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)
If you've seen the movie you know the story. Listening to the book made me realize how largely faithful to the characters the movie was. But like most books, there's a lot more depth to the story that isn't in the movie. I disliked Scarlett a lot more at the beginning but by the end liked her a lot more and I think that is purposeful, that you follow her story arch and see her change. There are a lot more details along the way that really show you the depth of each character.
I am not from the south but found the accents to be generally very good. There was an obvious difference between Rhett's Charleston accent and Ashley's Virginian/Georgian accent, as well as Mr. O'Hara's Irish accent. It meant you generally knew who was speaking before they were credited.
This is a toughie. Scarlett is the heroine and makes an amazing transformation from spoiled plantation owner's daughter to an empathetic and hard working woman by the end. Rhett seems to always be the intelligent voice of common sense and reason, and seems to always see what other people don't see and understand the hypocrisy in everyone including himself. But Melanie steels the show I think. The book gives you a lot more time to get to know her and really understand her trust and love for Scarlett are not out of naivety but are real and even well founded. It's fun to see what she took joy in along the way and how much she really tries to get the best for everyone, how happy she is and how much she appreciates her friends and family. Even though she is characterized as being weak in health she has the strongest heart of anyone which of course is the point.
There are a lot of times where the author went off in great detail on say the family history of Scarlett's mother and father, or details about the matriarchs and patriarchs of some of the other families. It makes the book unnecessarily long. I'm sure it adds to the richness, but it's kind of like having an encyclopedia occasionally pop into your story and it's frustrating to go through hours of narration without anything actually happen. Once you get past those moments though, the actual story is fantastic.
I saw this story so differently than I did when I was Scarlett's age. I found myself feeling sorry for Scarlett. I realized the loss of the old South and the reasons for that loss.
It's always too soon to write a fair review of a great book when they always keep you thinking. 4 & 5 stars are worth repeat listenings.
Favorite book so far. Forget the movie it's like watching someone perform the outline of this story that took 10 years to research and write.
babs in paris
I have read the book and seen the movie at least a dozen times. And wow, listening has been a complete pleasure. Excellent narrator who enables me to appreciate the language, story and enjoy thinking about the differences between the book and the movie. HIGHLY recommend.
She is consummate professional handling the voices and narrative expertly.
Get this onto your device and enjoy the ride.
I love this book. A part of American history that is shameful concerning slavery. But equally shameful is the motivation of greed on both sides during & after the civil war I feel the characters Mitchell created captured brilliantly some of the ways people thought in those days. The way she slices into their hearts & minds helped me understand a lot about how complex human emotion is. The book has depth the movie can't touch. And perhaps it portrays why the USA population still isn't united as a country some 150 years after that time in history. It's a difficult task for the narrator of an epic that is also made into a well known movie. Having said this I would have preferred it didn't sound like the movie as much as it did.
Narrator was FABULOUS! I love her ability to move from one character to another with such distinctness.
The story was so much more detailed than I imagined, seamlessly intertwining historical events with the characters' lives.
The first time I read "Gone With the Wind," was one summer when I was eight years old. My best friend and I each had a copy, and we read it together. We finished it in three days. Since then, I've reread it twelve times, and finally, I decided to let someone read it to me. I'm so glad I did!
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