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've been waiting for several years for Audible to have Gone with the Wind available. I was very excited to finally download it. However, Linda Stephens is disappointing as the narrator. I was hoping for a narrator with a more dynamic voice; a female Jim Dale. I had hoped she would grow on me as I listened, but she always sounds wrong. She is not a bad narrator, she's just wrong for this book. I was hoping for a narrator who could bring GWTW to life Juliet Stevenson does for Jane Austin's work or Gwendoline Yeo does for the Joy Luck Club. I'd even prefer a male narrator if he was able to capture the essence of Scarlet. Still this is worth downloading. Perhaps someone who does not have definite ideas about Scarlet O'Hara would be find with this narrator.
Mom, and caregiver. Variety in my music and book libraries. I love a good romance or mystery. In order to be worth my time and money
Gone with the Wind could only be described as romantic, one-sided, and irreverant
The love story between Rhett and Scarlett has always been a go to story for my romantic heart. I do love however Scarlett's attitude about getting through whatever life sends her way.
Decent reader, not one of my favorites but a decent reader
My favorite part of the book is the end when Scarlett realizes the people she dismissed were those that held her together and gave her strength through the years.
I really wish Audible would publish the audio version of Scarlett - Alexandra Ripley's sequel to the story. I loved it more than the original.
The content of the book really needs no review from me since people have loved it for years, but I will say a few words about it. It would be easy to pick this apart because of our politically correct atmosphere in this country. Many of the attitudes expressed are a little hard to take in light of the way we think about race relations today. However, if you can accept those things as an attempt by the author to express the attitudes of the people of whom she wrote, there is a great deal of wisdom in the book. There is also a great deal of history woven into the story-line. This book was, in fact, one of the books that led me to declare history as my major many years ago.
As for the performance, I can hardly say enough. I don't know enough to say just how accurate the narrator is with her renditions of various dialects, but she certainly makes them believable. Several different southern accents as well as an Irish brogue are represented in the book, and she handles them all admirably.
I chose to listen to this book because I've owned a hard copy for over ten years now and never made it past the first 50 pages. I've heard for years that it's "the greatest love story of all time" and "a timeless classic," so I felt it was a book I should have under my belt. Thanks to Linda Stephens, I enjoyed listening. I found myself reluctant to get ready for work because I didn't want to have to stop listening. However, by the end of it, I realized how much I had come to despise Scarlett O'Hara. While she is the protagonist and her actions and attitude are the catalyst for the entire story, she is intolerable. Reflecting on my experience, I felt I had been robbed of almost 50 hours of my life. This is not a great love story.
This book obviously stands the test of time, and Linda Stephens gives a wonderful voice to Scarlett and the whole book. I love long books, and this one certainly gave me many hours of enjoyment!
I have been listening to taped books for a long time and I have to say this is one of the best ones I have ever had listening to a book. First of all, I love the movie and have read the book before so just expected a ho hum experience. Not at all! This was like hearing the movie again! The narrator was wonderful with all the voices of the characters. It was a little harder keeping up with all the parts but it was worth it. I really hated to reach the end of the book. I would highly recommend anyone who has wanted to read the book but was intimidated by the length of it to listen to it instead.
I could see why this story gain made a whole southern revival in US when it came out. I am a 28 your old guy from Texas who once lived in Georgia. After reading this book it made me want to go back and visit Georgia. Its a story of war, love, business and the strength of a passionate women. There is not many books written these days that can match the perfection of the writing style. The narrator of this book made the voices nice and realistic. It helped capture the magic of the book. I was able to forget easily that one person was narrating the whole book. I wish there were more books of this caliber.
Completely sucked in! Loved every minute!!! The voice was lovely and switching between characters was brilliant! I will keep this one to listen to again and again.
Everyone, I mean EVERYONE, has see the epic film version of "Gone with the Wind". I felt rather corny downloading the book, I mean com'on, I know how it's going to end...But the book has so much more than the movie. So much more insight into the characters. Into the history of that era, the hardships, the reality of war. No matter how bad things get in this country, if nothing else, this serves as a reminder that we don't ever want to go down that road again. I love this book.
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