The narrator does an amazing job capturing Mitchell's tone and context. Sometimes with audio some of the meaning is lost however, this one was better heard than read. Stephens' timing and context bring out all Mitchell's subtext. She had me laughing out loud at times!! Don't miss this one!!
Absolutely! Anyone who enjoys a complex and lengthy story will love this book. The characters are full and believable and the story is wonderful. A true classic
Obviously Scarlett, a woman with strenght, determination and the occasional weakness.
The BBQ at the beginning before the war. You can just picture the elegance and gaiety of life before the war.
To me Mammy stands out as truly unique character.
I definatly loved the voice talent of Linda Stephens, these characters really shined through her!
The historical accuracy of it. It debunks the myths that Southern slaves were always beaten and abused, as our history books would teach us.
I'd have to say that Mammy is my favorite.
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This is by far the best book I've ever heard/read. Mitchell goes into great detail with her characters, and Stephens vocal performances of them are astonishing. Mitchell's knowledge of the Southern way of life, the areas of Northwest Georgia, and the movement of the armies is not discovered through research as we would have to, but from the very men that took part in those battles in Nortwest Georgia. Through this book we see a glimpse of the horror that the South suffered during the occupation by Northern troops, and the even more horrifying events of the Reconstruction. This is one of the greatest books ever written, and if you pass this one by you will really be missing out.
On a personal note:
Do not let nay sayers discourage you from getting this book. I've read a few reviews that claim the book is racist. It is in fact, not racist. Yes, there are some words in the book that today should never be said, and there are some stereotypes But one must remember the book was written in 1936, and was written about a time period where such words did not have the same meaning as they do today. As well as before these stereotypes became stereotypes. But the way I understand racism is the act of hating someone based on the color of their skin, or their ethnic background. There is no hatred of that kind anywhere in this book. And the treatment of the Slaves in the novel is both historicaly accurate and suprisingly contradictory to what we've all been taught in our 1 week of Civil War study in high school. But I will caution you that when listening to, and hearing these words, remember the words of Mark Twain
-To come to a just estimate of a mans character, we must judge him by the standards of his time, not ours.
The book was so much better than the movie. I got to know each of the characters intimately, their good parts and their bad parts. Even Melanie had bad parts, she wasn't a total saint. That was refreshing.
I'd seen the movie years ago and a friend recommended I listen to the book. I was hesitant but I'm so glad I did. The book is so much better than the movie and the narration is wonderful. I would highly recommend it.
Gone With the Wind has always been my favorite movie. Love everything about the movie, but now I am also so happy to have read the book, so much more information.
It goes without saying that Gone With the Wind is one of the most beloved books of all time. But even the best books can be butchered when narrated by an uninteresting narrator. Linda Stephens, however does an incredible job..... she gives life to each of the characters and keeps you listening for more. I very much recommend this book - you'll feel like you're right there in the middle of the saga!
As a Civil War buff, I was looking forward to Gone With The Wind. I had heard it compared to 'War and Peace'. The best parts of 'War and Peace' were the descriptive battle scenes. Unfortunately, 'Gone With The Wind' doesn't have any battle scenes. It's not a war novel, it's a romance novel. It's the Civil War told from the woman's perspective...sort of like the Civil War equivalent of 'Army Wives'...scenes of the home front. The most descriptive scenes involved the anguish and pain of childbirth. Even though I've seen the movie many times, I was not expecting the sensation of seeing the Civil War through a woman's eyes as I did when reading the book. Ended up not caring too much for Scarlett O'Hara. She seems meaner in the book. I can see why Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer...very well written.
The story itself is spell-binding. The lady who narrated the book added so much to the story. She is easy to listen to, and carries one right into the mood of the characters. She brought them to life.
I read this book back in 1960, and listening to it now gave me the same thrill I had back then. Gone With the Wind is my absolute favorite all-time book. Can't go wrong with this download.