Gone With the Wind was the first book I read all the way through in high school 50 plus years ago. I couldn't put it down. When this book was chosen for my book club selection next month, I had mixed emotions because it was so long........now that I am finished with it,I wish it could have gone on and on. The reading was fabulous and the hours passes quickly. A friend said she skipped over all the verbiage as she read it again, but I am grateful I had listened to it as it put me right into the scenes.
I viewed the book completely different this time than when I was a teenager. Living and teaching high school in SC makes me understand the culture so much more. A real awakening. Thank you Audible!
The book is so much richer than the film could ever be. It's really a character study into the nature of the people who lived through the civil war and those who didn't. It is written through the eyes of Scarlett, who is a survivor regardless of the cost, and the people who clung to her for their own survival.
Unfortunately, this novel is politically incorrect. If I were black, I would be very angry when reading it. Considering the publication date, it should be noted that during that time, (1936) racism existed throughout the U.S. and this book, unfortunately, reflects those belief. Regardless, it remains one of the very best glimpses into the civil war south.
As far as I'm concerned, this is probably my favorite book of all time. I understand that there are folks out there who think the book is shameful and terrible, and I honestly don't understand why.
If you read it thinking that it's supposed to be a historically accurate portrayal of the south before, during, and after the Civil War, then yes, it looks like the book trivializes slavery, paints all men as idiots and all women as shrews.
If, however, you look at it as a work of fiction, it seems clear to me that it wasn't meant to describe life as it truly was, but to show what it might have looked like through the eyes of a young white girl.
With one exception, the characters are a bunch of selfish, difficult, judgmental jerks, and the protagonist (Scarlett) is the worst of the lot.
They're also a bunch of survivors, doing what they think is right, or what they think they can get away with, in order to see themselves and their families through difficult times.
This is the best credit I've ever spent, and I highly recommend this book to anyone who can separate fact from fiction, and appreciates the latter even when the subject matter is ugly.
I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
My favority all time book. I've read it several times but listening to it is the best. I highly recommend it to anyone. There is a reason it's a classic.
We all know this movie well. As wonderful as the movie is, it can't and doesn't do justice to the book. I found myself skipping back just to listen to the same descriptions and dialog over again. I took my time with this one and loved every minute.
Classic, layered story about a strong woman in a time where a headstrong woman was not admired by society. One man, Rhett Butler, accepts her for herself, but she blindly loves the idea of another man.
Rich characters, forever affected and changed by the civil war.
The Narrator of the story, Linda Stephens, did an excellent job.
Old Fart 1960 (some day....)
The movie version has been on my wife's favorite movie list since high school. I've bought her collector editions of the novel as well. This is the first time I've picked up the book and had a listen. What a pleasant surprise. The narration is superb. Scarlet, Melanie, Ashley, Rett, they all come to life. It's a long book (longer than the movie!) but time flew by. Highly recommended for the period history and thought process of the time. May not be totally accurate because it's still fiction. I'm glad I listened to it.
I have really enjoyed listening to this great book on my Kindle Fire. The narrator is one of the best I have experienced. She dramatically reads each line perfectly and uses different accents to help bring the book to life and actually makes it easier to follow the story than if I had just read the book silently in my head. She has a beautiful singing voice that she uses when songs come up in the book. I particularly enjoyed having these songs come to life and being able to hear them the way they would have been sung. Being from the South I often cringe when I hear actors attempt a southern accent, however Linda Stephens has perfected the voice of Scarlett and makes it easy to get lost in the reading as if you are listening to the real Miss O'Hara. I could not recommend this audio book more. I would say it is a definite must have for fans of this format.
It is not often I write reviews however this audio book I feel warrants one. I listen to on average 1-2 books a week, so I know difference between a good narrator and a bad one. This was TERRIBLE and I think that you should defiantly preview it before you waste your money. I equate the narrator with the teacher from Charlie Brown. I know that this is a wonderful story but, the format that it is presented here does NOT do it justice.
I thoroughly enjoyed this narrator!!!!!!! In the first chapter I was slightly thrown off b/c "my" Scarlett's voice has always been that of Vivien Leigh but Linda Stephens reigned me in in no time flat! Linda Stephens does a WONDERFUL job for EVERY characters' voice. (I especially liked her Rhett voice!) Awesome narrator & worth every penny!