Have never been a huge fan of historical books. This is such a GREAT book. Very understandable why it has stood the test of time. Loved every minute of it. Worth every bit of time!
An outstanding story. Rich, deep, and engrossing. Well worth the investment of time to listen.
As for the performance, the southern accents are passable, adequate. Being a native southerner, I am picky about accents and I was slightly annoyed by the narrator's counterfeit drawl at the beginning. However, I ultimately realized that narrating this particular book was a Herculean task and Ms. Stephens did deserve a lot of respect for her performance. Southern accents aside, she does an excellent performance and narration. Very full of life and emotion.
Yes, it's a compelling story.
Anna Karinena. Both have a female heroine who is doomed to destroy her life and that of others.
She's very good with voices - male and female.
Rhett Butler - a most interesting man.
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.