First, let me say that besides this book, I generally don't like American Civil War novels. I also didn't give the 5 star ratings under duress. I can handle an unhappy ending. Margaret Mitchell's characters are very genuine, even in their dishonesty. GWTW is a great, standalone novel and should have been left alone by Alexandra Ripley and Donald McCraig.
That said, Rhett Butler is truly the most fascinating atheist character ever written. Scarlett is a product of her father-spoiled and reckless. However, her loyalty and strength are touching. I'm not too ashamed to admit that I don't like Suellen on Scarlett's behalf. It's really a shame that Scarlett's conscience, Will Benteen was left out of the movie, though Mammy did well enough in shouldering the extra character.
Wow. It's too easy to get off track. If you haven't read or listened to this book, don't wait until you're about to die.
I love the story, It annoys me sometimes, just because of Scarlets selfishness, but it wouldn't be the classic we all love without her. If you liked the movie you will love the audio book. If you haven't seen the movie, what are you doing sitting here?!?! Go watch, it's the best!
I love Scarlet, sometimes I wish I could be like her, but then I would need a friend like Melanie who wouldn't notice when I was being a jerk:)
HAHA This book was about 60 hours long, so I guess you could make it a goal or something to listen all in one sitting. I went on a very long road trip ( my favorite time to listen to audio books).
Probably not - none of the characters are remotely likeable - especially Scarlett - and I didn't particularly care for the story either. Even at 2x fast forward the book dragged and dragged.
Mammy, but she does an excellent job differentating among the characters
I think 47 hours is more than enough.
Lots of people like this book, but I just don't see the appeal.
It is hard to find someone who has not seen the movie, but you don't know Gone with the Wind, until you read the book. There were points where I could see the actors from the movie, and it worked line by line. But more often, I got the story behind the story, more on the thought processes of the characters, and as many have said, so much more on the history of the Civil War, particularly from the southern perspective. What I love is that none of the characters are painted with broad brush strokes as being good or bad; they are all so multi-faceted. Scarlett is a woman way ahead of her time, and could write her own book nowadays on business! This is my favorite of ALL the books I have listened to, and I know I will be listening again. A classic for very good reason. If you have not 'read' this, you are really missing something.
Melanie Wilkes. What a woman! Gentle, kind, loyal to a fault, smart, tough as nails on the inside enveloped in cashmere.
Ms. Stephens could use a dialect coach for Georgia and Charleston accents. Her characterization of Rhett Butler was a little irratating. His character is well bred with an edge. He was read as too hard and lacking in gentility.
You can't improve on the existing movie. This books is a story of real steel magnolias
If you love the movie, the book is a must read, and then a must listen. Read the book first to form your own visualizations of the characters. There are more characters in the book than in the movie. Minor characters in the movie are much more highly developed in the book.
Top of the list
Excellent job bringing each character to life.
The film has already been done and the book is better than the film.
I like the book better than the movie, in the book Scarlet had 3 children and 4 pregnancies. In the movie she only had one child and 2 pregnancies. I loved the book.
Of course, I've read this many times in the past, but this was my first time in audio. Recorded Books has done a fantastic job on this book; narrator Linda Stephens does a wonderful job conveying the voices of the characters. A must-buy to GWTW fans!
I have always loved the movie but the book is far better. When you realize Margret Mitchells grandparents and their generation lived through the war and reconstruction you really get engulfed in the story. It is an excellent account of the old South, how the war affected everyone, and how difficult the reconstruction period was. There is no defense of the Old South, just a great story of what it was like, the culture, the beliefs, etc. The attack on Atlanta must have been harrowing to live through and Mitchell's relatives did and have clearly passed on their experiences to her. The story of course is excellent but you can better understand the story though the characters and the experience which cannot be separated. Ashley Wilkes is clearly the Old South and totally unable to adapt to any other life style. He is failed and weak as was the old culture...it was doomed to fail eventually. An enjoyable but tragic love story and an excellent education.
This was amongst the best I've listened to to date. The reading was wonderful, i couldn't stop listening.
I am in love with Rhett Butler, he's only part bad after all and actually quite the hero.
She managed to read the story at exactly the right pace and was able to breath live inot all the characters she ahd to read without being over the top.
There were any moving parts of this story, maybe the end is the most moving of all?
Don't be daunted by the length of this book, the time simply flew by as listened.
Linda Stephens is the best narrator I've heard. Her performance was amazing and she made all the characters come to life.