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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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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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    cindie 08-15-13
    cindie 08-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Feel for the times"
    Would you listen to North and South again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not that I remember


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

    Already been done


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    Sandra 06-12-13
    Sandra 06-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful!!!"
    Would you listen to North and South again? Why?

    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.


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    Barbara Fort Worth, TX, United States 05-27-13
    Barbara Fort Worth, TX, United States 05-27-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Can't help loving this book!"
    If you could sum up North and South in three words, what would they be?

    Eloquent, thoughtful, challenging


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

    Gone with the Wind. Looking glass view of civil war time and history


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

    His reading helps me forget I am listening but "see" his vocal photos of the book.


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

    Ory keep me looking at his constant change and growth as the wold around him changed


    Any additional comments?

    Love John Jakes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia GLADEWATER, TX, United States 04-28-13
    Virginia GLADEWATER, TX, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2015

    Addicted to Dickens, Charles Dickens. I've listened to all his novels at least twice. Our Mutual Friend and Little Dorrit are my favorite.

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    "WONDERFUL BLEND OF HISTORY AND FICTION"
    Would you listen to North and South again? Why?

    Again and again


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

    Lonesome Dove Series...it also blended history and fiction into a wonderful entertaining way.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first time George and Orry meet and instantly become lifetime friends.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Clifton Houston, TX, USA 03-25-13
    Clifton Houston, TX, USA 03-25-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Not what I remembered"

    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.

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    Martha J. Smith Stonington, IL USA 03-11-13
    Martha J. Smith Stonington, IL USA 03-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Love this one!!"

    I'm not finished yet, but loving this recorded version. So glad I've already gotten the 2nd in the series!

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    Bev Jackson, OH, United States 03-11-13
    Bev Jackson, OH, United States 03-11-13
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    "Gone with the Wind, lite"

    I liked this because I love Civil War novels. The cloe relationships betweent the Northern & Southern families added a new dimension.

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    H. Anthony Melbourne Australia 03-06-13
    H. Anthony Melbourne Australia 03-06-13 Listener Since 2008

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    "Don't be put off by the length, this is fantastic."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 03-04-13
    Michael 03-04-13

    Avid reader and listener, I enjoy history, popular science, suspense and legal thrillers with a dash of epic fantasy thrown in for flavor.

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    "A Classic Revisited....."

    John Jakes' classic novel of the civil war through the stories of the Hazards and Mains. Great story, well performed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dwight Webster Sebring, Florida, United States 03-01-13
    Dwight Webster Sebring, Florida, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2007
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    "The Insight Is The Best Part"
    What did you love best about North and South?

    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.


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

    The Winds of War and War and Remembrance gave similar insight for World War II.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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