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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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Understanding History

This book has been enjoyable, entertaining & enlightening. I saw the mini series long ago, but now I want to see it again. Just purchased the DVD. After listening to this audible rendition, I'm sure the story will be much more interesting & enjoyable. I highly recommend North and South.

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Very boring!!!

I was wanting to read a non fiction book about the civil war and thought this was going to be a good one. Very long and very boring and a made up story. Boo

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  • Jo
  • 02-22-16

Great!!

What a work!!!! I was taken in from the start!! Never was it boring! Recommend to all!

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Absolutely loved it!

This book makes you feel like you personally experienced this tumultuous time in our nation's history. I find it fascinating to get put in the minds of so many people and find out what they think about events as they happen and why they think that way. You get to experience different perspectives while also being entertained.

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Excellent historical fiction

Where does North and South rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very good, a favorite

What was one of the most memorable moments of North and South?

Orry and George against Bent.

Which scene was your favorite?

Orry and George taking down Bent, several times.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

A must-have for fans of historical fiction.

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Better than tv version

Ready to begin part two! The characters, history, performance, and drama are incredibly pulled together!

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History brought to life

I listen to historical fiction to enhance my understanding of the past, and this book provided context. A credible interpretation of the American people and culture.

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Excellent Listen

I loved the characters and the reader. I will now listen to books 2 and 3 in the trilogy. This story gave me a much greater understanding of the differences of the people in the North and South and the reasons for it.
The characters were so well drawn and displayed the wide range of personal and political feelings on both sides. The two families will stay with me for a long time. Beautifully written. I highly recommend this book.

This is my first comment on an Audio Book.

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  • Margret
  • KEWAUNEE, WI, United States
  • 07-26-15

Great historical story of the Civil War!

This is a must read for Civil War and American history enthusiasts. John Jakes is an entertaining Author that brings the human element into the Civil War and the events leading up to it.

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Loved it!!!!

Great listen!! Entertaining and kept your interest!

Narration was good and storyline was good not too many twists and turns that you lost interest or got confused.