I first read a dog-eared but preserved copy of an original paperback from the 1930's, when I was just 15 years old. I loved it then, but love it more now many decades later. The details of the Old South pre and post Civil War and Reconstruction Days are so specific they are almost painful to hear. The dialogue is one of the best features of the many excellent qualities of this novel. It is real, it is raw and by today's standards, politically incorrect. Still, Margaret Mitchell's writing brings this era to life in every way. After reading A Band of Rivals about Abraham Lincoln and a Northern perspective of the Civil War years, I especially appreciated the contrast of a Southern perspective on what I was told is often referred to as the "War of Northern Aggression" south of the Mason Dixon Line. As with any great book, the characters come to life and behave realistically throughout the story. My greatest disappointment again as it was at age 15, is that Margaret Mitchell did not live to complete a sequel to this novel. Some accounts of her life state that she never intended to write a sequel. Still, l wish she had as Gone With the Wind is such a moving, dramatic tale of a unique era in the history of the United States with characters that were portrayed so deftly, that by the end of the book I felt as if I knew them personally. The only negative comment I can make is about the narrator. While she did a good enough job, I believe her Southern accents, and the differentiation among the various characters could have been better executed by a more skillful reader. I have listened to many Audible books, and know there are narrators who can present multiple characters that are easily distinguishable to the listener. It is a great novel and I highly recommend it to anyone with even a slight interest in the Old South who enjoys romance.
I thoroughly enjoyed my miserable commute for several weeks thanks to this reading of Gone With the Wind. Living in Atlanta makes it even better as they describe the battles fought in places I pass daily. Very well read, animated narrator who does an admirable job with accents and providing different voices for each character. Highly recommended for long car trips, plane rides, or gym time. Time flies!
Yes. Entertaining from start to finish. Very easy to listen to.
Just a great all time classic!
I like that the narrator had a nice singing voice and actually sang the songs instead of just reading the words. But her voice didn't change much between characters. Rhett sounded like a woman most of the time. Very distracting.
I had never read the book, but had seen the movie many years ago. The story was very different than what I remembered, and I enjoyed it immensely. Ms. Mitchell paints such vivid pictures of the times and the experiences of the characters, and her historical information is accurate with many details of the civilian experience during the civil war that I hadn't ever considered.
I was expecting the book to be essentially a love story, but it was more of a study in the evolution of a spoiled, selfish young woman, who had to face tremendous hardships and carry heavy burdens, and what that does to her. The romance was just another was to illustrate who she was, and who she became, and how she got there.
Awkward, but it grew on me. It was very clear to me early on in the book that, from my point of view, this was not the appropriate narrator, and I almost stopped listening. I found, though, that after a while, the story was so vivid and fascinating that even the less than stellar narration couldn't lessen my enjoyment.
It's been around for so long, that I think this book may be overlooked, but it is well worth the time to listen to it.
didn't much like her.....
read the book ( 1092 pages ) in three days, back in the oldentimes......