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.
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"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)
It doesn't matter how many times I've read GWTW I just don't get tired or bored with it.
The audio version is amazing. The reader does such a fab job of it and her accent and different voices are unsurpassed. Since we have always identified Scarlett with Vivian Leigh and Rhett Butler with Clark Gable, the reader does not disappoint us since she nails those voices and accents. Absolutely an amazing reader.
I seem to read the book and then watch the movie. The dialog in the movie follows the book almost verbatim so many times but the book is pretty different from the movie. And the book is pretty darn racy for something written so many years ago! Margaret Mitchell was way ahead of her time writing so openly about issues that still face us today, i.e., sex. She manages to write about sex without being graphic or offensive.
Something that has always bothered me is not about GWTW but about the 'sequel' Scarlett. It is based on the movie and not but book. Although it's good I really would have liked to find out what happened to Scarletts children since they don't exist in the GWTW movie or in the book or movie called Scarlett.
This book is it! Just can't get better than this!
I have seen this movie many times and enjoyed the story. But the book has so much more to offer - about the Civil War, about Atlanta, and of course, about Scarlett and her relationships. I can now see why this story is a classic. Great narration adds to the story.
Scarlet's mother. She had good values and had attempted to teach them to her daughter.
I was often angry at Scarlet for her selfishness and self-centeredness. Especially when her son meant nothing to her.
Margaret Mitchell has written one of the greatest character books I've ever read. How could I come to care about, and even admire, such a selfish creature as Scarlett O'Hara? How could I manage to be charmed by that pragmatic rogue, Rhett Butler?
This book will immerse you into the culture of the time. The authors ability to create a sense of place, to develop complex characters without giving too much away, to build suspense, to capture mood and feeling...it's almost unparallelled.
Linda Stephens, the narrator, is extraordinary. Her voice is pleasant, her intonations perfect, her characters distinct, her pitch and the rhythm and accents are spot on. I could listen to this woman talk all day. Even my husband was caught up in listening and he could care less about his book.
BUY THIS BOOK. It is extraordinary in every way, and honestly one of the best written books I've ever read.
I enjoy period classics and have seen GTW on video and the big screen several times. It brings the events of the Civil War and life during the war. Great historical novel!
There are few novels that truely have parity with GTW. It is a classic unto itself. I have read novels and stories about the Civl War eara, but they are not as sweeping as GTW. Great Book!!!!
She offered her own personal flavor to the reading. She conveyed the differen characters and events very well.
I have never 'read' GTW before and doubted if I would ever directly READ GTW, but listening to it was great.
Being a native Georgian, I've loved Gone with the Wind, the movie that is, since I was a little girl. The book has always seemed a bit daunting, I thought I would start it and never finish. Listening to the story has proved to be the best decision I could have made! Linda Stephens is abosutely amazing at bringing the story to life. She gets the accents spot on. Funnily enough, her narration of Rhett was so good, I've changed my mind about him. I didn't even realize my distaste until I listened to this book. He has charmed me so much more than Clark Gable ever did, and that's saying a lot. This is a MUST READ for any Southerner.
This book enriched my week at the beach. It has been decades since I read the book, and the story is so much more than the movie.
I really saw Scarlett in a different light than my younger self did. Now I admire the strength and the "tomorrow" philosophy, though I do still want to hit her every time she fawns over Ashley.
Toss up between Scarlett and Rhett. As a native Atlantan, I really appreciate natural Southern voices. Most go over the top.
I wanted to ignore my family and live in the story.
Margaret Mitchell's story came to the big screen and is still very popular, the audible version of the classic is just as good if not better. I like being inside of Scarlett's head, her POV is what makes the story great but the historical accuracy is there for Civil War aficionados too. She did a great deal of research for the writing of this story and it shows. It's a long book, but so was the movie and so was the Civil War and it's aftermath on the southern states. Loved the details, the realistic way you feel like you ARE THERE, in the south hearing the war and feeling the war and then living the war itself and it's years that came after. The people seem to live and breathe right along with Scarlett and Rhett...Mammy is unforgettable as the beloved housekeeper and so many others....I think this book should be required "reading" or "listening" for all who want to understand where our United States was right after the Revolutionary War and how it came to be today. This was the beginning of the end of the old days and the start of the industrialized era for the USA. A fictional story that has it's roots in history.
56 year old working wife, mother and grandmother.
I love this story so much. The narrator was ok but mixed the voices up a few times. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed this listening experience. I have read the book twice before and watched the movie twice. Listening seemed to bring the characters to life more. This is truly the best story of all time in my opinion.
As one of the few people in the world who did not already know the ending of this book, I found it extremely depressing. I felt forelorn for weeks after finishing it every time I thought about it. With that being said, the story was remarkable. I gained alot of insight into the Civil War and what life might really have been like for the people of Georgia at that time. The depth of character was wonderful and it truly is a book worthy of the recognition it has received.
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