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Gone with the Wind

Written by: Margaret Mitchell
Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
Length: 47 hrs and 11 mins
4.9 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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exceptional story and narration

a beautiful and melancholic story , symbolic of the people and cause . very touching and entertaining even though it runs on and on

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amazing story

such a splendid story, narrator made it so easy to read along. thankyou so much!

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More than perfect narration

Was waiting for this timeless classic. Listening to this over and over again. Story telling at its best. Thankyou Audible!

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  • Holly C. Porter
  • 20-06-20

What a tragic story and life.

The reader of this novel was not enjoyable to listen to. He made the womens' voices sound horrible and ignorant. What an awful story of love and loss. It is rare for one growing up in a ranching community in Montana to grasp the need and reliance the southern farmers had for slaves. I have always wondered why they couldn't do the work themselves as us Northern farmer/ranchers do. However, after reading Gone With the Wind, I do have a better for understanding for the plantation owners.

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  • Victor Bellino
  • 14-05-20

Amazing book and the best narrator ever!

This is a great book and Charlton Griffin is the perfect narrator. He brings the characters to life in a way that is unimaginable. He completely immerses you in this world and his narration make me cherish this book. Thank you Mr. Griffin.

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  • HKJ
  • 24-02-20

Hated for the Book to End

I was truly sad for this book to end and 47 hours was taunting to think of listening!!!!!I have to admit I was skeptical at first of hearing any other voice but Clark Gable but Charlton Griffin did a beauty job with all characters. He brought new life to my very favorite movie and book.. Thank you!!

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  • Brenda Pilot
  • 17-08-20

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one of my very favorite reads. it is so much better than the movie. thankd

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  • Matthew Hendricks
  • 05-07-20

Classic

I loved this story. Much to be learned from Scarlet and Rhett. This is a story you can read over and over.

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  • DesmoProfundis
  • 22-06-20

Excellent narration

Only a brief word for the book itself. Although it is a classic, I was surprised to have liked it so much. I read it only because I thought that, to be well read this was a must read. However I enjoyed it very much. As to the narration, it was fantastic. All the characters were done superbly.

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  • Shop4Ever
  • 22-06-20

Amazing!

I absolutely love his voice! It’s so controlled (I think I’m using that correctly?) and the voices he used for the characters were consistent and after a bit I was able to tell who was who before it was even mentioned in the story.

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  • squirrel1
  • 02-02-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-20

Gone with the wind

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

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  • Julie P
  • 11-01-20

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.
  • 14-01-20

Gone with the wind

Beautifully read once I had become used to the voices Enjoyed it very much. Not disappointed.

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  • Mrs Barbara Moffatt
  • 02-04-20

Dreadful narration

This is a favourite book and I was thrilled when it became available on audible. However, after 40 minutes I could bear it no longer. The narration is appalling. It is my belief that it should be read by a female who is able to produce a competent southern American accent. The artificial falsetto voice used my this narrator is extremely irritating and the rest of his narration ponderous. I rarely return a book but I will be doing so with this travesty.

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  • Charlotte Vertigen
  • 17-01-20

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 😉

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  • Lucy
  • 15-04-20

Loved it

Long read but so worth it, I listened to it while I went on walks, cleaned, organised. The story is incredible.

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  • Tillymint
  • 31-08-20

Gone with the wind

Thoroughly enjoyed this audible book, I had read it quite a long time ago, but had forgotten most of the story. Must admit that I kept thinking that Scarlet was not a very nice sort of person, who got her comeuppance in the end!

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  • Cane
  • 18-08-20

A true classic masterpiece

Absolutely loved it. A true classic masterpiece. The movie is great too but as always the book is at another level.

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  • Cybele
  • 04-08-20

Very uncomfortable but gripping historical novel

Epic tale written by Margaret Mitchell in 1930s cinematic fashion set against the backcloth of the American Civil war and the resulting social, political, cultural and economic upheaval to America's Southern states. Narrated stoically and skilfully by Charlton Griffin. Outdated racial attitudes and vocabulary make for an angst laden and deeply uncomfortable listening experience - but the history of slavery and racial division in America is deeply troubling and the eighty year old book itself is a snapshot from another time. The storyline is a ripping and dazzling yarn that seems to ooze awareness of it's Hollywood screen potential - displaying a glamour akin to Daphne du Maurier's novels. The novel pre-dated the film by three years. At 63 chapters I wondered at how the scriptwriters managed to condense the plot into a four hour film - I have yet to watch this and judge for myself. I listened with bated breath to eventually hear the famous line 'My dear I don't give a damn' and to discover its context. Paradoxically its literary style was superficial and repetitive yet deeply descriptive and at times insightful. I found it overall to be very thought provoking both on an historical level and in terms of the interaction and complexity of the characters.

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  • BD
  • 07-07-20

Still a great story

Loved it although the racist language jarred a bit Shows how far we have come that it would be censored now

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  • Christine trinder
  • 21-06-20

Excellent.

I saw the film when it was released for a second time and loved it. The book is wonderful, and the narration excellent Although political incorrect at this time, it has a truth about the era it was about, and is also a great love story

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  • Pauline H
  • 20-07-20

Epic!

Brilliant story masterfully told! Such well constructed characters and descriptions. An unputdownable book from start to finish!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-05-20

Fabulous story

From minute one to the very end this book is captivating. Very well read and brings the characters to life. So glad I finally got to hear this story as it was written highly recommend it