We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
Ruth's Journey Audiobook

Ruth's Journey: The Authorized Novel of Mammy from Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind

Regular Price:$27.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Authorized by the Margaret Mitchell Estate, here is the first-ever prequel to one of the most beloved and best-selling novels of all time, Gone with the Wind. The critically acclaimed author of Rhett Butler's People magnificently recounts the life of Mammy, one of literature's greatest supporting characters, from her days as a slave girl to the outbreak of the Civil War.

"Her story began with a miracle." On the Caribbean island of Saint Domingue, an island consumed by the flames of revolution, a senseless attack leaves only one survivor - an infant girl. She falls into the hands of two French émigrés, Henri and Solange Fournier, who take the beautiful child they call Ruth to the bustling American city of Savannah.

What follows is the sweeping tale of Ruth's life as shaped by her strong-willed mistress and other larger-than-life personalities she encounters in the South: Jehu Glen, a free black man with whom Ruth falls madly in love; the shabbily genteel family that first hires Ruth as Mammy; Solange's daughter Ellen and the rough Irishman, Gerald O'Hara, whom Ellen chooses to marry; the Butler family of Charleston and their shocking connection to Mammy Ruth; and finally Scarlett O'Hara - the irrepressible Southern belle Mammy raises from birth. As we witness the difficult coming of age felt by three generations of women, gifted storyteller Donald McCaig reveals a portrait of Mammy that is both nuanced and poignant, at once a proud woman and a captive, and a strict disciplinarian who has never experienced freedom herself. But despite the cruelties of a world that has decreed her a slave, Mammy endures, a rock in the river of time.

Set against the backdrop of the South from the 1820s until the dawn of the Civil War, here is a remarkable story of fortitude, heartbreak, and indomitable will - and a tale that will forever illuminate your reading of Margaret Mitchell's unforgettable classic, Gone with the Wind.

©2014 Stephens Mitchell Trusts. All rights reserved. (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.0 (120 )
5 star
 (59)
4 star
 (28)
3 star
 (18)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (11)
Overall
3.9 (110 )
5 star
 (48)
4 star
 (24)
3 star
 (25)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (9)
Story
4.2 (109 )
5 star
 (62)
4 star
 (25)
3 star
 (12)
2 star
 (5)
1 star
 (5)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    David M. Jacobs 11-11-14 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    34
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good addition to the GWTW series."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The beginning was slow and at times hard to follow. The first part of the book, was told from Scarlett o hara grandma solange's pov. A bit boring until ruth or Mammy get old enough to tell her story. There was also a lot of death, wives dying and children dying and heartbreak galore.


    If you’ve listened to books by Donald McCaig before, how does this one compare?

    I personal liked Rhett's story better but that was because I knew the chracters.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I think she did well, crossing the many different chracter that were in the book.the evolution of Miss Katie into Scarlett seemed disjointed in the scheme of things. From GWTW I gathered Scarlett didn't like horses touch and this book has her jumping and out racing Beatrice Tarlelton.


    Was Ruth's Journey worth the listening time?

    I don't know if I would read it if I wasn't a GWTW fan.


    Any additional comments?

    The most interesting part was when Ruth was in Charleston. I won't give away the spoilers but it broke my heart when she was on the auction block.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lesia Petrizio 04-04-15 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    "Awesome!!!!"

    Awesome book absolutely loved it if you are a Gone with the Wind fan you've got to read this!!!

    Well written! I did not want the book to end!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Linda 11-19-14
    Linda 11-19-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Ruth's Journey: Mammy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I all most didn't get this as I had read a review that said it was "Horrible" which it is far from. If you are a fan of the book "Gone With The Wind" You love the characters in the story. Mammy being one of my favorite. It answers many questions about Mammy from the time she was 4 years old. Its the story of the south and of Slavery. That is, a "Horrible" part of American history. It chills our blood to even hear the 'N" word used. Get past that and you will enjoy reading Mammy's story.


    Who was the most memorable character of Ruth's Journey and why?

    Mammy


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Missy D 12-30-14
    Missy D 12-30-14 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Disappointed"

    Story doesn't even come close to Rhett Butlers People.... Just wasn't that good didn't really deal with slavery it was just weak

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Macayla Herndon 11-04-14 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Slow beginning leads to interesting ending"
    What other book might you compare Ruth's Journey to and why?

    This book is a good companion piece to the author's Rhett Butler's People. I felt it played off that story better than it did its source material of Gone With the Wind. It brought in some characters from Rhett Butler's People and fleshed out their back stories. If you didn't read that book or didn't like it, I could see that this would be confusing or disappointing.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was good when doing Mammy's dialect. However, the author didn't attempt to do any other accents. I especially noticed this during the Irish O'Haras' dialogue. It seemed lacking that she didn't attempt to do an Irish accent for these characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it was very slow in the beginning, during the set up to Solange's story. I had a hard time figuring out what was happening some of the time when they were in Haiti. I wanted to quit in the early parts but soldiered on because I wanted to learn more about Mammy. Once it got to Mammy and Ellen's story I felt that the pace picked up and it improved greatly.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't enjoy this as much as I enjoyed Rhett Butler's People but I still think it is a worthwhile book and am glad Margaret Mitchell's Estate continues to authorize new material.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    kristi 12-07-16
    kristi 12-07-16 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Beautifully performed, can't stop listening story!"

    I have been fascinated with Gone With the Wind since I was a little girl. This book brought me such joy the entire time I listened to it, as Mammy, (Hattie McDaniel) has always been one of my favorite characters in the book and the movie! Her story is one of so much hardship, love, loss, and sometimes even humor! I believe Margaret Mitchell would be proud of this novel and how it stayed so true to the beautiful characters she created! I know that I will be listening to this book over and over just as I have Gone with the Wind! This was beautifully performed and I could not bring myself to pause it at many different times! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Gone with the Wind, or stories of "the old south" as I do!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jacqueline Williams 07-14-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Ruth's Journey"

    Just finished listening, story slow in the beginning. I'm not sure I felt Mammy here, but then we only knew the older version. May have liked it more if I had actually read the book instead of listening to it. Definitely did not care for the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dawn 06-24-16
    Dawn 06-24-16 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "May read well...not a good listen"

    I regret purchasing this one. I'm sure the story READS well, but is not good for listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Stephanie 06-09-16
    Stephanie 06-09-16 Member Since 2008
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Big Disappointment"
    Would you try another book from Donald McCaig and/or Cherise Boothe?

    I loved McCaig's other book "Rhett Butler's People" and purchased this book based on it.


    What could Donald McCaig have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Too many characters and too much activity. Spent a lot of time re-winding to try and figure out what was going on where and with who


    How could the performance have been better?

    The deep 'french" accent was hard to follow. Will not be buying any books narrated by Cherise Boothe after listening to other samples.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ruth's Journey?

    unfortunately, almost all of it. Way to busy and hard to follow.


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointing - wish it had been on the level of "Rhett Butler's People" that was closer to the time frame of GWTW and characters that were easy to "picture" and keep track of.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ken N 06-01-16
    Ken N 06-01-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Poor narration"
    Would you try another book from Donald McCaig and/or Cherise Boothe?

    I will try other books by Donald but avoid those narrated by Cherise.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was very tedious listening to her "read" the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.