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)
The book is so much richer than the film could ever be. It's really a character study into the nature of the people who lived through the civil war and those who didn't. It is written through the eyes of Scarlett, who is a survivor regardless of the cost, and the people who clung to her for their own survival.
Unfortunately, this novel is politically incorrect. If I were black, I would be very angry when reading it. Considering the publication date, it should be noted that during that time, (1936) racism existed throughout the U.S. and this book, unfortunately, reflects those belief. Regardless, it remains one of the very best glimpses into the civil war south.
I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
My favority all time book. I've read it several times but listening to it is the best. I highly recommend it to anyone. There is a reason it's a classic.
We all know this movie well. As wonderful as the movie is, it can't and doesn't do justice to the book. I found myself skipping back just to listen to the same descriptions and dialog over again. I took my time with this one and loved every minute.
Classic, layered story about a strong woman in a time where a headstrong woman was not admired by society. One man, Rhett Butler, accepts her for herself, but she blindly loves the idea of another man.
Rich characters, forever affected and changed by the civil war.
The Narrator of the story, Linda Stephens, did an excellent job.
Old Fart 1960 (some day....)
The movie version has been on my wife's favorite movie list since high school. I've bought her collector editions of the novel as well. This is the first time I've picked up the book and had a listen. What a pleasant surprise. The narration is superb. Scarlet, Melanie, Ashley, Rett, they all come to life. It's a long book (longer than the movie!) but time flew by. Highly recommended for the period history and thought process of the time. May not be totally accurate because it's still fiction. I'm glad I listened to it.
I have really enjoyed listening to this great book on my Kindle Fire. The narrator is one of the best I have experienced. She dramatically reads each line perfectly and uses different accents to help bring the book to life and actually makes it easier to follow the story than if I had just read the book silently in my head. She has a beautiful singing voice that she uses when songs come up in the book. I particularly enjoyed having these songs come to life and being able to hear them the way they would have been sung. Being from the South I often cringe when I hear actors attempt a southern accent, however Linda Stephens has perfected the voice of Scarlett and makes it easy to get lost in the reading as if you are listening to the real Miss O'Hara. I could not recommend this audio book more. I would say it is a definite must have for fans of this format.
I thoroughly enjoyed this narrator!!!!!!! In the first chapter I was slightly thrown off b/c "my" Scarlett's voice has always been that of Vivien Leigh but Linda Stephens reigned me in in no time flat! Linda Stephens does a WONDERFUL job for EVERY characters' voice. (I especially liked her Rhett voice!) Awesome narrator & worth every penny!
If you've never read this book, you must! And Linda Stephens' narration is wonderful. She really brings the characters to life. I've already listened to this one three times and know I will do so again.
Although Scarlet is a pretty shallow person, this book is anything but. Some people have criticized it because it is racially biased. Well, duh! It is set in Georgia in the 1860s and beyond, about the most racially biased time and place in history. If it were written any other way, it would not be true to the times, and not worth reading. If you can't handle reading about things the way they were, don't read the book.
I think Mitchell handled the white vs. black problem extremely well. I came away from this book having a profound respect for many of the black characters, and disgust for many of the whites. But then, is that not life? There are good and bad black people, there are good and bad white people. There are dumb and evil blacks. There are dumb and evil whites. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It is called real life. But what Mitchell gave us was a glimpse into the mindset of the time, both black and white, both good and evil. And, like holding a mirror up to our own faces, if we look in depth, it is scary.
This is only one of the myriad lessons to be learned from this book. It is jam-packed from start to finish.
About Scarlet. I came to dislike her intensely when, as a mature woman, she continued to hold on to childish ideas that could destroy her life. But how rewarding to finally see her able to look in that mirror and see herself for what she was. What happened next? Does she get him back or doesn't she? I wouldn't dare say, but I do know that she would be strong and self-reliant, and with her new-found perspective on life, a lot more realistic, and perhaps a better mother. She is a survivor, and I admire that in anybody.
The narrator, Linda Stephans, is just fabulous. If you have listened to very many audio books, you know that the narrator can make or break it. Ms. Stephans certainly makes this audio book.
This was a great audible book. I hadn't read this book for years and it was a joy to listen to it. The reader was truely gifted, able to capture all the different personalities and sounds of their voices. This is an epic novel and an engaging story of America, the footprint of slavery and how deeply it impacted the many people involved. And of course Scarlett and Rhett are two of the great fictional characters of all time! A JOY to listen to!
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