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Publisher's Summary

The timeless tale continues....

The most popular and beloved American historical novel ever written, Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind is unparalleled in its portrayal of men and women at once larger than life but as real as ourselves. Now best-selling writer Alexandra Ripley brings us back to Tara and reintroduces us to the characters we remember so well: Rhett, Ashley, Mammy, Suellen, Aunt Pittypat, and, of course, Scarlett.

As the classic story, first told over half a century ago, moves forward, the greatest love affair in all fiction is reignited; amidst heartbreak and joy, the endless, consuming passion between Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler reaches its startling culmination.

Rich with surprises at every turn and new emotional, breathtaking adventures, Scarlett satisfies our longing to reenter the world of Gone with the Wind, and like its predecessor, Scarlett will find an eternal place in our hearts.

©1991 Stephens Mitchell Trusts (P)2018 Recorded Books

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This Was A Wonderful Book!!!

Linda Stephens did a wonderful job narrating GWTW. I think she did a fabulous job with this one. I'm so glad she was the one that did it! She sounds older but, I couldn't imagine anyone else doing it! Mrs Stephens voice was perfect for the job. She gives Scarlett's character a realistic sound of a mature grown woman, which goes along with the storyline. In this book I learned to appreciate that people can change their "spots" if they really want to. I love that Scarlett goes back to Ireland. Alexandra Ripley made it exciting! I couldn't stop listening to it until the very end!

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What a surprise!

I absolutely love Gone With the Wind and I have read the follow up novel, Scarlett by Alexandra Ridley, several times. It was a complete surprise to see it pop up on my recommended list! Best of all it is narrated by Linda Stephens who also did GWtW so the voice, flow, and reading style is seamless between the two. Using a credit for this one was a no brainer!

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Thank goodness it’s over...

I liked this better than Rhett Butler’s People, but it still wasn’t very much to my liking. I felt it dragged on and on, and although Linda Stephens did a fantastic job narrating Gone With the Wind, her voice sounded like a grandma’s in this book. I don’t mean to be rude, but it just didn’t sound right since Scarlett is supposed to still be young, exceptionally beautiful, and desirable. There were also some plot lines that I found utterly ridiculous and unlikely, especially right near the end, and the end felt incredibly abrupt and incomplete. It took me months to get through this book (my husband kept saying, “you STILL haven’t finished it?!”), and not with much enjoyment or anticipation—I just kept hoping it would get better. I definitely will never listen to it again, and wouldn’t recommend it. Sad 😔

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A little disappointed but overall a good listen...

I was very excited to find that Linda Stephens had narrated Scarlett. I absolutely love her voice in the narration of GWTW. So much in fact that I listen to it every year. Unfortunately, she does not sound the same at all for this book. She sounds much older and none of the characters have the same voice as in GWTW. That said, it was still enjoyable to listen to once I got over the fact that it just did not sound the same. And of course the book itself is wonderful.

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a bandaid

This book was purely commissioned to put a bandaid on the gaping wound that was left on all of our hearts after reading Gone with the wind. The author does a marvelous job trying to mimic Ms. Mitchell's writing style, beautiful use of alliteration, similes, rapid scene changes and so on. However, her depiction of Scarlett leaves much to the imagination. I do not know this woman. I know her history, the choices she has made in the past, but this is not how I would have envisioned her future has Ms. Mitchell released a sequel in her lifetime. It is more of a discovery journey for Scarletts character, which was fun, dont get me wrong. I wouldn't really reccomend it, however, if you are a fan of Gone with the wind as a novel. I feel like at some point the author was just having a contest with herself to make the book as thick as its predecessor, as there is alot of mindless filler. I feel like the main cry from other readers (just from reading reviews) is that "we need more Rhett" and I am here to tell you that these reviews are wholeheartedly correct, and this is not the novel you seek for him. While it does provide some closure, I feel that Ms. Mitchell intended the origional book to end as it did. I am but weak mortal and had to find out "what happens next" so I sought the comfort of this novel, not written by the infamous author of Gone with the Wind, but by a stranger and "authorized by the Mitchell estate." Give it a go if you have the time, by all means. All I am saying Is googling the plot of the book would probably suffice, rather then spending however much on buying the book and suffering through 37 hours as I did.

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Frankly my dear, one of the best damned books!

In all the books I've read over my lifetime, this ranks among the top two. It was a pleasure to hear the narrated version and picture the vivid scenes with the faces of Vivian Leigh and Clark Gable. a truly epic ending befitting the original story and film.

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Great story for a different author

I've read the book multiple time. I was excited when the audiobook came out, and I loved Ms. Stephens' reading of Gone with the Wind. It seems as though the time between the two left something to be desired, and Ms. Stephens made Scarlett sound as if she were 50-60 and it was quite disappointing. I'm sure it couldn't be helped, but it was odd to hear Scarlett's voice in an age range much older than that of a young Southern belle.

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Narrator ruins it

The narrator is too old. I can't tell who the characters are bc they all sound the same. I couldn't even get halfway through it.

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Great follow-up!

Given that Margaret Mitchell didn't write this sequel, it's a shockingly good follow-up to the original Gone with the Wind. The same selfishness and self-centered attitude that was a staple of Scarlett's personality in the first book was ever present throughout this second one, from Georgia to South Carolina and across the pond to Ireland. Nobody gets in their own way as much as Scarlett O'Hara does, and it's astounding to witness.

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Banal and boring

Lacking the conflict in the first book of Scarlett’s struggle to survive, this sequel is an utter disappointment. Scarlett’s fire is reduced to pointless childish tantrums. Her obsession for Rhett lacks substance and the hard-earned self awareness of her imaginary passion for Ashley. Every “adventure” contributes nothing to Scarlett’s growth and served only to antagonize this reader with interminable minutiae. Ridiculous storylines are topped by the Harlequinesque episode of a passionate, fertile lovemaking scene. Right, because a bad sailor who can’t keep a boat upright and frequently rejects a woman would put her in the mood for sex after drifting in a freezing ocean.

I could go on. I hate this book. It’s terrible. The narrator’s performance is its only redemption.

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