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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David is my husband - I'm the one that actually picks out and listens to the books. ~ Anna
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.
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
Very very good
I guess that it's intact for a historical fiction. I would modernize it a little
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.
I liked his voice; reminded me of you grandfather telling the story.
I would enjoy taking Cooper out because he seems very perceptive.
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.
Too many to choose from
The road to the American revolution
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!
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.
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