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Gone with the Wind Audiobook

Gone with the Wind

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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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    Marco Italy 12-01-14
    Marco Italy 12-01-14 Member Since 2015

    Fantasy geek, literature lover!

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    "A masterpiece"
    Would you listen to Gone with the Wind again? Why?

    Gone with the Wind is the quintessential 20th century novel... there's everything in it, from romance to story, from history to essay... it's a great tapestry that recounts the events surrounding the seeping away of a civilization.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Many scenes are my favourites. Scarlett at Twelve Oaks at the beginning, Scarlett and Rhett at the Yankee prison, Wade's scenes, especially the ones with Rhett. Too many!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    GWTW is already a movie, one of the greatest movie of all time for that matter. It doesn't need any tagline it is pretty much able to stand on its own two feet!


    Any additional comments?

    Linda Stephens reads the bool with great accuracy. All scenes are narrated with the right kind of pacing and most characters are well portrayed.

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    Kimberly Shephard Colorado Springs, Co United States 11-03-14
    Kimberly Shephard Colorado Springs, Co United States 11-03-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Classic book, mediocre narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I've read this physical book probably 6 times in my life and was excited to listen to it. The book remains as good as always, but this narrator was frustrating and annoying. I found her voice flat and her characters insipid. She also shifted in and out of a southern accent. I liked Scarlett O'Hara less than I ever liked her before based on this performance. I would love to see perhaps a great multi-cast production of this book.


    What three words best describe Linda Stephens’s voice?

    Flat. Mundane. She mis-pronounces common words.


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    Kevin Kelsey mahomet, il (the middle of a cornfield) 10-27-14
    Kevin Kelsey mahomet, il (the middle of a cornfield) 10-27-14 Member Since 2011

    kpkelsey

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    "Absolutely Amazing - but very long."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone and everyone. As previous reviewers have noted, I can't say anything about Gone with the Wind that would do it justice. Linda Stephens is an amazing narrator and I enjoyed every bit of this book from start to finish.

    Be aware, though, that this book is definitely a marathon! It's nearly 50 hours long, by far the longest book I've ever listened to! It's all wonderful, but you really have to be in it for the long haul if you're going to get anything out of it.


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    Sdreprlcr Sc 10-08-14
    Sdreprlcr Sc 10-08-14 Member Since 2016
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    "A Keeper"
    Where does Gone with the Wind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    DoctorMom Minneapolis, MN 10-04-14
    DoctorMom Minneapolis, MN 10-04-14

    jbprn

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    "Timeless like No Other Since"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Linda Stephens – was your favorite?

    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.


    If you could rename Gone with the Wind, what would you call it?

    For the Love of Tara


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    Norma 10-03-14
    Norma 10-03-14
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    "Wonderful version of a classic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. A great performance.


    What about Linda Stephens’s performance did you like?

    She captured the spirit of Scarlett perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Leah N. Osceola, WI 09-26-14
    Leah N. Osceola, WI 09-26-14 Member Since 2016

    leahnoel

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    "Enjoyed the narration"
    If you could sum up Gone with the Wind in three words, what would they be?

    historical, feminism, struggle


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rhett Butler - A cynic to the core with a charming southern air.


    What does Linda Stephens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    So many different southern accents! She really nails it.


    If you could rename Gone with the Wind, what would you call it?

    Home to Tara


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Eleanor 09-08-14
    Eleanor 09-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Overall, a wonderful book."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gone with the Wind to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Mary C. McMillin-Koski decatur IL 07-31-14
    Mary C. McMillin-Koski decatur IL 07-31-14

    miss mary

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    "Gone with the Wind - a classic"
    If you could sum up Gone with the Wind in three words, what would they be?

    romantic, action, drama


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What does Linda Stephens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A story about love, loss, and compassion in the Antebellum South.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    SPOILERS:

    Scarlett's children with Charles Hamilton, and Frank Kennedy. GWTW and Scarlett series do not mention the kids.

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    michele Lancaster, OH, United States 07-13-14
    michele Lancaster, OH, United States 07-13-14 Member Since 2013

    I am a working mom who loves to squeeze in listening to books while walking, doing chores or commuting.

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    "Timeless classic"
    Would you listen to Gone with the Wind again? Why?

    Yes, I will. This is such a great book that I will most likely listen again in a few years.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Linda Stephens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. She did a good job so I will check out here other works.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it is a long book and I enjoyed taking a break every few days.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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