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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold.

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Narrator is EXCELLENT!

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!

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  • Margaret
  • st kilda east, Australia
  • 11-09-10

The best!!

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.

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Wonderful rendition!

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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    4 out of 5 stars

Fabulous narrator, engaging story

The narrator is excellent. Living in the south I am frequently irritated by imitation southern accents but this narrator was believable in every character, one of the best I've heard. The only reason I didn't give the book 5 stars is some general frustrations with the book. It is an epic story with wonderful history and narrative. However I frequently found Scarlet's characterization to be unbelievable and contradictory. I'm sure the author was going for complex but I just never bought it. Maybe it's a generational thing, maybe I would have better understood if I had grown up in the 30's?

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  • Lawrence
  • Monroeville, PA, United States
  • 04-22-10

great novel

The narrator was excellent. This novel gives the emotional side of the ramp up to the Civil War, the war itself, and subsequent reconstruction. Highly recommended.

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  • Bebe
  • El Dorado, AR, USA
  • 04-17-10

Still wonderful

I read this book over 40 years ago as a teenager and have seen the movie several times. It was great to listen to it with my "older ears." Even though I knew everything that was going to happen before it did, and I haven't cried at a movie or book in decades, I cried at this one.

Some of the politics now have their roots in the politics of that time. One reviewer talked of the racism and sexism in the book. Those were the times, and the book wouldn't have been true to life without them. It's a shame that some people are still stuck in those times.

I've lived in the South all my life and hate fake Southern drawls. The narrator did not offend me. She did a great job.

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Easily one of my top 5

If you've seen the movie, and most have, this audio book is even better.

I'd never read the book, so I didn't realize how good the book might be. Well, being one of the most beloved books of all time, added to a wonderful performance by the narrator, I was simply blown away.

This audio book is truly a treasure.

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  • Robert
  • Huntsville, AL, USA
  • 03-25-10

Add Another Five Stars

I thought the movie was good but the book is better. I don't know how I can say that about a story that's longer than "War and Peace". But the time is used for masterful character development and an historical viewpoint that's often lost when one is on the losing side.
Linda Stephens is a superb narrator and doesn't lose her touch anywhere along the route.
I'm glad I listened to other reviewers and downloaded this masterpiece.

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Unbelievable

My favorite love story of all time. The narrator is fenominal.

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A Favorite - great narrator!

Loved this audio - never would've made it through the novel otherwise! The narrator was wonderful. Interesting to see Ms. Mitchell's/South's point of view on the Civil War. I can see how it might be offensive though.

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