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North and South Audiobook

North and South: North and South Trilogy, Book 1

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Pete Marietta, GA, United States 06-16-14
    Pete Marietta, GA, United States 06-16-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Great trip down memory lane."
    Would you consider the audio edition of North and South to be better than the print version?

    I read the book years ago. And I watched the tv mini series. The pictures in my mind may have been influenced by the mini series. But I found listening very enjoyable. I loved the narration. Played it in the car on a long trip with my spouse and we both enjoyed the tale.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really have a hard time picking a favorite. I think Ory would be the best choice. He had to change his attitude about so many things during the book. I felt I had a much better appreciation for the real people who lived through our civil war.


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

    Hearing the story read aloud just makes it so much more personal. I loved the narration.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I am not good at this sort of question.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not great literature. North and South is a great yarn set in a real period of conflict in our nation. Many people have their own personal stories of relatives who lived through the time. I think this book helps to flesh out those stories. It is interesting how quickly the pulse of a nation can change.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 06-12-14
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 06-12-14 Member Since 2001
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    Any additional comments?

    The original publication of North and South was in the early 1980s, during an era of epic and sweeping novels by authors such as James Clavell, James Michener, and a collective clamor for this type of story. The popularity extended to the television mini-series, i.e., Roots, The Thorn Birds. In my humble opinion, the abandonment of this type of writing is a shame, a narrow minded view on the part of modern day publishers. There seems to be a belief that readers are only interested in the immediate gratification of a 50,000 word novel chopped into a 2-hour television movie with over thirty minutes of commercials. I think they are wrong.

    I read North and South shortly after the initial publication and loved it, as I do today. Not much I can contribute to other reviews, so will only say that although a fictional story about two families caught up in the war, North and South is an accurate portrayal of the emotions and fears that lead up to the conflict. It is not a history book, but few latitudes of creative license are taken, it is pretty authentic. This is the first book in the trilogy and ends with the secession of South Carolina and the firing on Ft. Sumter. The American Civil War begins.

    The audiobook is long, over thirty hours of listening. Released in 2012, read by Grover Gardner, a pleasant read albeit a distressing period of American history. Worth the credits, I look forward to the sequels.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anna COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 03-17-14
    Anna COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 03-17-14 Member Since 2012

    I listen to books as I work. It's a beautiful life.

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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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    michelle LEHI, UT, United States 01-05-14
    michelle LEHI, UT, United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2014
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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!

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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 2016
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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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    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 09-09-13
    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 09-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining and enlightening!"

    Historical fiction is a difficult genre - play too close to Historical fact and people will accuse you of straying from the facts. Play too loose with facts and people will accuse you of not paying attention at all. This book strikes the balance - fictional characters that are period appropriate, that happen to be in some historically significant places at the correct (or incorrect) time. It cannot be an easy balance to strike, but Mr. Jakes has done so and as a result has produced a book that is both entertaining and mostly factual. By using fictional characters, one is liberated from any one particular person and what they said or did not say and can instead set up the possibility of a pair of families that symbolize the struggle of North vs. South in the era leading up to the Civil War. This book is an excellent read and is very well read. For anyone interested in the Civil War, Historical fiction, or just plain good fiction - this book has something for you. I already bought the second one!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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