I have seen the movie, but loved the book. Was well written and completely captivating. It filled in a lot of gaps that the movie left. I will be listening to this one again.
This heart wrenching story is narrated so masterfully that I was listened to it 3 times and I'm not done. It's an emotional roller coaster and a glimpse into the civil war era and southern life. I highly recommend it.
The longest audiobook I have done thus far ( 49 hours & change) but well worth it. I went through withdrawal when it was over. I have never read the book or seen the movie. Margaret Mitchell enabled me to understand the deep origin of racism. In many ways I found the stereotypes, irrational fear, & general misconceptions about blacks who were enslaved or free to be not much different than the present. Sad but true - the more things change the more they stay the same.
I understand that this book was one of the biggest hits of the early 20th century, and now I know why. It was epic, touching, and broad in its scope. Even without having seen the movie, the characters we're ones you will probably never forget. It struck me as interesting, too, that none of the characters we're ones that you would wholly want to emulate. Everyone has their flaws.
I felt that for a narrator, this was as difficult a book as I have ever seen. However, I felt that Linda Stephens did a very good job. She is also one of the very few narrators who can sing when needed, and have it come as a welcome surprise.
As I am familiar with southern accents, I thought it interesting that she tried to differentiate some of the characters by their accents. She wasn't wildly successful, but still did a fairly good job. It seems to always be difficult for women to do men's voices without them all seeming the same. She differentiated them as well as any other woman I have heard.
Overall, I felt it was an excellent book and reading.