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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (649 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Jakes Narrator: John Jakes, Dylan Baker Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2004 ISBN: 9780743561679
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The author of sixteen consecutive New York Times bestsellers sets his sights on the jewel of the South—Savannah—and brings it to life in his inimitable style.

Georgia, 1864. Sherman’s army marches from Atlanta to the sea. In its path, the charming old city of Savannah, where the Lester ladies—attractive widowed Sara and her feisty twelve-year-old daughter Hattie—struggle to save the family rice plantation. When Sherman offers the conquered city to President Lincoln as a “Christmas gift,” Hattie and the feared general find themselves on a collision course that will astonish both of them.

In this rousing new tale, the “godfather of the historical novel” (Los Angeles Times) tells a story of battlefield danger, wartime romance, and indomitable courage. The rich cast of characters includes a corrupt judge; a fast-talking, piano-playing reporter from New York; a pair of thwarted young lovers; a raffish Indiana cavalryman; a valiant former slave; and a whole bagful of rascals, rebels, and real soldiers who marched with Sherman.

Together they bring to life an almost-forgotten moment in the Civil War: a season of simmering hostilities, rising hopes, and empty stockings—perhaps the most strife-torn yet heartwarming Christmas in all of American history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A charming, light, old-fashioned, Dickensian morality play with golden-curled heroines and villains so evil they do everything but twirl their mustaches…Jakes is a master of the genre and is clearly having fun with this little gem…[He] entertains and informs as he weaves historical tidbits into the story.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “A compelling picture of the life of the Southerners as the war was grinding to its end: their attitudes, privations, and spirit…Jakes [breathes] life into an important bit of history.”

    Indianapolis Star

  • “Readers of John Jakes know that he is America’s most successful and prolific historical novelist and that he is no stranger to the sound and fury of America’s Civil War…Savannah is a delightful Christmas story…Don’t let the spare style fool you; Jakes’ novel is supported by wide-ranging historical research and personal observation. Savannah would also make a fine Christmas film.”

    Charleston Post and Courier

  • “[Jakes] effectively captures the tensions, hatred, and even a curious nobility as a dying civilization tries to stand against an irresistible force…He re-creates the spirit of the times, in the process of telling a whopping good story. His characters, both fictional and historical, are well drawn, and his protagonist, a plucky twelve-year-old girl, Hattie Lester, is a memorable creation. The result is a fine work of popular historical fiction, and even Civil War ‘purists’ should find it absorbing fun.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianne G Sagan | 2/20/2014

    " This is an amazing Christmas story that takes a break from a brutal war and devastation. The characters are memorable and you get a look at the humanity on both sides of the U.S. Civil War in the middle of suffering and brutality. I love the tenacity of the main characters, Sara and her daughter, Hattie. I recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 2/19/2014

    " Read this book just prior to a vacation to Savannah. I love reading historical novels and having the setting in Savannah was a plus. Part of the story takes place on Tybee Island where we stayed, it was fun to walk around the city and place the story. The story itself is about a young girl with the gumption to stand up to General Sherman. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aldafan | 2/11/2014

    " A fictionalized version of Sherman's arrival in Savannah. Focuses on one Southern family greatly affected. Didn't seem up to Johnn Jakes' usual good historical fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valley Cottage Library | 1/18/2014

    " SUMMER READING CLUB: "General Sherman marched to the Atlantic Ocean through Savannah during the Civil War. His army caused great destruction to the south by burning and looting. the autor creates a fictional offset about a little girl, Hattie, that detaches you from all the misery." -Ruth Ellen Carlsen "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 1/14/2014

    " It was ok. I like many of his other books better. Quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 1/13/2014

    " This was a great book to read after The Kent Family Chronicles #5 - The Titans. (It was an accident, but a good one) In the Titans, I believe Lincoln had just been elected and the war had just gotten off to a good start. This book isn't part of the Kent Family Chronicles, but it is about Sherman's ravaging the country, burning Atlanta Georgia, and marching on to take over Savannah. This all happened right at Christmas time, so someone suggested that Sherman offer Savannah to President Lincoln as a Christmas present. The writing is excellent and gives a good feel for the horrors of the war. It was a great addition to the Kent Family Chronicles between books 5 and 6. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MavaMarie Vandervennet | 1/12/2014

    " We 'listened to this on our way to the Outer Banks, NC from Michigan. It was okay....but not something I would recommend. That said; My partner in crime loved it....but this is my review so I'm sticking with just okay. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 1/8/2014

    " I have enjoyed most of the John Jakes books that I've read. However, this one seemed mujch more fiction than historicall. A good light read for a busy time of year (Christmas season). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 1/8/2014

