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Gone with the Wind | [Margaret Mitchell]

Gone with the Wind

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....
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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Erin Smithfield, United States Minor Outlying Islands 07-02-10
    Erin Smithfield, United States Minor Outlying Islands 07-02-10
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    "Absolutely loved it!"

    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!

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    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 06-09-10
    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 06-09-10 Member Since 2010
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    "A great novel brilliantly narrated"

    I had never read Gone with the Wind. I expected a much slighter, simplistic work. I now think of it as a great classic, on a par with works by Dickens, Hardy, Hemmingway, Flaubert, and co. I loved especially, the careful evocation of time and place, the historical drama, and the intellectually sharp dialogues and interior monologues concerning ethics, etiquette, social expectations, etc. The narration is brilliant: a full range of tones and accents.

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    Michelle Afton, TN, United States 05-04-10
    Michelle Afton, TN, United States 05-04-10
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    "A Classic!!!"

    I have seen GWTW movie several times, but never got up the nerve to actually read the huge novel. I ended up buying this on sale at Audible, and it was by far the best (and longest) novel I have "read" in awhile. The narrator sounds just like the movie Scarlett (Vivian Leigh), and it is well done.

    I recommend it highly, and I am usually more of a fantasy, vampire genre reader.

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    Donna Winter springs, FL, United States 04-25-10
    Donna Winter springs, FL, United States 04-25-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Historical fiction"

    I was amazed I enjoyed this book so much. Historical Fiction is a great way to learn some history. I would have never read a book of this length. I am glad it was on audio.

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    Gerrilyn Irving, TX, USA 04-17-10
    Gerrilyn Irving, TX, USA 04-17-10
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    "I was Gone with the Wind"

    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!!

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    Kenneth Cary, NC, United States 04-10-10
    Kenneth Cary, NC, United States 04-10-10
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    "Wish it could go on forever"

    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.

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    Diane Iron Station, NC, United States 04-09-10
    Diane Iron Station, NC, United States 04-09-10
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    "EXCELLENT ALL AROUND"

    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!

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    Danuta M. 04-09-10
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    "Outstanding"

    This is one of the best books that I've ever read and the narrator is also one of the bests.

    Danuta

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    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 04-03-10
    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 04-03-10 Member Since 2007
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    "It's still great."

    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.

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    Melinda Shoreline, WA, United States 03-29-10
    Melinda Shoreline, WA, United States 03-29-10 Member Since 2009

    I love literary fiction and I occasionally delve into non-fiction. I love books that are suspenseful and am really into well-told stories.

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    "A Timeless Beauty"

    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.

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