I will definitely listen to it again. I've read the book several times, and could probably quote whole passages of it from memory. But listening was a new experience. The narration was absolutely PERFECT. Linda Stephens gives each character a distinct voice, so that after a while, one forgets that it is the same person reading all the parts. Scarlett's voice can never be mistaken for Melanie's...even when they are having a one on one conversation. When Ms. Stephens reads Rhett's dialog, it seemed that Rhett himself was speaking the words.
When Scarlett returns to Tara, finding her mother dead and her father in shock, this 19 year old formerly spoiled child becomes a responsible woman determined to keep her home and family intact.
I would love to, but the length of the book makes it impossible.
By today's standards, this book is certainly not politically correct. But you must remember that Gone With the Wind was written in 1936, and by a lady from Georgia. Today we shrink at her racist vocabulary and her description of the happy slaves who loved their masters. However I'm guessing that this is the impression Margaret Mitchell had of slavery from hearing stories of the era from older family members and friends who may have lived through that period of time. It is a wonderful recounting of conditions in Georgia from 1861 through 1873, albeit told from an extremely biased point of view. Nevertheless, it's a fabulous novel...not a history...and should be enjoyed as such.
I have always loved reading. I have MS now. Reading is not as easy for me. I love audio books. I really love long books with great narrators
Yes I would recommend this book if you want more information on the characters. The book goes into more detail of why the characters act they way they do. I enjoy long audio books with a good narrator and this one worked for me.
The last conversation between Rhett and Scarlett.
I like the different voices made it easy to follow such a huge book.
Gone with the Wind of course.
For anyone that has never wanted to invest the time in reading this book like me, I would recommend giving this audible version a try.
High. Having seen the movie but never having read the book, I was surprised by the depth of the characters and of the Reconstruction period in the South. Linda Stephens performed excellently, giving each character his/her own special accent or drawl. Her narration was so engaging, that I found myself on the edge of my seat to hear what would happen next. Even though the performance was long (49 hours), the time seemed to fly by.
I really loved the scene at the jailhouse, when Scarlet is desperate for money. She has made a lovely new dress out of the velvet curtains at Tara, and then made the trip to Atlanta in order to secure a marriage proposal from Rhett. He is taken in at first, and one realizes that perhaps he really does love her, but he soon sees through her plotting and begins to expose her motives.
I could practically feel and smell the dirt, the smoke, the fear, the anxiety, of wartime. The excitement of young infatuation.
The death of Melly Wilkes
Melly, no question. Even after finishing the book, I have found myself thinking about her depth.
I have read this book before. Twice. But listening to it gave it a depth that surprised me. It is definitely worth your time. This book is a Pulitzer prize winning novel for a reason. It is beautiful, powerful, naked, humorous, and poetic.
Absolutely I would listen again. Two reasons -- (1) the story is so very well written and told. And (2) Linda Stephens is exceptional as narrator, making the words come alive!
I don't think anything is quite on the same level, but one that comes close, in my opinion, would be the storytelling of Daphne DuMaurier's Rebecca. It's like that saying about how reading GOOD books totally ruins us for the not so great ones. It's true!
In an epic story like this, it's hard to pick a favorite. There are two that I can mention instantly, though. Scarlett looking down on the street from a bedroom window and seeing Rhett helping her father up the sidewalk to the house and then their exchange of words inside the house. The other is the night Melanie's baby was born. Scarlett was so strong and not whining about why no man was there to rescue her. She handled it alone, and very admirably.
Well, THE film has already been made on this one, although I must say the movie pales in camparison and really doesn't show the WHOLE picture. But a tag line I might use would go something like this... "One woman, her home, her world. You've never known anyone like Scarlett O'Hara."
For anyone who has hesitated on reading this, do it! Listen and get swept into the world of Scarlett O'Hara and the South after the Civil War. It is time WELL spent. Trust me.
Can't hear you....I'm reading!!
What more can you say about this book, that has not already been said?
I did want to punch Scarlett in the throat a few times!! Also the beginning of the book was treacherous. I am surprised I finished it (I think it's my OCD - if I start it I have to, have to, have to finish it).
I read it...let's move on
Say something about yourself!
What can I say about Gone with the Wind? I found myself sitting in my car for an extra 10 minutes just to listen to a little bit more. Scarlett is my hero!!
yes. I love this story. I loved the movie first, I loved the book even more.
It is incomparible to anything I've read, but if you like Civil War era or historical fiction, you'll love this story. If you love the movie, you'll LOVE this book.
The end, when she FINALLY realizes how much she loves Rhett
Haha, this movie is a film!
Great CivilWar Story
Rhett - because he knew Scarlett so well and men normally do not "know" women.
Epic Book - I just happened in to the Gone With The Wind Museum in Branson, MO - it was great. Do you know the story behind Margaret Mitchell? It is interesting. She wrote this entire book because she had broken her ankle and was home bound. She got tired of reading and her husband said, "Why don't you write your own book!" She DID. Her first attempt at writing!!!
Scarlett. Here is the reason I have listened so many times: I am trying to figure out, for the life of me, HOW Scarlett is a sympathetic character! She's conceded, arrogant, self-centered, a HORRIBLE mother, incapable of being a friend, treats people as disposable objects to be used as a means to an end, et cetera! Yet, I root for her the entire time! Why?? I love her and think she is great and amazing, and I don't know why.
This book is a work of art. It enhances the movie and vice versa. The description of each and every character in the book is SPOT ON in the movie. I don't know how they did it! They omitted the most appropriate aspects of the book for the movie, for instance Scarlett's first child. Every book-based movie has to take a lot out, but I thought they did a wonderful job of telling the story with all the important details in tact, such as the depth of the characters.
Vivien Leigh is a literal embodiment of Scarlett (aside from the first lines in the book which describe Scarlett as not particularly pretty despite her attractiveness).