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.
NYC editor 25 years.
Why have I waited s0 long to read this American classic. This is not a love story, it is the South as we'll never know it -- how it was before the Civil War -- and how the yankee destroyed a rich American culture. Sure, Mitchell puts a pretty face on slavery -- but I believe that the African American became a part of the family. And yes, Thomas Jefferson had a child by one of his slaves, but who knows what really happened. Could there have been love there. Can't assume this rich southern culture was all evil. It had it's good points, on which Mitchell only has scratched the surface. A wonderful read. A gripping story with the characters symbolic of the old south. Richly drawn. The performance is superior. No wonder this book won the Pulitzer Prize. Positively a brilliant, mind-blowing experience to listen to the reading -- even if you have seen the movie five times.
I was sad when it ended, all 9283743987 hours later! I truly enjoyed every minute of it. What a different experience from having read the book (years ago) -- the audio let me appreciate some of the purely descriptive passages that I think I may have skimmed in print. The reader was great, the story, of course, is very interesting (there's a reason it's second in all-time sales only to the Bible) and it was a joy to experience on audiobook. Lots of thumbs up.