My best listening experience!
I couldn't wait to get in my car to listen to the next segment. The unsettling times of war and the challenge both races - white and black had to deal with in a changing world.
The struggle and hardships that people went through. How people just did what they had to do in spite of circumstances or what was the "norm" or what was expected.
How devastating for the women of that time period
Linda Stephens voiced each character as I imagined them
I could close my eyes and imagine being there.
Detailed characters with lots of flaws and conflicted inner thoughts & it makes you love them even more!
What I liked best are Mitchell's superb characterizations. This is one of the best examples I've read to prove my theory that characters are the most important element in any written or filmed work. Brilliant.
However, I am extremely disappointed with the narration of this version of the audiobook. So much so that I may try to find out if I can "trade in" this one for another narrated by someone else. I don't know if I can get through the whole book listening to Linda Stephens. I will never buy another audiobook without listening to a sample first.
No, I don't know her, have never heard of her before spending a credit on this audiobook, so I'm not being mean for any other reason than I just can't stand the way she reads.
Her reading style reminds me of the choppy way William Shatner used to do his Captain Kirk lines. The pauses where there's a comma in a sentence are WAYYYYY too long! The pauses between chapters are shorter! I keep thinking she's going to another scene and she hasn't even finished the sentence yet! Plus, ugh, I keep hearing the wet sound of her tongue moving around in her mouth.
I really don't understand why everyone thinks Stephens is such a wonderful narrator. I will never buy another audiobook narrated by her.
To be fair, she does do the accents very well.
I had seen the movie dozens of times but never read the book. Why read the book when I already knew the story? Why? Because.....THE BOOK IS SO MUCH BETTER!!
The story is great. And the narration as well.
If you've only watched the film and not read the book, the book version will give you
much more info. Like about Scarlet's father and mother.
Being a 48 hour-long book, this is not an easy one to finish. But it's worth the time (and patience).
i fell in love with gone with the wind ever since i watched the movie with my mom.Vivien Leigh's incredible beauty and perfect acting impressed me. So when i listened to this audio i felt Scarlett is living in that voice. I just could help to listen to it over and over and again.
the only thing annoyed me is the book has such a bad formatting that it's impossible to find the exact chapter break by the table of contents.
No; I just don't do that.
None come to mind
If you are the sort of person who is opposed to reading Huckleberry Finn because of the use of the "N-word," move along; there's nothing to see here. For the rest of you: I do not read very much fiction; The Stand, Stand on Zanzibar; War and Peace; Moby Dick; certainly no modern fiction. But this book completely took me in. At about 42 hours, it's sure not a single-sitting book, but I rearranged my work so that I could listen as much as I could. The rich picture of US Southern culture, of its binding rules and duties is amazing. The characters -- there is a slight flaw there, given how much the plot must rely on dialogue (recall I don't read much fiction). But there is more psychology here than in Moby Dick. Interestingly, watching old movies growing up (I am in my 50's), I formed the same sort of opinion about slaves in the South that is presented here; that they were a kind of Greek chorus, who knew everything, but could do nothing. But in toto, an excellent piece, read with completely convincing characterizations.
Beyond history, this book reveals personal experiences of the war. Stunning.
Very good job creating distinct voices for each character.
I bought GWTW on sale, and since I enjoyed it 35 years ago, I thought it might be fun to listen to at least some of it since it was on sale for $4.95. I never thought I'd listen to all 50 hours of it, but I did. The narrator is excellent. She is a fine actress and all her characters had a unique personality and a believable accent. She even got the Rhett Butler character down perfect.
The book is far more historical fiction than the movie, and far more interesting. It is so much more than a love story between Scarlett and Rhett - it a visit to a totally different time with totally different mores and standards of behavior which seem silly to us now.
She glossed over a lot of the slave problem as all of the black characters were quite sympathetic and seemed to be loved as part of the family. Many of the black slaves were smarter than the white folks and actually had a lot of power in the families. I'm not sure how true that was in other homes, but I hope so.
I plan to do more studying of this interesting era to see how much Margaret Mitchell got right, but right or not it was a fun read.