    " Pretty lame - used to really like this author. I did learn some things about the Civil war, but not enough to justify it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 10/13/2013

    " Told primarily from the POV of a young woman resident of Savannah as Sherman's army approaches. This is more of a relationship novel, rather than an action story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rick | 7/12/2013

    " I read it because I love the city of Savannah. But the book is too shallow for my tastes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Collette Violette | 6/20/2013

    " Good historical fiction. I wish I could follow the characters further but I understand the significance of focusing on that interlude in Savannah's history. I love the city of Savannah. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Rash | 6/6/2013

    " This book was quite interesting and yet fairly wordy. It gives a very good perspective of personal life in the south during the Civil War, one of which is rarely seen in typical American History class. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anthony | 5/23/2013

    " I enjoyed the book but then I find "Professor Jakes" to be a great historian and great story teller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Phipps | 1/19/2013

    " Loved this book. Gave me a better insight to my most famous relative, William T. Sherman. This showed what gumption it took to put an end to the Civil War. Read this sometime in 2011. After reading North and South trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 12/31/2012

    " Good story, and goes along well with Charleston - a similar novel about a similar city. Not the best Jakes book I read, and I was disappointed considering how intriguing and beautiful Savannah really is. Still a good book and very entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerry Della | 12/11/2012

    " Sherman's Christmas, 1864 gift to Lincoln of the city of Savannah after "disappearing" after burning of Atlanta. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorna | 9/5/2012

    " I didn't finish it. Didn't capture my interest in the first chapter "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Graceann | 7/29/2012

    " I had hoped for a bit more from John Jakes, whose Kent Family Chronicles enthralled me many years ago. This seemed to be a "by the numbers" sort of book, and was a disappointment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 6/5/2012

    " Enjoyed the book, but a light read for John Jake authors "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 2/17/2012

    " Listened to audio while driving. Good story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Thomas | 1/23/2012

    " Really unusual for John Jakes to write a Christmas story. Very well done and with a history lesson as a bonus. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christy | 1/10/2012

    " Read like a Nicholas Sparks novel with historical events intermixed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 12/10/2011

    " Not my favorite John Jakes book, but good, and a quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cristina | 11/29/2011

    " Not one of his best, but an easy read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 5/24/2011

    " Civil War story through eyes of young girl. Interesting, new look at Gen. William T. Sherman. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dawn | 1/20/2011

    " Tape, "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 10/5/2010

    " Pretty lame - used to really like this author. I did learn some things about the Civil war, but not enough to justify it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 9/21/2010

    " Told primarily from the POV of a young woman resident of Savannah as Sherman's army approaches. This is more of a relationship novel, rather than an action story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 7/1/2010

    " enjoyed this historical fiction story but not as much as the earlier John Jakes books. Maybe it's because I was much younger, and more of a romantic, when I read "North and South" and the rest of the series! :-)
    Anyway, still a good story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rick | 5/31/2010

    " I read it because I love the city of Savannah. But the book is too shallow for my tastes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 12/1/2009

    " I have enjoyed most of the John Jakes books that I've read. However, this one seemed mujch more fiction than historicall. A good light read for a busy time of year (Christmas season). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deb | 10/19/2009

    " Own
    This book must have been intended for teens to read. The characters seemed to be introduced as an after thought. The book included graphics which detracted from the experience. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MavaMarie | 10/18/2009

    " We 'listened to this on our way to the Outer Banks, NC from Michigan. It was okay....but not something I would recommend. That said; My partner in crime loved it....but this is my review so I'm sticking with just okay. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christy | 10/8/2009

    " Read like a Nicholas Sparks novel with historical events intermixed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 9/30/2009

    " I love Jakes' epics. I've read them all and loved them. As Sherman's army marches from Atlanta to the sea in 1864, the city of Savannah lies directly in its path, threatening the livelihood of widow Sara Lester and her twelve-year-old daughter Hattie, who struggle to save the family plantation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cristina | 9/9/2009

    " Not one of his best, but an easy read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aldafan | 8/13/2009

    " A fictionalized version of Sherman's arrival in Savannah. Focuses on one Southern family greatly affected. Didn't seem up to Johnn Jakes' usual good historical fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 7/28/2009

    " Civil War story through eyes of young girl. Interesting, new look at Gen. William T. Sherman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 7/22/2009

    " Liked it, but not as epic as his previous books. "

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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

Dylan Baker is an American stage, screen, and television actor. He attended Georgetown Prep and William and Mary College before earning his BFA at Southern Methodist University, where his passion for acting was ignited with numerous stage roles. Later refining his talents at Yale’s School of Drama, Baker turned professional with big screen roles in movies like Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Delirious, and Love Potion No. 9. His audiobook narration has won him eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards.