Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire: darkly handsome Rhett Butler and flirtatious Scarlett O'Hara. Behind them stand their gentler counterparts: Ashley Wilkes and Melanie Hamilton. As the lives and affairs of these absorbing characters play out against the tumult of the Civil War, Gone With the Wind reaches dramatic heights that have swept generations of fans off their feet.
Having lived in Atlanta for many years, narrator Linda Stephens has an authentic ear for the dialects of that region. Get ready to hear Gone With the Wind exactly as it was written: every word beautifully captured in a spectacular unabridged audio production.
©1964 Stephens Mitchell; (P)2001 Recorded Books, LLC
"Beyond a doubt one of the most remarkable first novels produced by an American writer. It is also one of the best." (The New York Times)
"The best novel to have ever come out of the South...it is unsurpassed in the whole of American writing." (The Washington Post)
As one of the few people in the world who did not already know the ending of this book, I found it extremely depressing. I felt forelorn for weeks after finishing it every time I thought about it. With that being said, the story was remarkable. I gained alot of insight into the Civil War and what life might really have been like for the people of Georgia at that time. The depth of character was wonderful and it truly is a book worthy of the recognition it has received.
It's a classic
Nothing compares to this book
This woman's voice is very irritating. The worst is when she sings. I don't know who told her she can sing, but they were wrong.
There has already been a movie made of this book, with a tag line that says it all. The greatest love story of all time.
I would love to listen to this book again, if someone else were to read it.
I have 4 kids under 10. I love to read but can't work up enough time and silence for it... So I listen.
No I never saw the movie... So I didn't know this story didn't have a happy ending. It was a good story, well read by this narrator... but for all that time and emotion you put into it I just wish it would have ended sappy and happy. Thats Just my opinion, some folks like that sort of thing. I don't mind a "tragedy" thats ties up loose ends and makes you feel ok, but this was like ripping off a band-aid, with no hope for more.
I'd never read the book before, but always heard great things about the movie. Gave it a shot and got caught up in it. Stunned by how caught up I got in Scarlets story (I'm a guy).
The flight from Atlanta. Some great storytelling as the city burned.
I've listened to over a hundred audio books and this one truly stands out (along with Unbroken) as one of the best of all time. I thought that the length of the book was going to be overwhelming and tedious but I found myself looking forward to driving to work or doing chores because I could listen to the trials and tribulations of selfish and self-serving Scarlett.
Member since 2001, and they said it wouldn't last!
How have I lived this long and never experienced this book?
I can't choose only one.
Scarlet of course!
Melanie. Simple love and it's power.
Simply the best story and narration in all my years with Audible!
Ok, so the story is not exactly politically correct... in fact, parts of it might be offensive to some... but it is a great story when considered in context of the time in which it was written and I could, though the help of the narrator, see what was going on.
Her inflections, vocal range, changes in timber made each character come alive to me, and I enjoyed it all... every bit of it.
I would recommend this for anyone.
Yes, Lots of detail and there's just not enough time in a movie to get the whole story.
Scarlett, of course.
The ending, with her dialog with Rhett.
I'm a non-fiction sort of guy, but not 100%.
I cannot imagine a better reading of this magnificent story. I'm one of the few folks my age (56) who's never seen the film. I was totally amazed at the breath of Margret Mitchell's grasp of both pre- and post-Civil War history and the psychology and interpersonal dynamics of the characters in the telling of this epic. There were quite a few times I found myself crying out loud, "Oh, no... Scarlet what are you doing? or What have you done?"
Linda Stephens does an excellent reading, even briefly singing quite well. Stephens' timing and use of accents is truly amazing. Don't plan to listen to this all in one sitting... unless you've got a week to spare and someone to bring you food and water and have a big box of tissue close at hand!
I had seen the movie several times and liked it but the book was so much better, more detailed, and brought out more in the characters. It is a long read but worth listening to, I'd highly recommend this book to anyone.
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