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Gone with the Wind

Auteur(s): Margaret Mitchell
Narrateur(s): Linda Stephens
Durée: 49 h et 2 min
5 out of 5 stars (45 évaluations)
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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

Ce que les critiques disent

"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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Outstanding. I didn't want it to end.

I was so reluctant to come to the end of this audiobook that I kept rewinding - postponing the last moments and the dialogue that I knew was to come. Linda Stephens is a brilliant narrator. She is in the ranks of Juliet Stevenson and Rosamund Pike, (in my opinion), and although her accents are not as diverse as Thandie Newton (who is truly brilliant), every nuance of expression, and every word was crystal clear. It was simply a pleasure from beginning to end. I had read Gone with the Wind, but like one reviewer, I had tended to gloss over details in favour of dialogue. Thanks to the skillful and engaging narration and of course Margaret Mitchell's writing, I didn't want to miss a word. Like all great literature, this book abounds in masterful insights into human nature and richly textured characters. I learned more about the history of the south, and plantation life and the years following the civil war from this book, than from anything I have before seen or read. Don't be put off by the length of this audio-book. It will be well worth your time!

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Classic

Great classic story, well read with an actual southern accent, and she sings!
Very enjoyable.
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Great book, okay reader

After reading Gone with the Wind I understand why it is a classic! I was pulled in by the story from the very beginning.
The narrator did a great job with the different accents and adding feeling to the story but read so SLOWLY and with so many huge pauses that I had to speed it up using my app for the entire book. Once it was sped up I was very impressed by her performance.

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A Literary Masterwork

I should start off by saying that Mitchell's version of events following the American Civil War are VERY slanted and more characters grow more outspokenly racist as the story progresses. HOWEVER, it does offer insight into just why Southerners today can't seem to let the Civil War go. It's this version of events, regardless of the actual truth, that they cling to. So just go into this one knowing that you're seeing things through the lenses of a victimized South lorded over by corrupt Yankees and hordes of dangerous freed slaves. It's not a history book. It's a fairy tale, but one that's told with great passion.

With that said, Mitchell is one of the most accomplished writers I have ever encountered. Her characters are flawed, complex, relatable, multi-faceted, and compelling. Her prose is swift and descriptive, and her dialogue crackles with wit and emotion and humour. Scarlett and Rhett are some of my favourite literary characters ever, specifically because they are so flawed and human. They're selfish, manipulative, beset by insecurities, and are able to dig deep and find the strength they need to survive the Civil War, even if it means they have to abandon their moral center. They're not GOOD people, but they're compelling anti-heroes you can't help but root for.

I also LOVE the narrator of this audiobook, Linda Stephens. Her accents and voices are perfect, and when she encounters any songs, she sings them with a perfect clear voice that was so surprising, considering most other narrators either recite song lyrics or try to sing and end up butchering them.

This is a fantastic yarn that, despite its length, is impossible to stop listening to. The brutal racism is very difficult to get through, though, and there are parts (liberal uses of the N word) that children should definitely not hear, so I'd suggest sticking with headphones. But I think this is an important text, if only so one can get inside the heads of the South after the Civil War, so you can understand just why they mistrust the North so much.

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Excellent Rollercoaster of Events

I kept in mind that this book was written in the 1930s about the American civil war, so this book is strife with racism and problematic language. I did feel embarrassed listening to this on a speaker, so keep that in mind before you buy. Will this ruin the book for you? Skip the one then.
I honestly had no idea what the heck the story of Gone with the Wind was and it kept surprising me how it went on and on. But I didn't get bored! Scarlet is singularly dislikeable and interesting.

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excellent

What an excellent, timeless story. I didn't want it to end. Only one slight problem, the narrator took many long pauses - long enough to make me think I had accidently turned off the book, and the swallowing noises were distracting but it got better as the book went on - or perhaps I just got used to it.

Either way, if you are a lover of this movie, I strongly recommend this book. It's absolutely fantastic.

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Wonderful

I started reading the physical copy of Gone with the Wind and loved the book but I started moving around a lot for school and it’s a big book to have in my bag when I’m going back home for just a weekend, so I decided to do the audio book so I’d have less to carry and this was perfect! It is such an amazing story and preformed so well! Highly recommend!

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Un vrai classique qui ne se démode pas. J'ai dévoré le livre. Quelle lectrice fabuleuse qu'est Mme Stephens

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  • dallas
  • powassan, Ontario, Canada
  • 2009-12-08

not to miss audible experience

GWTW has been a favourite read of mine since my teen years, but I never realized before how much of the descriptions I tend to skip over in favour of dialogue. Listening to this book has made me hear every word and added a whole new dimension to the story. I thought the narrator was brilliant and the accents added an authenticity - its made me want to study more about the civil war.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Bethann
  • Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • 2009-11-28

Fabulous!

I won't comment on the novel Gone With the Wind, because nothing I can say would do this great classic justice. I will say that Linda Stephens is perhaps the best audiobook narrator I have ever had the pleasure of listening to! She is utterly fantastic.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Noel
  • Lebanon, NH, USA
  • 2010-04-27

Got the Accents Right

Okay, I'm not going to review the text of GWTW. It's been analyzed plenty. It's a brilliant book. 'Nuff said.

