I'm pretty much a novice at this but out of the 8 books I've listened to so far, GWTW would rank at # 7--not because it isn't a great book, but because 6 of the 7 books before it were amazing!
I've seen GWTW several times and tried to read the book. I couldn't get very far with the book, let alone finish it; I'm not sure why. I love the movie so I thought I'd try the audio version. I'm very glad I did because it brought the characters to life and fleshed out the story.
My favorite character had to be Melanie Hamilton Wilks. Her character was in direct contrast to Scarlet O'Hara's character. I could identify, to my discomfort while listening, with Scarlet. My teens and twenties consisted of much of the same kind of self-centered, self-righteous, all about me attitudes. It was hard to listen to some of this book as it often mirrored myself. Now that I'm much older and wiser, Melanie was the person I wish I could have identified with. She had a loyal, selfless, trusting, and loving nature, always seeking the best in people and situations.
I have not listened to Linda Stephens before. I feel she did an acceptable job, but not a great job with GWTW. It was hard listening to her doing the male voices. As the book progressed, and I became more engrossed with the story, I think she either improved or it didn't bother me as much.
Renaming GWTW would be like renaming George Washington. Can't and shouldn't be done!
I think Margaret Mitchell was a brave woman to write such a controversial book. I listened to GWTW keeping in mind it came from a southerner's perspective during the early 20th century. The movie deleted most of the controversial language and attitudes so the book was kind of shocking to me. I am not a history buff, but I have to believe Ms. Mitchell white-washed the era, in particular, the almost always kind treatment of slaves and the claim that the northerners made up stories about slaves' poor treatment. I also chuckled at the almost sweeping claim that Union soldiers and the North were vicious, uncaring monsters. I've read enough about Abraham Lincoln to know he was a kind, beneficent man who did not want the Civil War, but who cared deeply for both the northerners and southerners. War is ugly and I can't believe the Confederate soldiers were all honorable men while the Union soldiers were all marauding animals. I agree that the Confederacy fought to retain its culture and that the Union should have left the South with its dignity, but in the end the US probably would not have stood, divided, and the end justified the means in this case. If I were born and raised in the South, I probably would not agree with my last statement!
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This is a long book, and with no extra words. Margaret Mitchell had a whopper of a story to tell, and she did it beautifully. The narration was perfect.
I'll admit that I'm a BOT junkie. I'd rather listen to a book than to watch TV or go out, so consequently, I go through alot of titles. This book is a big standout. It had me captivated with the action, the drama and the character interaction. I wish I had a Tara to run back to every time life wasn't sweet to me! Alas, I'll soothe myself with books on tape, and I know I'll be listening to this one again (and again!).
As a side note, I recently watched one episode of a series on PBS about American masterpieces. GWTW was the first topic and I spent an hour learning very interesting things about this book, it's development, and the saga of it's impact on American culture. That experience really helped me to appreciate the book even more than if I had listened to it cold.
I would recommend this book to anyone.
She differentiates between the characters very well.
Scarlet O'hara, every other sentence is about her.
Never would have imagined that I would have enjoyed this as much as I did. I learned more about Georgia history than I ever did in school. I enjoyed the historical accounts of the book as much as I did the story, frequently laughing while in traffic.
Yes, I'd recommend this book because it is wonderfully written and narrated.
Rhett leaving Scarlett to continue her escape from Atlanta while it was burning.
Suspense, nostalgia, historical, tender, exciting, all rolled into one.
My only disappointment was Rhett's "voice" shich I know is hard for a woman to do.
I read the book about 20 years ago and only remembered it in pieces, so it was a rediscovery to listen to this well-done audiobook.
The narrator has a true talent for changing her voice for the different characters without being cartoonish. She was convincing as a several characters without taking the listener out of the story.
The story is engaging, as we follow Scarlett O'Hara's progression from a silly girl, to selfish young woman, then determined survivor and on to matron with regrets for the road not taken.
Don't be alarmed by the 49-hour length - this sweeping saga requires all that time, but the story doesn't drag. At only one credit, this audiobook is an amazing value. Get it. Enjoy :)
Historical, brilliant and beautiful.
You just can't, this is world apart from other written works to start. At least in my experience.
The narrator is perfection and brings this book to life. Everyone know GWTW is a masterpiece but with the perfect narrator, you have historic gold that creates a brilliant movie in your mind as you listen. I have seen GWTW several times and love it dearly but the author and narrator give the gift of imagination and education to you.
no, nothing truly replaces reading a book. But hearing really puts visions in your head of the action.
When Rhett left Scarlett during the burning of Atlanta. I can just see her stomping her foot!
Rhett. I think she did a wonderful job with the accent and attitude.
Hard to pick one. There are so many!
It doesn't matter how many times I've read GWTW I just don't get tired or bored with it.
The audio version is amazing. The reader does such a fab job of it and her accent and different voices are unsurpassed. Since we have always identified Scarlett with Vivian Leigh and Rhett Butler with Clark Gable, the reader does not disappoint us since she nails those voices and accents. Absolutely an amazing reader.
I seem to read the book and then watch the movie. The dialog in the movie follows the book almost verbatim so many times but the book is pretty different from the movie. And the book is pretty darn racy for something written so many years ago! Margaret Mitchell was way ahead of her time writing so openly about issues that still face us today, i.e., sex. She manages to write about sex without being graphic or offensive.
Something that has always bothered me is not about GWTW but about the 'sequel' Scarlett. It is based on the movie and not but book. Although it's good I really would have liked to find out what happened to Scarletts children since they don't exist in the GWTW movie or in the book or movie called Scarlett.
This book is it! Just can't get better than this!
I have seen this movie many times and enjoyed the story. But the book has so much more to offer - about the Civil War, about Atlanta, and of course, about Scarlett and her relationships. I can now see why this story is a classic. Great narration adds to the story.
Scarlet's mother. She had good values and had attempted to teach them to her daughter.
I was often angry at Scarlet for her selfishness and self-centeredness. Especially when her son meant nothing to her.