Listening to this book was more enjoyable than any book I've read or listened to in years. The narrator's ability to give each character a voice was wonderful. So good, in fact, that the listener may forget they are listening to only one person and not a performance by several.
I must confess that it was my sister who recommended this book and I was pretty reluctant to listen. I remember seeing GWTW many years ago and thought it was a good movie but not my favorite. Whether or not you are a fan of the movie, the book is so multi-layered that it is so worth the listen. It took me a good hour or so to get into it because I was so uncomfortable with the language and the descriptions of slavery. I promised myself that I would listen for a bit longer and then got swept up in the story. This is a classic love story--not necessarily the one you think--there are so many love stories that weave together. I highly recommend it!
I've only seen parts of the movie, so now that I've "finished reading" the book, I've got to see the movie to compare. My daughter and I listened to it during our cross-country move which took five days. Let me tell you, the trip was so much fun because we listened to the story. We actually got to drive through Atlanta during our audio adventure!
GWTW is my all time favorite story, whether it be book or movie. Now, I have to say, it is my all time favorite audiobook as well. Linda Stephens has a lovely voice, and I could listen to her all day long. I have read this book at least 50 times, and still caught things I have missed before.
A good story never grows old and Gone with the Wind is even better in audio format. The storytellers cadence works well with these characters and I soon discovered that the movie did not come close to doing justice to Margaret Mitchell's characters. It was always meant to be a story spoken aloud.
I read the book back in the sixties, then again about 15 years ago and of course, saw the movie many times. I had forgotten how truly remarkable Margaret Mitchell's beloved classic is. Her character development, her ability to capture the essence of southern womanhood, Scarlett's incredible ego, the saga absolutely captures the reader (listener) and carries them to another place and time. It is not surprising that the people of Atlanta so revered Ms. Mitchell. This is the book of the Civil War and hauntingly beautiful love to which all others aspire.
The book FAR outweighs the movie, which in itself was terrific. I have listened to this book SEVERAL times. Linda Stephens does a fantastic job of narrating all the characters. Book includes characters like Mrs. Tarleton and others who really were fascinating and added so much depth to the story. Also scenes from Gerald's funeral, the other two children of Scarlett's, and a much deeper look at Ashley's role make the book a MUST read for all who enjoyed the movie. Get it with the credit, get it, get it, get it! You won't be disappointed!
Sometimes I feel like I'm being picky if I give an audiobook that I really enjoyed a rating of 4 stars, but "Gone with the Wind" is the kind of audiobook I reserve the five-star rating for because it's so very good. I was completely immersed in Linda Stephens' narration. I'm a big fan of the movie, and the audiobook added depth to the story I knew from the movie. Melanie and Rhett as portrayed by Linda Stephens are even better than in the movie (Scarlett and Ashley are very similar to the movie, but of course we learn more about Scarlett). I loved this audiobook.
This book is my favorite book of all time. I consider it the perfect American novel. With that said, this performance/reading of GWTW is flawless. Linda Stephens doesn't try to recreate the characters...but puts you in mind of faces you grew to know from the film version. Her pacing, infection and care are all brilliant. The novel contains MUCH more information and characters from the Civil War that was depicted in film version. I read this book ever summer as I do War and Peace every winter. Thank you audible for finally making this great novel available. This book should be listened to by all. Complete and utter immersion.
Because it's so long, I found myself listening as I fell asleep at night, while cleaning, while driving, or any chance I could get so I could see what would happen next.
I didn't love the ending, but I still adored the book :)
I actually caught myself gripping the steering wheel in the middle of an argument between Scarlett and her beau. It's that good.
I highly recommend it!