Dorrit are my favorite.
Again and again
Lonesome Dove Series...it also blended history and fiction into a wonderful entertaining way.
The first time George and Orry meet and instantly become lifetime friends.
I had extreme reaction to through the whole 3 book series. The horror of the war. The evil of Bent was horrible but the villainy of certain member of the Maine and Hazzard family most of them the females was deplorable. I love the way Virgilia came to be in the end and actually help the Maine in a most surprising way, it was very humorous. It has many extreme scenes which makes extreme reaction automatic.
John Jakes Triology - North & South, Love & War, Heaven & Hell. What amazing novels!!! Far much better than the tv show which starred Patrick Swayze (RIP a great actor), it was a wonderful tv show but the books are better because of the more details. The books tell of things that the show could not. Please use your credits to listen to them. They are as good as Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove series, which John Jakes quotes in the third book of the series. Also, what I loved about the novels is how John Jakes mention many times Charles Dickens and several of his novels.
I first read these books in the 80's around the time of the mini-series. My memory was of amazing battles, tons of history, and some wicked characters. Re-reading these as an adult, I found the story a little pedestrian, full of clichés. Still great fun walking down memory lane with a series that led me to love affair with historical romances. One issue that distracted me, Grover Gardner also read the Shelby Foote Civil War History. After listening to hundreds of hours of that epic, his voice is stamped into my mind. Throughout the North and South books I would suddenly get confused as to which book I was listening to. Not a big deal, but it did happen multiple times.
I'm not finished yet, but loving this recorded version. So glad I've already gotten the 2nd in the series!
I liked this because I love Civil War novels. The cloe relationships betweent the Northern & Southern families added a new dimension.
I loved this book, couldn't wait to get back to it every time I got in the car; I discovered things about the South and the North that I had never considered before as being relevant; that is, friends who have shared a lifetime of experiences together at West Point, families growing up, sharing holidays together, suddenly confronted with this huge difference in morality. The southerners can't see the problem and want the north to just butt out and mind their own business, the northerners are outraged by the human misery. I found the narration perfect, the inflections in all the right places. I couldn't wait to get to the end to see what happened to their families.
Avid reader and listener, I enjoy history, popular science, suspense and legal thrillers with a dash of epic fantasy thrown in for flavor.
John Jakes' classic novel of the civil war through the stories of the Hazards and Mains. Great story, well performed.
John Jakes did the research and then brought out what it would have been like for various characters who lived during the years leading up to the Civil War. What did it feel like to live in the north or in the south in those years. History books give us the facts, but John Jakes gives us insight into what various individuals might have felt under different circumstances -- in the north and in the south. Especially interesting is his insight into the mood of the country and the characters in his book in the days leading up to Lincoln's election and the start of the war. How did it feel to be a northerner in the south or to be a southerner in the north in those days. While he may have emphasized extreme positions to some extent, it is likely that the scenes and emotions he described did exist in those troubled days. He gives us an understanding history books can't.
The Winds of War and War and Remembrance gave similar insight for World War II.
The sex descriptions seem to be thrown in to make the book attractive to those who like that kind of thing. They are overdone at times and not important to the story.
The narrator is average at best.
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