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Gone with the Wind

Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
Length: 47 hrs and 11 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (83 ratings)

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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.

©1936 Margaret Mitchell Estate (P)2020 Audio Connoisseur

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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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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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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Gone with the wind

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

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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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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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Brilliant

I loved it! I loved the story, characters and narration. Highly recommend. Five stars all round.

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Wow! Absolutely brilliant

So sad to have finished this! Been an amazing experience. Great story and characters. Fascinating historical background. Beautifully read - can’t fault the narration. I will always remember my time listening to this. Every one of the 50 hours was a pleasure and I was gripped until the final 5 minutes. I watched film and read book years ago but this was even better. Best audio book I’ve listened to.

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It’s like running a marathon,...

Delighted when it’s done, having taken in some wonderful scenery but exhausted and in need of a rest. Charlton Griffin absolutely brings all the characters alive in his skilful narration. It’s a classic I’m glad I’ve listened to. I enjoyed it and was pleasantly surprised to learn what a decent guy Rhett is when all I knew was ‘my dear, I don’t give a damn!!’

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Superb 47 hours of listening

This was one of the best performances from Audible I have had. The reading greatly enhanced the interpretation of this novel for me . I had read the novel and seen the film many decades ago but was able to enjoy new insights and relevance to a contemporary world. I felt bereft when the novel ended. I am sure Margaret Mitchell would have approved of this enhancement of the novel. Congratulations and thanks to all involved in

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Excellent audio

I’ve not read the book in 20 years and would never find the time now so listening to the story has brought it all back. You get used to the different voices very quickly and I would absolutely recommend this audio

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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 .