I have been listening to taped books for a long time and I have to say this is one of the best ones I have ever had listening to a book. First of all, I love the movie and have read the book before so just expected a ho hum experience. Not at all! This was like hearing the movie again! The narrator was wonderful with all the voices of the characters. It was a little harder keeping up with all the parts but it was worth it. I really hated to reach the end of the book. I would highly recommend anyone who has wanted to read the book but was intimidated by the length of it to listen to it instead.
I could see why this story gain made a whole southern revival in US when it came out. I am a 28 your old guy from Texas who once lived in Georgia. After reading this book it made me want to go back and visit Georgia. Its a story of war, love, business and the strength of a passionate women. There is not many books written these days that can match the perfection of the writing style. The narrator of this book made the voices nice and realistic. It helped capture the magic of the book. I was able to forget easily that one person was narrating the whole book. I wish there were more books of this caliber.
Completely sucked in! Loved every minute!!! The voice was lovely and switching between characters was brilliant! I will keep this one to listen to again and again.
Everyone, I mean EVERYONE, has see the epic film version of "Gone with the Wind". I felt rather corny downloading the book, I mean com'on, I know how it's going to end...But the book has so much more than the movie. So much more insight into the characters. Into the history of that era, the hardships, the reality of war. No matter how bad things get in this country, if nothing else, this serves as a reminder that we don't ever want to go down that road again. I love this book.
It is so obvious to me now why GWTW is an American Classic. The writing and the story capture the reader. Although Scarlett is a self absorbed, stupid woman, you can't help but hope for her to triumph at the end. HIghly recommend!
I totally agree with the high praise of Linda Stephens. Her inflections and subtle characterizations are pitch perfect. The critical review about her voice being too old for Scarlett leaves me astounded. Vivian Leigh herself.
The book, of course, well deserves it's reputation as an American classic.
I bought this on a whim and I am so happy that I did. Growing up, Gone with the Wind was my favorite movie. I read the book when I was in 7th or 8th grade and I remember liking it but not as much as the movie. Now that I am older I can appreciate a lot of the things that are in the book that are not in the movie more than I could when I was younger. LOVED listening to this book and felt very immersed in the story. I thought the reader did a great job and I really just lost myself while listening to this.
I love Audible Books so much...I enjoy sewing and Audible lets me listen to books while sewing and cutting out fabric for my next quilt.
I read the Hardback version at least 3 times. I wanted to listen to it when I saw it had been formatted for audible. It was all I expected. I enjoyed the time I spent listening. I can recommend this to anyone who loved that period and style of writing.
This book was at times hard to listen to from shear frustration. I found my self screaming "Get On With It!" And the reader sounded like Betty White but the history of the period the story revealed was magic. Answered some questions I have had for a long time.
Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!
Audiobook was amazing. The thoughtless Scarlett who loses all just as she understands what she has given up is heartbreaking. Mitchell did a great job of peering into her cold heart and of describing the time in Georgia before the war, the siege of Atlanta, starvation and terror endured by those who remained at home during the Civil War, and the struggle with reconstruction with scallawags who took advantage of the situation.
The characters and story are much more complex than the movie can portray. The depth of Melanie, Ashley and Rhett just show more the vapidness of Scarlett.
Keeping in mind when it was written - the stereotypes of the happy, dependent house slaves, the helpless southern belles, and the "well meaning" Ku Klux Klan gnawed at me. But overall, what an epic.