I'm a non-fiction sort of guy, but not 100%.
I cannot imagine a better reading of this magnificent story. I'm one of the few folks my age (56) who's never seen the film. I was totally amazed at the breath of Margret Mitchell's grasp of both pre- and post-Civil War history and the psychology and interpersonal dynamics of the characters in the telling of this epic. There were quite a few times I found myself crying out loud, "Oh, no... Scarlet what are you doing? or What have you done?"
Linda Stephens does an excellent reading, even briefly singing quite well. Stephens' timing and use of accents is truly amazing. Don't plan to listen to this all in one sitting... unless you've got a week to spare and someone to bring you food and water and have a big box of tissue close at hand!
I had seen the movie several times and liked it but the book was so much better, more detailed, and brought out more in the characters. It is a long read but worth listening to, I'd highly recommend this book to anyone.
Thirty-five years ago I saw the movie and loved it, and looked forward to reliving it with the audio-book. This saga is about 50 hours of listening, and I listened the whole way through, which is a plus. There were certainly parts that engaged me, but too many parts dragged a bit in this tale of the Civil and and aftermath, told from the point of view of southern gentry. The novel follows the loves and hardships of Scarlet O'Hara, a headstrong Irish belle. A vain and selfish girl, Scarlet is forced to grow up and take charge through the hardships of war. My criticisms - first, I got tired of Scarlet. While heroic at times, she too often was a shallow brat, and it wore thin with me. Secondly, the novel is not well written. Not only are we constantly told what Scarlet is thinking, but it is interpreted for us as if we cannot do so ourselves. Fifty hours of this got a bit weary. The best part was the dialogue, which was great, especially when Rhett Butler was involved. Many parts of the story were engaging. You should also know that slavery and the Ku Klux Klan is looked at with nostalgia. So this classic story of love and survival had many pluses, but failed to win me over.
Performing this classic story has to take courage — who wouldn't attempt to copy the inimitable Clark Gable as Rhett Butler? I was concerned that this would be the case, but Linda Stephens delivers him as a southern gentleman that is all her own, and who I feel has to have been Margaret Mitchell's before Gable created the screen version's (deservedly) standard. Further, she delivers every character in the book as just that — each one inhabits his or her own place as a character. She does this book justice for the under–appreciated gem that it is — it's such a good story that its literary merit often remains under the radar . Mitchell's sense of place, atmosphere, people and her straight-up sense of humor all come through beautifully.
This is one of my favorite listens ever — and I had already read the book, in addition to having seen the movie several times. Thank you, Ms. Stephens!
Rhett Butler, of course. Scarlette is a conniving brat, but I liked her too.
She is a master at giving personality to the characters in the story.
No, I have seen the movie, so I knew what to expect. Still, there is much of the story that was missed in the production.
I love the narrator's accent and the beautiful and changeable tone.
Besides, I always love the book and unlike most of others such as my classmates and friends I always have a soft spot for the character Ashley. However, it is not reason why the story will remain be my favourite. It is so because how it says about a woman and several other women, about how they feels, their emotions and thoughts, and how it makes me love all the characters while hating them on some places. Anyway, Great work. And I can not think of any other books to compare with this book.
So I am very glad it could be so beautifully narrated by Linda.
Listen on dog walks, commutes and around the house. Welcome virtually any genre but southern fiction holds a special place in my heart.
Once I got over the shock of the racist language and settled down into the time period in which this book is set (1860s), I was absolutely carried away by Margaret Mitchell's story. Multiple times throughout the book I thought to myself: "There is no wonder this book won the Pulitzer Prize. It deserved it!" The character development was absolutely fantastic. This is so very evident when you read the reviews. How else could readers form such strong opinions? I was also thrilled with the history lessons on the Civil War and Reconstruction in the South that were woven throughout the story. As a resident of the South, I immensely enjoy southern fiction and this novel shoots to the top of my list of favorites.
This audiobook is as good as any that I have heard, I really enjoyed listening to it instead of reading it.
I forgot how
Her beautiful singing of the old-time songs, especially
Without a doubt, Rhett Butler. I loved the way she read him.
I seen the movie several years. Got the audible version to see if the book was actually better. As in most cases, it was. Overall the book I thought was fairly good. Had some very funny parts and also some sad parts. The book, I thought, ended sad, and kind of left you up in the air. That part I don't like. The narrator was absolutely wonderful.