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- Listening Length: 30 hours and 10 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: December 14, 2012
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AJOD572
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North and South: North and South Trilogy, Book 1 Audible – Unabridged
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This is a great story. Author John Jakes does a tremendous job of transporting the reader into the period immediately before the Civil War. The country was torn by political strife that could not be resolved by the ordinary institutions of civil government, and Jakes does a masterful job of explaining this within the format of a novel, and showing how this atmosphere affected ordinary people, and their friendships and relationships. The Hazards and the Mains are unforgettable. Jakes shows how decent people (as well as people not so decent) interacted with the institution of slavery on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line.
One of the best parts of the novel deals with the period during the 1840s when the two main protagonists are classmates together at West Point. This is a well-researched tale that is very insightful as regards life and strife at the military academy during a pivotal period of American history. It helps the reader understand the important role that West Point played in the nation's history during the Mexican War and, of course, the Civil War. And perhaps today.Read more ›
North and South is all about conflict. Jakes does not rely soley on the onrush of the Civil War and the sectional conflict over slavery to provide the juice, but sets up innumerable flashpoints in both and between both families. Both men come from large families with troubles of their own, and a number of family members are major characters in this big fat novel. Both loving romance and sexual obsession have their roles to play, as well as matters of honor and questions of loyalty to friends, lovers, principles, and country.
Memorably, both men are afflicted with evil sisters, one a fanatical abolitionist who ends up joining John Brown's violent attempt to overthrow the government, the other a scheming sex-crazed witch obsessed with power. But the main villain is Elkanah Bent, a repulsive fellow officer who swears eternal enmity to Orry and George back in their West Point days, and continues to plague them through the Mexican War and right up to the outbreak of the Civil War, where this volume ends.Read more ›
John Jakes balances factual events and people, fictional families, friendships, poignant characterizations, love, lust, extremist fanaticism, and politics all under the shadow of slavery and racism which ripple even to this day. This book's primary intent? Entertainment. Although factually bloodier and darker than Bernard Cornwell's Arthurian Warlord trilogy, a glibly melodramatic fictional plotting characterizes Jakes' NORTH AND SOUTH, and this book definitely seemed lighter (than Cornwell's Warlord trilogy). Although consisting of some tense episodic plotting, all of our fictitious protagonists survive in this opening installment, albeit with some wear and tear. I actually wanted Charles Main to die.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just finished the first volume of the trilogy and am started on the second. I enjoy Jakes' writing style and choice of vocabulary which fits the historical period even if... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Rudy
Good writing but just a little too long and too much detail for me. However, author seemed very knowledgeable. Will read more by this author but down the road!Published 16 days ago by Scotti Ruhlman
This book has great charcterations. The story follows the historical situation in the North and the South prior to and leading up to the Civl War. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
My favorite story about the civil war. I love anything John Jakes writes. Very historical.Published 2 months ago by Sherri
Great historical tale. I look forward to reading more of the trilogy.Published 3 months ago by Marilyn L. Bates
Very well written and historically accurate. Already on to book two. Also- I highly recommend the Kent Family series.Published 3 months ago by Jill D.