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)
I don't recall reading the book before, but the movie was always a favorite. I enjoyed so much more detail and some of the differences with the movie. It is very racist, which made me sad, but is realistic to the time, and all of the characters had many facets. The narrator has a very pleasant voice and a realistic accent.
I've read the book, seen the movie. Nothing compares to Listening. Worderfully narrated, more captivating than the movie ever will be. This is one that you will listen to over and over again you always catch something new with each listen.
The characters are developed so vividly in this masterpiece. An incredible story of American history presented through inspiring prose.
Of all the books I have read or listened to, this is the one I most enjoyed.
Listening to this book was more enjoyable than any book I've read or listened to in years. The narrator's ability to give each character a voice was wonderful. So good, in fact, that the listener may forget they are listening to only one person and not a performance by several.
I must confess that it was my sister who recommended this book and I was pretty reluctant to listen. I remember seeing GWTW many years ago and thought it was a good movie but not my favorite. Whether or not you are a fan of the movie, the book is so multi-layered that it is so worth the listen. It took me a good hour or so to get into it because I was so uncomfortable with the language and the descriptions of slavery. I promised myself that I would listen for a bit longer and then got swept up in the story. This is a classic love story--not necessarily the one you think--there are so many love stories that weave together. I highly recommend it!
I've only seen parts of the movie, so now that I've "finished reading" the book, I've got to see the movie to compare. My daughter and I listened to it during our cross-country move which took five days. Let me tell you, the trip was so much fun because we listened to the story. We actually got to drive through Atlanta during our audio adventure!
GWTW is my all time favorite story, whether it be book or movie. Now, I have to say, it is my all time favorite audiobook as well. Linda Stephens has a lovely voice, and I could listen to her all day long. I have read this book at least 50 times, and still caught things I have missed before.
A good story never grows old and Gone with the Wind is even better in audio format. The storytellers cadence works well with these characters and I soon discovered that the movie did not come close to doing justice to Margaret Mitchell's characters. It was always meant to be a story spoken aloud.
I read the book back in the sixties, then again about 15 years ago and of course, saw the movie many times. I had forgotten how truly remarkable Margaret Mitchell's beloved classic is. Her character development, her ability to capture the essence of southern womanhood, Scarlett's incredible ego, the saga absolutely captures the reader (listener) and carries them to another place and time. It is not surprising that the people of Atlanta so revered Ms. Mitchell. This is the book of the Civil War and hauntingly beautiful love to which all others aspire.
The book FAR outweighs the movie, which in itself was terrific. I have listened to this book SEVERAL times. Linda Stephens does a fantastic job of narrating all the characters. Book includes characters like Mrs. Tarleton and others who really were fascinating and added so much depth to the story. Also scenes from Gerald's funeral, the other two children of Scarlett's, and a much deeper look at Ashley's role make the book a MUST read for all who enjoyed the movie. Get it with the credit, get it, get it, get it! You won't be disappointed!
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