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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (442 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jimmy Carter Narrator: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2003 ISBN: 9780743568029
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The first work of fiction by a President of the United States, this is a sweeping novel of the American South and the War of Independence.

In this ambitious novel, Jimmy Carter brings to life the Revolutionary War as it was fought in the Deep South. This is a saga that will change the way we think about the conflict. He reminds us that much of the fight for independence took place in that region and that it was a struggle of terrible brutality, with neighbor turned against neighbor, the Indians’ support sought by both sides, no quarter asked or given. The Hornet’s Nest follows a cast of characters on both sides of this violent conflict—including some who are based on the author’s ancestors.

At the heart of the story is Ethan Pratt, who in 1766 moves with his wife from Philadelphia to North Carolina and then to Georgia in 1767. On their homesteads in Georgia, Ethan and his wife form a friendship with neighbors, Kindred Morris and his wife. Through Kindred and his young Indian friend, Ethan learns about the frontier and the Native American tribes who are being continually pressed further inland by settlers. As the eight-year war develops, Ethan and Kindred find themselves in life-and-death combat with opposing forces.

With a moving love story, vivid action, and a war fought with increasing ferocity and stealth, The Hornet’s Nest is historical fiction in the tradition of such major classics as The Last of the Mohicans.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luke | 2/20/2014

    " Nice history of the Revolutionary War from the southern perspective. The historical facts were great. The character development was a little strange. Still, enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shawn | 2/16/2014

    " Interesting premise but a dry and stilted writing style made it difficult to get through. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marvin | 2/15/2014

    " Because of my respect for Carter and my interest in the history of the revolutionary era, I wanted to like this, but it's really stiff, especially the dialogue. It's as if he set out to write a social history of the American Revolution in the South, then edited it to change it into a fictional account. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Timothy | 2/11/2014

    " A fairly decent historical novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Corinne | 1/31/2014

    " sorry Mr President, I admire your work but not your fiction writing "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 1/29/2014

    " President Carter was the first former president to have a novel published. It's a noteworthy achievement among many noteworthy achievements in his post-presidential career. Unfortunately, the novel is not all that good. President Carter has written many other books that were better than this one. It was well researched but it wasn't a particularly good story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Megan | 1/26/2014

    " I first heard of this book when Carter himself mentioned it when he was being interviewed by Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. It sounded interesting, because I kind of specialize in early American history, and c'mon this is a novel written by an ex President. But to my disappointment, this book sucked. There's way too many main characters that Carter focuses on. And if there has to be a main character, which would be Ethan Pratt, he's absent for good part of the book. The characters all seem to have the exact same personalities as well and are mostly two dimensional. But each character brings a new conflict, a new side to the Revolution. Like Kindred shows the struggles of Indians, Quash shows the struggles of slavery and Brown shows the struggles of being a loyalist. But with a couple of these characters, they seem to be only token characters in order to show us this side of the story. Because once Carter is done showing us this side of the conflict, we never hear of them again. This book focuses on the American Revolution in the southern colonies like North and South Carolina and Georgia. But again, the main character, Pratt, doesn't even get into the war until long after the Congress declares us a Nation. It probably would have been better if the character would have been involved in the war sooner rather than later. This really could have been written better. Like other reviewers says, it really does read like a text book and sounds like non fiction. Apparently, Carter's actual non-fiction books are good so I don't want to give up on President Carter just yet. But this book was not a good first impression. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hunter Daughtrey | 1/9/2014

    " President Carter did get bogged down in the details. I still give him credit for trying a new genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/6/2014

    " Good for its historical imagery and the sweet story but not exceptionally well written - not badly written, but not enough character development that one can form attachments and sympathize with them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Victoria | 1/5/2014

    " This is the first work of fiction by a President of the United States, and after having read it, I've gotta say that I think they should stick w. non-fiction. Every time he hit upon/created an interesting character, he passed them over after two pages - it really dragged. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jcurmudge | 12/23/2013

    " Story of the South during the Civil War. Apparently based on some true facts. Very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reggie | 12/18/2013

    " Starts out a bit dry but it does grow on you. Great read for people interested in this time period from the point of view of the average guy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terry | 12/11/2013

