Gone with the Wind

Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
Length: 47 hrs and 11 mins
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When Gone with the Wind appeared in 1936, it became on overnight sensation. Nothing like it in American literature had ever been seen. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize and become one of the most celebrated films of all time. It has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and been translated into 27 languages. 

Gone with the Wind is both an historical novel and an examination of the bewildering changes that swept Georgia in the 1860s. The novel begins just before the Civil War opens and ends in 1871. During those intervening years Mitchell’s novel illustrates the struggles of the Georgians who lived through the Civil War and Reconstruction eras. 

Here are the most famous characters in American literature: handsome, controversial Rhett Butler; spoiled, flirtatious Scarlett O'Hara; aristocratic gentleman Ashley Wilkes; and saintly Melanie Hamilton. As the lives of these and other equally fascinating characters play out against the chaotic background of war and Reconstruction, Gone with the Wind scales heights of human drama that have rarely been reached.

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Critic Reviews

“The narrative is excruciatingly vivid. For days after reading Gone with the Wind, the reader lives the experiences of the characters Margaret Mitchell has given the world.” (London Times)

“No reader can come away without a sense of the tragedy that overcame the planting families in 1865 and without a better understanding of the background of present-day Southern life.” (The New York Times)

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Fabulous, utter enjoyment!

Every character brought to life by Charlton Griffin was a joy. It was like listening to a radio show with several performers taking on different roles. I ached to hear the story unfold, and found myself turning it on at every opportunity throughout the day. Now, I feel saddened to have to go through the rest of the day without, having just come to the end of the story.

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Great book the story set in the south is full of detail . I read it with great zeal .

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  • Julie P
  • 01-11-20

Awful narration

This is a classic, wonderful book, so my comments are only about the narrator. There is a lot of dialogue in this book, and the narration is appalling. His falsetto when reading female voices is laughable - it sounds like a poorly edited comedy. But worse than that are his attempts to reproduce a southern American accent. Each sentence has a mixture of upper class English and some kind of American drawl, it’s quite bizarre. I can’t listen to any more of it, so for the first time I am returning this audiobook for a refund.

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  • Julie M.
  • 01-14-20

Gone with the wind

Beautifully read once I had become used to the voices

Enjoyed it very much. Not disappointed.

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  • Charlotte Vertigen
  • 01-17-20

Deliciously raucous feast for the ears

I very rarely write reviews but felt compelled in this instance. I wasn’t sure if I could stomach the racist language, it was a stab each time the word was spoken but had to keep reminding myself it was of the time and country - not that I’m in anyway excusing it of course.

The narrator was spectacular and nailed every accent and did them justice. He’s genius and felt he was done an injustice with an earlier review. He brought the characters to life with such vivid colour in a way I wasn’t expecting. He didn’t just read the book, he was the book!

The story itself is possibly one of the best I’ve ever heard. Compelling, intriguing, interesting and beautiful. A must read/listen, I feel richer for having heard it and felt very sad when it ended. Thank goodness for Lincoln, shame he isn’t around today 😉