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  • North and South

  • North and South Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: John Jakes
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 30 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,947
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,959

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!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating novel of the Civil War

  • By 9S on 01-12-13

Too many annoying characters

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Reviewed: 04-09-15

What was most disappointing about John Jakes’s story?

There were so many horribly, small, mean-spirited, vicious characters, and so much time spent on them instead of on the characters I wanted to like, that it was painful to read.

Jakes also insults the reader by TELLING us the character's motivation after he's SHOWN us, as if he doesn't trust the reader to have a mind.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator was good. He made the book bearable.

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