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)
This is the best book I have ever read. The narrator was excellent....this book is only for the true readers who are willing to invest the time and become a citizen of Georgia and experience the hard times. Excellent!!
As a Northerner living in the South, and having never read GWTW, I felt an obligation to do so but had no idea what it was about. I was shocked when I almost immediately connected with Scarlett. She is a spunky and very straightforward speaking young woman which I can totally understand. True, her methods are a little less than honorable at times but she does what she has to do to make it through. I will probably listen to GWTW over and over again which is something I hardly ever do. This is one of those books that you can't put down but are so sad when it's over.
What a wonderful story. yes, it's long but so worth it. i thought it would seem too long to me but it was wonderful - i couldn't wait to hear more. story is so good and characters are great - narrator is first rate - worth listening to!
This has to be one of the greatest American books of all time. If you've only seen the movie, read the book. The characters are quite different.
I love literary fiction and I occasionally delve into non-fiction. I love books that are suspenseful and am really into well-told stories.
GWTW is simply the best historical romance novel ever written. No need to go into the plot here, I think everyone knows it. At first I wasn't too happy with the narrator and I do feel that a cast of voices might have served this book a bit better, but after I got used to her voice and realized that I wanted to hear Viviene Leigh and Clark Gable narrate, I got over it. I hadn't read it in over 10 years, so listening to it was a treat. It's actually a darker story than I first remember. Well worth the 39 or 40 hours. Highly recommended.
Linda Stephens is flawless as she narrates Margaret Mitchell's masterpiece. Gone With The Wind is both a compelling love story and heart wrenching historical fiction. No matter how many times you've read this novel before, you will be stunned by the new perspectives this narration offers. And if you've never read GWTW--prepare to be blown away!
I love this book and have read the print book many times. Unfortunately the narrator's pacing is positively AWFUL. The lingering between sentences, particularly during the dialogue is absolutely irritating. I had listened to the small sample, but it took a longer listening (meaning I had to purchase it) to find that the reader is terrible.
I love this book, but this reader is very offputting. If your mp3 player has a speed option, I would suggest you use it. It helps this reader's plodding pacing, but it's still annoying in parts.
Although she gets the accents mostly right (not easy to do, I admit), many, many, many times Ms. Stephens misreads the text (usually in conversations). Sometimes, mere confusion is caused by these misreads; sometimes the entire meaning of the comment is lost. This will really irritate anyone who knows how Southerners truly speak.
. Since I had not seen the movie in years, I was looking forward to this book with nothing more than with a vague nostalgia. Was I brought up short very quickly! Since this is suppose to be a defining southern novel, I was prepared to be caught up in the kinder, gentler side of our plantation heritage. But Margaret Mitchell pulled no punches in drawing aside the gauzy curtain to see what was behind the illusions.
Scarlet first of all, was not a Southern woman. She was a Irish Roman Catholic daughter of an immigrant. I wanted to cheer Scarlett on as she defied the oppressive role that was the typical southern woman's lot. Hey! for the woman team! But Mitchell wrote her strong woman character as mean, hateful, and selfish. Hard to keep liking her for very long.
And of course, the racism comes on strong. I almost stopped listening to it to avoid having to endure such vehement hatred of blacks. According to this book, the KKK was a just and reasonable response of the injustices that white were receiving on the hands of the freed slaves. Those poor, downtrodden whites! Unfortunately, this was told without any irony, with a knowing wink that lets the reader know we all know those myopic fools were not the downtrodden as they were bemoaning to be. The author's opinions were coming in loud and clear. It was one thing for Scarlet to be hateful, she was an equal opportunity hatefest, but for lovable bad boy Rhett to feel he was justified in killing a black when he was "uppity" to a white woman was just too much.
While there was a wistfulness for the plantation life that was "Gone With The Wind", there was much suffering of people in the underbelly of that culture. This story was told with no apology or even awareness of the ugliness and unfairness of that culture, made me say good riddance. We are better off without it. But, having lived in the south all my life, we can still see the remnants.
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