Thursday, April 5, 2018

Books from the Backlog #2


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the books hiding in your stacks.

If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link and link back to this post, then spend some time visiting some of the other posts.  

This week's neglected book

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Narrated by Linda Stephens
Release Date: October 1, 2009
Publisher: Recorded Books
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.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10945492-the-restorer
Why did I add Gone with the Wind to my bookshelf?

I have had a copy of Gone with the Wind sitting unread in my Audible library since November 2011.  I even purchased a copy for my Kindle in May 2013 but I haven't moved the book any closer to the top of my tbr pile.  I think that one of the reasons I keep skipping over this book is that it is really long - 49 hours and 7 minutes.  I have listened to longer books but for some reason I am intimidated by this one.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it to others?






32 comments:

  1. It has been ages since I watched the movie, audio could be fun

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    1. It has been years since I watched the movie. I have heard that the book is good but I just can't seem to bump this one up my tbr list.

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  2. I read the paperback years and years ago and I get the size of this book is quite intimidating, but if you are into this genre, I think you could find it of your liking. I'm not into audiobooks, but I can tell you it's a read that surely keeps you busy no matter the format you choose. Even the movie is quite long, but I still watch it once a year, it's kind of a Christmas tradition here :) Hope you enjoy it if/when you decide to try it!

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    1. I have heard good things about the book. I just need to find a time to listen when I have a lot of extra time on my hands.

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  3. I liked the film and I'm pretty sure I read the book many years ago but I don't remember when. I think I liked it.

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  4. I want to read this book someday, but it’s so long! I’m intimidated.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. This might be a long road trip kind of book for me.

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  5. Haven't heard of this one but I can see the allure. Can't wait to hear your thoughts about this book soon Carole :)

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    1. Oh wow...I thought everyone had heard of Gone with the Wind. I think it should be good when I finally get around to it. Thanks, Vanessa!

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  6. I think I find longer books more intimidating in audio format. I've read Gone With the Wind a couple of times, but its been a few years. I even read the sequel another author wrote, Scarlett, and I have Rhett Butler's People on my shelf as well as a prequel about a side character. Love the GWTW world. :)

    Great idea to do the backlog. I might have to do this post now and then. :)

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    1. I am glad to hear that you like this one, Sophia Rose. Thank you!

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  7. I don't think I've ever heard about this one

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    1. It's a book that has been around for a very long time. Hopefully, I can work it in someday soonish.

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  8. I've never seen the film or read the book. I hope you enjoy it when you finally listen to it :)

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    1. It has been years since I watched the movie. I kind of wonder if I would still enjoy it.

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  9. I just noticed you've made this a feature! Yay, I will join in as I have tons to choose from for a spotlight :)

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    1. I am so glad that you decided to join in, Laurie :)

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  10. oh ouch 49 hours of listening is pretty intimidating o.o but if it's well done...

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    1. It is definitely a longer book. I have listened to a book that was 58 hours so it is doable for me.

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  11. When I was 11 or 12 I read Gone with the Wind over and over until the spine cracked. LOL

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  12. I've only seen the movie because my mom made me watch it with her, it's her favorite. I laugh now because she makes all her grandchildren watch it with. I don't think I could listen to an audiobook that long, especially since I already watched the movie :)

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    1. I do wonder how much of a difference there is between the book and the movie. I think I have only seen the movie once and it was years ago so it would all be pretty new to me.

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  13. I was never really interested in the story. I have started watching the movie countless times but just can't get through it. Usually I love this genre. A 49 hour audiobook would be intimidating for me.

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    1. 49 hours is rather long but I have listened to longer.

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  14. This is such a classic, and I know people who have nothing but praise for the book, but once I have seen an adaptation, I have little interest in reading the source. I feel like I know the major plot points, and would rather read a new story. Holy cow! 49 hours!! That would take me weeks to listen to. Probably too big a commitment for me.

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    1. I have listened to some pretty long books and it is really faster than you would think. It isn't too strange for me to listen to 20 hours a week so this would take about 2 weeks or so. Someday it will happen :)

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  15. Great feature, Carole! I don't think I've ever read it, and it's been ages since I've seen the movie! 49 hours of audio is a little intimidating!

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  16. I've not read the book, but I've seen the movie so many times I can recite most of the lines. I think this would be longer than anything that I've listened to. I've listened to It (44 hours) and The Stand (47 hours), but this is still longer. I don't mind long as long as the story is good.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads & Books of My Heart

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    1. I listened to a book that was almost 58 hours before so I don't really mind long books but I have to be sure that I am ready to dedicate that many hours to a story before starting.

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