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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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Thoroughly Enjoyable!

This book & the reading of it is extremely well done! I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. Looking forward to the next one.

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Good writing and engaging story

This is my first experience with John Jakes. At first I found the story difficult to relate to. As I became more familiar with the characters I grew to appreciate and strongly enjoy the book. Furthermore, it is noteworthy that the writing style of the author is not the kind of bland narrative of some contemporary creative writers, who are sometimes compelled to let the power of the story compensate for the quality of the words chosen. Instead, Jakes appears to have meticulously selected his words to craft a deliberate and flowing narrative. Though I found the story engaging and well written, I gave it 4 stars, for I am ranking this book on the basis of literature as a whole, and books such as 20,000 leagues under the sea are stiff competition. Don't let 4 stars dissuade you from considering this book, I rather meant the ranking as a complement against the greatest books of all time.

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Excellent story!

I had never read North and South but had seen the TV mini series when I was a kid. It was much better then I remembered from the series. Well worth the credit!

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Awesome read!

This book is an amazing read. It not only is entertaining but the historical accuracy of the book just lends to its interest and deeper meaning. I can't wait to read books 3!

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North and South Triolgy all 3 books

What made the experience of listening to North and South the most enjoyable?

Excellent story line and the narrator is very good. It is fiction based on facts and was very enjoyable.

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  • Rebecca
  • SANTA FE, NM, United States
  • 02-21-15

Fascinating Read

My mother's ancestors had a plantation in Lexington, KY and owned slaves. My father's ancestors arrived on the Mayflower and became farmers in Massachusetts. I grew in in TN. This book gave me such insight into the dilemma faced by the people of the Country during the pre-Civil War era, and perhaps faced by my own family. I found it gripping. I can't wait to move on to the next two in the series.

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Great!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend....no I HAVE recommended it! I learned so much about the beginnings of the Civil war.

What did you like best about this story?

I really love the historical background that the book provided.

Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

It is difficult to choose just one character, but if I had to it would be George Hazard.

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

I think Ashton Main was the most memorable because she is so devious and so shallow that she becomes an almost comical character that you hate.

Any additional comments?

Loved it! I will be getting the other two books

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Loved it

narration excellent. story excellent. I recommend it for all those who enjoy historical novels.

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Captured

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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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.