What I do want to review is the audio performance. When I saw that GWTW was available in audio format, I was dubious. I'm from the South. (Not the deep South -- Virginia). I speak with a Tidewater accent, which is different to my ear from a Georgia accent, which is different to my ear from a Charleston accent... You get the picture.

Ms. Stephens managed to get the nuances of the various accents well enough not to make me cringe. It sounds like a trivial thing, but since Mitchell, herself, made a big deal of differences of dialect in the actual novel, you need to have it in the performance. I'm so glad that the narrator did not go for that Eastern Tennessee accent that is so often touted as "Generic Southern".

If you love GWTW, get it. If you've never read it, this is a good way to enjoy the book.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Orson
  • 2010-09-29

An extraordinary performance of a classic novel

Linda Stephens is simply superb in her reading of one of the great novels in American literature. Everything is crystal clear, and the attitudes of the characters and the narrative voice are powerfully suggested. The book is long, but it never FEELS long when read this well.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Christine
  • 2010-02-01

Linda Stephens is an Incredible Reader

I agree with another reviewer that this was one of the best credits I've ever spent, largely due to the excellent performance of the reader. Consistent and distinct characterizations were the highlight of this reading--I was actually brought to tears several times. I will listen to this audiobook over and over again, I'm sure.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Benedict
  • San Francisco, US, Canada
  • 2009-12-20

Spectacular

I was reluctant to listen to this book because I thought it would be just a boring re-do of the great movie.

However, I think this book is spectacular. I have a personal rating system like Jacob's ladder. This is a five star book above the ordinary five stars. The narration is as good as the book and is what carried me along for several days straight, to the extent I neglected important personal duties...

Besides being a great love story with admirable characters, I learned more history in this book than I thought possible for a single volume. The author captured life in the South during, before and after the Civil War.

Gone With the Wind has been compared to War and Peace. I have listened to them both, and I say War and Peace was a duty to be fulfilled, and that Gone With the Wind an exciting pleasure and a true education, if you want it.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Cricket
  • 2010-04-01

Always a Great Read; Good Dialect

Having been born an umpteenth generational Georgian, I have been a fan of GWTW since my first encounter with the movie at age fourteen. Of course I have read the novel, but wanted to add this audiobook to my collection of all things GWTW. I did however, hold my breath about hearing someone's idea of what Southeners are supposed to sound like. You would be surprised at how often it is done so tooth-grating awful a real Southener can't stand to listen, and there are some movies I just can't watch due to the butchering of our dialect. Linda Stephens not only got it right, but did a good job with the dozens of voices. Must have been quite a chore to get through the entire tome, but she did it well and never failed or sounded bored. It was a joy to listen to.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jennifer
  • Dallas, TX, United States
  • 2010-03-03

Excellent Book

I had read the book a few times and have seen the movie, so I already knew I liked the story. This narrator does a fantastic job. The book is rather racist and rather sexist (at least with some of the views of women), but consider when it was written and the period in which it was placed. If it was politically correct it likely wouldn't feel as real. It is funny that such unlikable charactors can be so very interesting. It is a shame she only wrote the one book as she is really a great author. I highly recommend the book, don't be afraid of the length, long books are great if well written, and this one is very well written. She could have tacked another 40 hours to the end of it and I wouldn't have minded at all.

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  • Snoodely
  • Santa Barbara, CA United States
  • 2012-08-17

The Template for All Future Historical Romances

Where does Gone with the Wind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top ten percent.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mammy. Hands Down. I liked her, because she showed so much love and compassion for the family for whom she worked -- generation after generation -- despite all their foibles, and despite the fact that she was, technically, a slave to them.

What does Linda Stephens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

EVERYTHING. I don't think that I would have had the patience to read "Gone with the Wind" in print. Linda Stephens not only made this romance novel tolerable, she brought it to life. I would like to listen to more audiobooks narrated by Linda Stephens.

Who was the most memorable character of Gone with the Wind and why?

Mammy, again. She held the O'Hara family together. She saw to everyone's needs, and kept everyone in line.

Any additional comments?

"Gone with the Wind" definitely deserves its classic status. Even though I generally have no interest in romance novels, I listened to this one with rapt attention almost all the way through. At the end, it degenerates a bit into bodice-ripper territory; but, otherwise, Margaret Mitchell has left us a magnificent story, well-told. I most value her presentation of the Civil War from the South's point of view. All history should be taught in this way: through stories of the people who lived it. Mitchell shows us the OTHER side of the story -- particularly the War's effects on the black people. She shows us how Emancipation was initiated too fast, how the black people -- formerly enslaved, told what to do, and (ideally) looked after by their white masters -- were suddenly thrown into society with no education and no preparation. I never would have believed it before I listened to "Gone with the Wind," but Mitchell actually describes the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in a sympathetic way. If you have seen the movie, you will probably be envisioning Clark Gable as Rhett Butler, because he epitomized the part. Scarlett O'Hara annoyed me no end; but it speaks to Mitchell's skill that she made us care about Scarlett, despite her spoiled, shallow silliness. I recommend this audiobook to just about everyone ... even if you don't like romances, and even if you don't like history.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • RELAINE
  • 2010-02-05

what a surprise

I have read the book, seen the movie many times, but this was by far the most enjoyable GWTW experience. I heard things I missed or forgot in the read and that were totally not part of the film. For any fan of Margaret Mitchell's masterpiece - the Audio version is a must do!

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