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.
I had never read the book, but had seen the movie many years ago. The story was very different than what I remembered, and I enjoyed it immensely. Ms. Mitchell paints such vivid pictures of the times and the experiences of the characters, and her historical information is accurate with many details of the civilian experience during the civil war that I hadn't ever considered.
I was expecting the book to be essentially a love story, but it was more of a study in the evolution of a spoiled, selfish young woman, who had to face tremendous hardships and carry heavy burdens, and what that does to her. The romance was just another was to illustrate who she was, and who she became, and how she got there.
Awkward, but it grew on me. It was very clear to me early on in the book that, from my point of view, this was not the appropriate narrator, and I almost stopped listening. I found, though, that after a while, the story was so vivid and fascinating that even the less than stellar narration couldn't lessen my enjoyment.
It's been around for so long, that I think this book may be overlooked, but it is well worth the time to listen to it.
didn't much like her.....
read the book ( 1092 pages ) in three days, back in the oldentimes......
I've listened to this book in its entirety at least 8 times, and I'll remind you that it is a 48 hour book. I got hooked on it when I found it on audio cassette from the library nearly ten years ago and have listened to it every winter since or when life gets too rough and I can only take one day, one hour at a time. This book, and this reading got me through the darkest times of my life. Each time you hear it you get something new from it. This book has done me more good than the bible ever did.
General disclaimer: this IS a historical fiction depicting the ol' South with all its glamor and unpleasant foibles. Racial and Racist themes and slurs are used frequently and listener discretion is advised (do not play on a speaker with mixed company, you will get incredulous stares).
The detail was delicious. The narrator was double jointed with her nimble flexibility jumping back and forth between dissimilar characters so I was able to stay happily in the story.
I learned about myself and those around me from observing the worldliness and parochialism; the morphing traits, opinions and values as situations constantly changed during the war.
Let this book wash over you before you see the movie again. The movie amalgamates, omits and presents euphemisms for what I found to be shocking revelations in the book but I think you'll enjoy the movie even more for all your new found back story.
Even before finishing this book I started watching a documentary series on the civil war because the book whetted my appetite to understand the war and time period better.
A long book and every moment worth it.
I am 75 and a Christian.I enjoy Amish books and good fiction about History and of the South. The audio books are most enjoyable in the eveni
Yes ,,,if I could. Hear it.
I love All of my audible books, often they keep me company.
Just another working stiff who loves getting lost in a good book.
I had read Gone With The Wind many years ago as a romantic teenager. Oh how I wish there was an audio version then with Linda Stephens as the narrator. She has made me fall head over heels in love with this classic once again.
If this is your first time reading GWTW, it will fast become one of your favorites. And if you are an old friend of GWTW, you will not be disappointed!