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3.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 5 3.36 (11 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Jakes Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781442343078
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Charleston follows the lives, loves, and shifting fortunes of the Bells—saints and evil-doers mingled in one unforgettable family—from the American Revolution through the turbulent antebellum years to the Civil War and the savage defeat of the Confederacy. Delving into our country’s history as only he can, Jakes paints a powerful portrait of the Charleston aristocracy who zealously guarded their privilege and position, harboring dark family secrets that threatened to destroy them all. Sweeping from the bitterly divided Carolina frontier of the 1770s through the tragic destruction of the city during the Civil War, Charleston represents America’s premier storyteller at his very best. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A great read...a family intrigue that stretches across sweeping historical events.”

    Charleston Post and Courier

  • “A memorable and realistic multigenerational epic.”

    Barnes & Noble editorial review

  • “Packed with fascinating characters, accurate period detail, and absorbing accounts of historic events, his latest novel will be another commercial triumph. [A] massive, sweeping yarn...Jakes is in tip-top shape here, and fans will enjoy the large cast of compelling characters.” 


  • “The authors pleasure in this many-voiced hymn to his home state of twenty-five years comes through strongly: popular historical fiction at its most readable.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 4/2/2011

    " A sweeping view of the times before the Revolutionary War, through the Civil War and after from the Charleston, SC point of view. A quick read eve though more than 500 pages. It's a great way to get a bit of education through family stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dick | 1/24/2011

    " Follows fictional families from the Revolution through the Civil War in Charleston SC. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathi | 1/10/2011

    " Too much history not enough story. :-( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ayelet | 12/28/2010

    " The premise is good but I think he has run out of creative ideas. Being pushed into a river and eaten by an alligator? Seriously? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorie | 12/26/2010

    " Jakes gives a window into historic life, and I loved reading about Charleston's history, knowing where things actually happened in a city I am getting to know. His characters were like something out of a soap opera, but still likable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 10/16/2010

    " A lot of history and good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 June | 6/15/2010

    " The story gets bogged down with all of the history present. However, if you're a history buff, you'll probably love this read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chuck | 4/10/2010

    " Long tale about three generations of the Bell family in Charleston from
    just before the Revolutionary War throught The War Between The
    States. Another good Jakes historical novel.

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 12/3/2009

    " I am a big fan of John Jakes. This book is worth reading. He really develops his characters so you care for them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 7/18/2009

    " Book on CD from a road trip "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shelly | 5/22/2009

    " I just couldn't get into it. "

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About the Author
Author John JakesJohn Jakes (b. 1932), the author of more than a dozen novels, is regarded as one of today’s most distinguished writers of historical fiction. His work includes the highly acclaimed Kent Family Chronicles series and the North and South Trilogy. Jakes’s commitment to historical accuracy and evocative storytelling earned him the title of “the godfather of historical novelists” from the Los Angeles Times and led to a streak of sixteen consecutive New York Times bestsellers. Jakes has received several awards for his work and is a member of the Authors Guild and the PEN American Center. He and his wife, Rachel, live on the west coast of Florida.
About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty-eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.