First let me say the narration was excellent. The book itself is a classic and I'm sorry it took me until I was 52 to complete this book. It should be required reading in every High School and every person needs to read this book that must have rocked it's world when it was published.
Uncle Tom- no question. What a man! What faith. What endurance under unjust suffering
There is just something about his voice that is very enjoyable. He does change his voice for each character but it is subtle though you come to recognize it. He is a quality narrator and I just finished another book he narrated and it was equally as well done.
I had to stop listening for a while and several different times just because what the main characters went through and they seemed so real and you entered their suffering
Yes, this is by far one of the best novels I've ever read! Beautifully written, passionate, and moving--I would even go as far to say "life-changing".
I don't know of one
Sacrifice and Redemption
This story portrays the paradox of the evils of slavery and it's cruelty to mankind, on the one hand, while exemplifing the beauty of the gospel. Tom is the picture of what a true follower of Christ should be--obedient and faithful--what an example of a godly man! He perserves under the most adverse circumstances. This story also weaves together how the Lord always works all things together for our good--I love the way some of the characters are given their hearts desires. The theme of how the Lord is always close to the broken-hearted is also one that stuck out to me.
Yes - just a great, clean book.
No, too long. But it could be because several sub-plots are happening at the same time.
Just a great book.
I enjoy the audible version because the narrator brings out the life of each character.
I enjoyed learning a little bit of history by the way Harriett Beecher Stowe wrote the book using references in her time.
I did not have an extreme reaction as I was reading and analyzing the book for an American history class.
I feel that the audible version assisted greatly. I would love to read all my books with the assistance of audible, my only complaint was that on my laptop the program did not set up the audible in chapters. This change would make exiting and reentering the book much easier.
I always wanted to read this book, but never got to it. When I saw it on audible for free, I jumped on it. As I said, this is my first, so I don't know how it compares to others, but for me, it was great.
The historic value was what I was interested in.
I didn't have a favorite character.
For anyone who wants a history lesson inside a great story, this is one of the best books to listen to about slavery and the way that people thought back then. Great listen!
Heartless, brutal, slavery.
My favorite character is Harriet Beecher Stowe. It was a bold book to write for the time. Compare her experience to that of Salman Rushdie. Both could have suffered death for their writing. This book took slavery by the horns and dispelled the notion that slavery was somehow humane or that there were compassionate slave owners. When it comes right down to it, people were treated as property...bought...sold...torn apart...hunted and killed.
Mr. Schirner brings gravity. When a story is read to you it is difficult to skip the difficult parts. You have to listen to every brutal word. You hear the thoughts of Simon Legree and the sad part is that he was not the exception. You have to be a brutal beast to think that slavery is defensible.
If a film were made of this book, chances are it would ruin the story. A film would tart it up too much. It is a sweeping tale of the deep south certainly, but it is also a book that could be written today about some low paid workers; the "funny" thing about slavery is that people who "benefit" from it don't think it is wrong.
Revisit this book and remember that we are all in this together. If we are not all free then none of us are free.
Ghost writer of over 100 unpublished works...;).
Ostensibly, Uncle Tom's Cabin is about the power of a slave's faith in God. This faith gives Uncle Tom the strength to endure and find peace even as he his separated from everything he loves, and is physically and mentally abused.
Here we find a conundrum. Is Tom to be admired for enduring these hardships, or damned for accepting his subjugation? Is he morally obligated to break free from his bondage, or to endure a morally reprehensible situation?
Uncle Tom's Cabin doesn't answer these questions, it asks them of the listener. The journeys of other slaves are included so that the listener can easily compare alternatives to Tom's value system to that of some of his fellow slaves.
Uncle Tom's Cabin is not a light-hearted, whimsical adventure tale. So if you're looking for that I wouldn't recommend it. I really doubt anyone could enjoy it at a superficial level. However, if you're looking for something that will inspire you to re-evaluate your value system, this is a rare opportunity to do so
It can be dry at times, and it jumps around from character to character a bit, kind of like a soap opera. I think this actually makes it more interesting, and I wasn't put-off by it like some listeners. The narration was solid, if somewhat lacking in dynamics. I really appreciated that the accents weren't overdone.
A must have for those who want a challenging, rewarding book. Unfortunately, not for those who are looking for a bit of fun or entertainment only.
Yes. So much insight into our evil hearts.
So much demonstration of love for God.
His ability to capture the personality of each character.
Too many to describe.
Give this one a listen. You will be glad you did!
One of the most powerful, moving, beautiful and profound books in History. This particular audiobook has a flawless performance, which moves the listener to tears.