This is a book you have to be prepared to read and committed to get through. But what a literary triumph! I've been curious about Uncle Tom's Cabin ever since high school when it was a selection in my American Literature class (I'm not sure they even have this topic anymore.) Boy am I glad I didn't pick it way back then as the story would have been totally lost on me as a teenager.
I decided to read the book once and for all as an adult after finishing another famous tome, Gone with the Wind, because I wanted a less romanticized account of slavery. In addition to presenting the gritty realities of slavery from numerous vantage points, one of the things I enjoyed about the book is how the author presented the moral conundrum that slavery presented for slave owners, regardless of how "humane" their treatment of their "property."
I enjoyed the narration but noticed other reviewers found it horrible. Being limited in my personal knowledge of regional and especially Southern accents I cannot comment on the accuracy of the dialects presented. All I know is that I felt the narrator brought the story and its characters to life, especially the tortured Cassie who I felt embodied the fearless and everlasting spirit of women everywhere.
Yes, I love the story and it was done well.
Eliza, as a mother I had such deep feelings for her plight.
I often skim over parts when reading, but catch all of the story when listening.
An American Atrocity.
Occasionally, when the reader's voice was low, I had a little trouble hearing, and had to turn the volume up, but overall, it was very good.
A wonderful story as well as an essential part of our cultural and political heritage. Think you know what an "Uncle Tom" is? Think again. An excellently and intentionally crafted novel that changed the world for the better.
The story is hte story is the story. Not sure why, but there are several versions of Ms Stowe's work; this one has trhe most awful reader I've heard reading anything... EVER!! The one with Buck S is a bit better. This is a period piece and need a reader who can authentically capture the language and tenor of the day.
If you are reading this review, you obviously know the story of "Uncle Tom's Cabin." I love the story. I find it interesting, heartbreaking and full of adventure. Unfortunately, I had to stop listening and switch to my freee Kindle copy. The narrator on this particular version is terrible. He uses acents that sound as if they are at times Irish and at times German for the same person in the same speech. THe accents he uses for the black women often sound Irish again. I'm guessing there were not a lot of black Irish immigrants at the time. When he narrates a woman's speech it is hard to hear his soft voice so volume control is an issue.
In short, a good story was almost ruined by very poor narration.
If you're debating on which version to get, this is THE one! Mirron Willis is, by far, the best narrator I've EVER heard.
'Uncle Tom's Cabin' is a story about the appropriation of human labor. The means have changed, and to some extent the locale, but we are still doing this to one another. Chapter 19, St. Clare's and Miss Ophelia's conversation contrasting slavery in the US and industrial servitude in Britain, raises issues as relevant today as they were 150 years ago.
Mirron Willis' reading is wonderful. He brings the characters to life. Stowe's story telling is vivid and the theater Willis creates is exciting.