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 one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to.
This is definitely a book I am glad I have on audio! It is so well narrated, and way better than watching the movie! The narrator does a fabulous job! I loved it!
Absolutely. Gone with the Wind is a must read for everyone. While the push-me/pull-me and often explosive romance and sexual tension between Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler is what attracts many to this book, what kept me is the alignment with our own history in America. Margaret Mitchell did an amazing job capturing the history, physical, emotional, and moral environment consistent with the culture of the South during the period surrounding the Civil War.
While I love Scarlett's before her time feminism, I still believe the strongest character in the book is Mellanie Hamilton. She consistently upheld her moral and ethical values, even when it came time to protect her family, her decision between sin and protection upheld her dedication to family.
Linda Stephens gave an exemplary performance on every character -- her accents were spot on and believable creating a sense of multiple characters from a single narrator.
For the Love of Tara
Yes. A great performance.
She captured the spirit of Scarlett perfectly.
GWTW is one of my favorite movies of all time. I'd forgotten how much more there was to the book. This is a must listen for GWTW fans.
historical, feminism, struggle
Rhett Butler - A cynic to the core with a charming southern air.
So many different southern accents! She really nails it.
Home to Tara
Linda Stephens does an excellent job with her narrating. The book itself is good, but it was a little difficult to stick with toward the end. Gone With the Wind is the first novel in which the villain is the heroine... And Scarlett is a villain. So is Rhett. And leading up to the climax of the story, I found it difficult to keep reading because they are so terrible to each other. But overall it is easy to find the symbolism and metaphors in this book, and I enjoyed it, and I'm glad I read it.
Truthfully, they are equally outstanding. Linda Stephens is amazing as the narrator. Having read the book as well, she perfectly fit exactly what I would have imagined. I felt like I was living the story and she really nailed her portrayal of Scarlett.
The scene where Rhett asks Scarlett to be his mistress. Really any scene that includes the wonderful banter with Scarlett and Rhett, especially in the beginning of their relationship.
The death scene of Melanie and Scarlett's revelation of love for her as well as her realization that she is not in love with Ashley and even compares in to a child.
I do struggle with this book. It may have been ahead of it's time but it is still hard to get through at points. For example, the heroes are actually a part of the Ku Klux Klan.
romantic, action, drama
Melanie Wilks - I think because Melanie always looks at the good in people and is not willing to let people bring down a situation. Melanie was willing to help with the graves for the Union soldiers as well as those of confederates. She was the moral compass in the story.
Of course I liked Scarlett although... I can now see how immature she was. She really needed Rhett to ground her.
I still find it interesting with the accents. I mean the whole thing brings the story to life...it makes it like you are there.
A story about love, loss, and compassion in the Antebellum South.
I liked the way characters came to life... I mean hearing about GWTW and listening to it and seeing the film... there were definately some differences that the movie did not show... which I feel really changes the story.
Scarlett's children with Charles Hamilton, and Frank Kennedy. GWTW and Scarlett series do not mention the kids.
I am a working mom who loves to squeeze in listening to books while walking, doing chores or commuting.
Yes, I will. This is such a great book that I will most likely listen again in a few years.
Scarlet, of course! She is a survivor. Despite her many character flaws, Scarlet knows how to survive at a time in history when could not adapt to the changes.
No. She did a good job so I will check out here other works.
No, it is a long book and I enjoyed taking a break every few days.
The book has many differences from the movie, so it is well worth listening to the book even if you have seen the movie. This is a great book about a difficult period of American history. Some may be offended by the racial remarks throughout the book, but these are an insight into the days gone by. In American history. A really good read.
Have and will. I never get tired of it.
As MM put it herself - GUMPTION
Too many to list
Yes, there is a lot of material.
When Rhett covered for Ashley to the Union officer. Or maybe when Scarlett was in the abandoned Atlanta and stayed with Melanie at her peril. Not something you would expect from Scarlett.
Say it ain't so, joe!
I saw the movie first and wondered if I could hang with the book. The book is always better!
I am almost familiar enough with this story to hear it in my head without audio, and I sure was pleasantly surprised to find that this narrator spoke the narration and dialogue almost exactly as I imagined it. The story, of course, is excellent (anyone who watched the film without reading the book can't begin to imagine the historical detail Mitchell worked into this story). I very highly recommend this one!
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