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3.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 5 3.65 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donald McCaig Narrator: Ira Claffey Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2000 ISBN:
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With the vivid canvas of the Civil War as a backdrop, Donald McCaig conjures a passionate and richly textured story set in the heart of America's greatest and most devastating time. On Gatewood Plantation, both blacks and whites fulfill their unforgettable destinies. Duncan Gatewood, falls in love with Maggie, a mulatto slave, who gives birth to their son, Jacob. Duncan's irate father sells Maggie and Jacob and sends Duncan to the Virginia Military Institute. From the interlocked lives of masters and slaves, and a wealth of historical detail, Jacob's Ladder examines the loves, letters, and struggles of the characters, and leads to the nightmare of the lurid anguish of the battlefields. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 2/1/2014

    " It was tough to get thru this entire book but I trudged through it to completion. For a lover of historical fiction, I found that having the background of this story (the civil war) to be rather boring and hard pill to swallow. I wanted the focus to be more on the characters who were pretty one-dimensional, and less on the gruesome details of the actual war. Afraid to read any of his other books at this point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil Grone | 1/25/2014

    " An extraordinary work exploring the nature of war, slavery, love, compassion, courage, and familial conflict during the Civil War from multiple points of view. Beautifully written, richly detailed. McCaig is well deserving of the awards this work has received. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginbquik | 1/8/2014

    " How many other books actually mention Deerfield? Loved the local setting. Good story, well told. Nice explanation of at least 2 sides of civil war story. But, strange plot device made read choppier than it needed to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 12/20/2013

    " Virginia during the Civil War. Interesting read about a sad time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 12/11/2013

    " Very good book about the civil war. The writer uses a different approach. The novel covers many different characters from the state of Virginia. The way the author moves from one family to another in each chapter made the 520 pages a quicker read. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or a family saga. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlene | 12/3/2013

    " This book follows the lives of a Virginia plantation family from before the Civil War to the surrender at Appomatox, both slaveholders and slaves. Some of the subject matter relating to women slaves was uncomfortable for me to read about, but you should be uncomfortable. I think I particularly liked it because I could picture the geography so vividly because of our visits with Jeff and Rachel while the lived in Richmond. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 11/19/2013

    " A history of Virginia's slaves and masters during the Civil War. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan Lamphere | 11/14/2013

    " Great book about the Civil War from a Confederate perspective. If you liked Cold Mountain at all, you will enjoy this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 9/8/2013

    " I loved this book. It is so well written, one becomes very involved in the story. I still do not completely understand why this terrible war was fought. Surely, it was not just for honor on the part of the South. Whatever, it was a horrible waste of life & remains a stain on our countries past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 8/29/2013

    " An interesting factual book, but not an easily read book.... Something of a disappointment.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy | 6/22/2013

    " A good read for history buffs - - a little hard to keep up with if you aren't really up on Civil War history. Requires some work to keep up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary Sedivy | 3/29/2013

    " Using one of the makework projects of FDR as a means to provide flashbacks was interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 3/24/2012

    " Very detailed, descriptive civil war epic. Took a long time to read, but a good history lesson. Not quite as good as the Killer Angels (one of the best civil war novels ever). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aidan Hardekopf | 2/23/2012

    " Quite literally one of the toughest books I've ever tried to read (only got to page 200), it was a good experience while I read it. The Civil War wasn't exactly the nicest of times, and the characters and imagery helped prove it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 1/1/2012

    " Was a difficult book to read, with each chapter I would get into the story, the next chapter would be about something else, and when it got back to the subject of one of the previous chapters, I would have forgotten about what I had read, if that makes any sense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabriel Horchler | 11/10/2011

    " The writing is somewhat awkward at the beginning, but improves as the book progresses. Too many graphic descriptions of battles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Montanasmith | 10/13/2011

    " This book was really good. It was neat to read about battles and realize that I have been to those battlesites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 7/30/2011

    " One of the best books I've read in the last 3 years! An amazing story and an important one. A MUST read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaitlyn | 10/29/2010

    " a little more history and a little less story that we (book club) were collectively hoping for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 9/25/2010

    " One of the best books I've read in the last 3 years! An amazing story and an important one. A MUST read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaitlyn | 8/4/2010

    " a little more history and a little less story that we (book club) were collectively hoping for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 6/28/2010

    " I couldn’t put this book down! Staunton, Harrisonburg, Goshen Pass, Augusta Female Seminary, VMI – all locations in this work of historical fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 6/27/2010

    " Virginia during the Civil War. Interesting read about a sad time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 2/1/2010

    " An interesting factual book, but not an easily read book.... Something of a disappointment.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 12/5/2009

    " Great book about the Civil War from a Confederate perspective. If you liked Cold Mountain at all, you will enjoy this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy | 11/28/2009

    " A good read for history buffs - - a little hard to keep up with if you aren't really up on Civil War history. Requires some work to keep up. "

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About the Author
Author Donald McCaig

Donald McCaig has written several acclaimed novels about the Civil War, including Jacob’s Ladder, which has been called “the best civil war novel ever written” by the Virginia Quarterly.