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)
Linda Stephens is flawless as she narrates Margaret Mitchell's masterpiece. Gone With The Wind is both a compelling love story and heart wrenching historical fiction. No matter how many times you've read this novel before, you will be stunned by the new perspectives this narration offers. And if you've never read GWTW--prepare to be blown away!
I love this book and have read the print book many times. Unfortunately the narrator's pacing is positively AWFUL. The lingering between sentences, particularly during the dialogue is absolutely irritating. I had listened to the small sample, but it took a longer listening (meaning I had to purchase it) to find that the reader is terrible.
I love this book, but this reader is very offputting. If your mp3 player has a speed option, I would suggest you use it. It helps this reader's plodding pacing, but it's still annoying in parts.
Although she gets the accents mostly right (not easy to do, I admit), many, many, many times Ms. Stephens misreads the text (usually in conversations). Sometimes, mere confusion is caused by these misreads; sometimes the entire meaning of the comment is lost. This will really irritate anyone who knows how Southerners truly speak.
. Since I had not seen the movie in years, I was looking forward to this book with nothing more than with a vague nostalgia. Was I brought up short very quickly! Since this is suppose to be a defining southern novel, I was prepared to be caught up in the kinder, gentler side of our plantation heritage. But Margaret Mitchell pulled no punches in drawing aside the gauzy curtain to see what was behind the illusions.
Scarlet first of all, was not a Southern woman. She was a Irish Roman Catholic daughter of an immigrant. I wanted to cheer Scarlett on as she defied the oppressive role that was the typical southern woman's lot. Hey! for the woman team! But Mitchell wrote her strong woman character as mean, hateful, and selfish. Hard to keep liking her for very long.
And of course, the racism comes on strong. I almost stopped listening to it to avoid having to endure such vehement hatred of blacks. According to this book, the KKK was a just and reasonable response of the injustices that white were receiving on the hands of the freed slaves. Those poor, downtrodden whites! Unfortunately, this was told without any irony, with a knowing wink that lets the reader know we all know those myopic fools were not the downtrodden as they were bemoaning to be. The author's opinions were coming in loud and clear. It was one thing for Scarlet to be hateful, she was an equal opportunity hatefest, but for lovable bad boy Rhett to feel he was justified in killing a black when he was "uppity" to a white woman was just too much.
While there was a wistfulness for the plantation life that was "Gone With The Wind", there was much suffering of people in the underbelly of that culture. This story was told with no apology or even awareness of the ugliness and unfairness of that culture, made me say good riddance. We are better off without it. But, having lived in the south all my life, we can still see the remnants.
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I enjoyed the movie but the book was far too exaggerated. I felt like I was reading a grade seven book.
Both Scarlett and Rhett had very demonstrative characters.
Disappointed big time.
Narration: I'm not normally a big fan of female readers... not sure if I've just not gotten good ones in the past. The other female readers I've heard have all been fairly bland. However Linda Stephens narrates this book with EXTREME craft. She really brings the characters to life. It is very easy to follow who is speaking just by her tone and accent. She has a very broad range, from gruff men to lilting ladies. It's quite a joy to listen to her.
The Story: First off, you will see the dark side of a 'romantic heroine'. I find Scarlett O'Hara deeply unlikeable and yet I couldn't 'put this book down' so to speak. Rhett Butler is endlessly entertaining with his "i don't give a care" attitude.
The element I least expected going into this book was the large amount of Civil War history it includes. I'd almost label this 'historical fiction'. Also, growing up on the west coast, this book gives a very different view of the Civil War, slavery, and Reconstruction than I was taught in school. I don't think it changed my mind, but it certainly challenged me and made me think.
This book is a VERY STRONG recommend rating. It flows well and quickly and is quite entertaining. I tend to like a lot of 19th century British lit, and this had a similar feel but with a bit more 'realism'.
Well, it's Gone With the Wind, so how can you go wrong. Well, this is how: have it read by a narrator whose intonation is "off." I love the book, but the narrator just spoiled it for me. Surely they could have chosen someone more competent.
I do not believe Margaret Mitchell wrote another book and I would not ever buy a book ready by Linda Stephens. Very slow and very boring narrator.
Melanie Wilkes - what is not to like about perfection?
Another narrator - one who is able to read clearly, which she could, but her pronunciation of certain words made me want to run out of my car.
No I do not believe it does. The original was a little long and drawn out.
Yes, I dare. An unrealistic picture of life on the ol' plantation with all the "servants" so very happy to be owned by their white folks. "Rhett Butler's People", "The Wind Done Gone", "A Light to My Path", "Huckleberry Finn", and "The Slaves' War" begin to describe reality for the men, women, and children who were owned, sold, traded, beaten, raped, and killed in the ante-bellum South. This was a terrible time for all the people in our country, except the few unscrupulous rascals who made millions selling shabby clothes, rotten food, defective guns, and sick horses to the armies. Bet you didn't know the South was the first to conscript soldiers. Right. They weren't all rarin' to kill some Yankees. So there's no need for Linda Stephens to over-dramatize her characterizations the way she does. She could read it in a dead pan voice and it would still come through as extremely, dramatically, terrible, because it was.
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