    " This book works better as an engaging history rather than as a novel. The character development and pace do improve in the second half. Interestingly, the reader's sympathies tend to be drawn toward the Britisn. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane Mueller | 12/8/2013

    " Just not well done. I keep getting lost. I think it would been better if he had just made it a history of the Revolutionay War in the South and dropped the fictional historical characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynette | 3/22/2013

    " Very long, but interesting... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 9/21/2012

    " Jimmy Carter just drew me in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Stern | 7/22/2012

    " 3.5 stars ... pretty good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 5/23/2012

    " One of my favorite book on the American Revolutionary War. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 4/24/2012

    " Three fourths of the book was great; packed with history and intrigue. For some reason he felt that sex sells and could have done without that part of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Rasmussen | 3/17/2012

    " A very good rendition of life and philosophy of rural southern colonial America. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tim Burdick | 3/1/2012

    " Unfortunately, President Carter is not an engaging fictional writer. The good news is that most of this book actually focuses on the historical history of revolutionary Georgia. As a history book, the writing is very good, as a novel it disappoints. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Beth | 11/1/2011

    " I tried really hard given my love for Jimmy, but fiction is just not his strongest suit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan McCoig | 10/28/2011

    " This is a 5 star book, 4 for the story and 1 for the fact that Jimmy Carter himself, yes the ex-president actually wrote me a note back in response to a note I sent him. I wrote to tell him how much I enjoyed the book and how I wished he would write one about the Civil War. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 9/8/2011

    " It started out just great but was too wordy by the end of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 7/8/2011

    " Flat emotionally, but rich historically. Those interested in early American history should give this book a chance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Athena | 4/29/2011

    " This book starts out pretty well but then descends into a muddle of too many characters and dry military facts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terry | 4/22/2011

    " This book works better as an engaging history rather than as a novel. The character development and pace do improve in the second half. Interestingly, the reader's sympathies tend to be drawn toward the Britisn. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leah | 3/6/2011

    " I liked the parts were he delved into the lives of the settlers, but there were so many characters it was hard to keep it all straight. Also, some parts were very long winded which made me loose focus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 1/19/2011

    " 3.5 stars ... pretty good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 12/23/2010

    " Jimmy Carter just drew me in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 11/1/2010

    " I liked reading about this time and place, Revolutionary War Georgia. So much of what we hear of this war is centered in the North, Boston and Philadelphia. The writing was just OK. I almost quit reading after the first chapter or two but either the writing improved or I just got used to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 8/13/2010

    " Good for its historical imagery and the sweet story but not exceptionally well written - not badly written, but not enough character development that one can form attachments and sympathize with them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 7/20/2010

    " Flat emotionally, but rich historically. Those interested in early American history should give this book a chance. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Corinne | 2/27/2010

    " sorry Mr President, I admire your work but not your fiction writing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan McCoig | 2/17/2010

    " This is a 5 star book, 4 for the story and 1 for the fact that Jimmy Carter himself, yes the ex-president actually wrote me a note back in response to a note I sent him. I wrote to tell him how much I enjoyed the book and how I wished he would write one about the Civil War. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 11/15/2009

    " I read this because of my deep admiration for Jimmy. To be honest, it took me awhile to get through this book. Had to switch from hardcover to audio to finish it. It was educational.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/31/2009

    " Decent, but the story gets lost in the historical battle descriptions. I also don't like that the main characters are just left in oblivion with no real resolution. Good descriptions, but hard to follow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 7/11/2009

    " Escellent historical fiction, tells a story of the Revolutinary War we never hear. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 7/2/2009

    " This started out as a great readable historical fiction with interesting characters but then changed into a school history book of battles and the characters became difficult to track. "

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About the Author
Author Jimmy CarterJimmy Carter was the thirty-ninth President of the United States, serving from 1977 to 1981. In 1982, he and his wife founded The Carter Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people around the world. Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. He is the author of two-dozen books, including A Full Life; An Hour Before Daylight; Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid and Our Endangered Values. He lives in Plains, Georgia.
About the Narrator

Edward Herrmann (1943–2014) was one of America’s top audiobook narrators. He won multiple Earphones and Audie Awards, and his narration of the King James version of the Bible remains a benchmark in the industry.