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Uncle Tom's Cabin | [Harriet Beecher Stowe]

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Eliza Harris, a slave whose child is to be sold, escapes her beloved home on the Shelby plantation in Kentucky and heads North, eluding the hired slave catchers. Aided by the underground railroad, Quakers, and others opposed to the Fugitive Slave Act, Eliza, her son, and her husband George run toward Canada. As the Harrises flee to freedom, another slave, Uncle Tom, is sent "down the river" for sale. Too loyal to abuse his master's trust, too Christian to rebel, Tom wrenches himself from his family.
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Publisher's Summary

Published in 1852, Uncle Tom's Cabin brought the abolitionists' message to the public conscience - no woman before or since has so moved America to take action against an injustice. Indeed, Abraham Lincoln greeted Stowe in 1863 as "the little lady who made this big war."

Eliza Harris, a slave whose child is to be sold, escapes her beloved home on the Shelby plantation in Kentucky and heads North, eluding the hired slave catchers. Aided by the underground railroad, Quakers, and others opposed to the Fugitive Slave Act, Eliza, her son, and her husband George run toward Canada.

As the Harrises flee to freedom, another slave, Uncle Tom, is sent "down the river" for sale. Too loyal to abuse his master's trust, too Christian to rebel, Tom wrenches himself from his family. Befriending a white child, Evangeline St. Clare, Tom is purchased by her father and taken to their home in New Orleans. Although Evangeline's father finally resolves to free his slaves, his sudden death places him in the ranks of those who mean well by their slaves but never take action. Tom is sent farther downriver to Simon Legree's plantation, and the whips of Legree's overseers.

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    Courtney Clonch Los Angeles, CA, US 08-08-10
    Courtney Clonch Los Angeles, CA, US 08-08-10 Member Since 2009
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    "a classic well worth the time"

    I enjoyed this book. I don't know how historically correct it is but it is absolutely heartbreaking and entertaining at the same time. Definitely makes you think. Kept my interest the whole way through.

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    Ed Howe 09-17-14
    Ed Howe 09-17-14 Listener Since 2005
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    "A painfully inspiring faithful treasure of a book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is a must listen.

    The performance / reading of this is among the best i have enjoyed. this is a painful story but is a treasure of faithfulness and the joys of knowing that our salvation is not of this earth but is prepared for us by our loving loving savor Jesus Christ.

    Listen to this and grasp the times and and the hearts that were transformed and the resulting changes that began in our nation about this books era. I wept for the broken families and the dieing forgiveness of Toms farewell to his bondage.
    I had only heard of this novel and never read it. It is a must Read/listen for all in the USA.

    A blessing of a performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Puligny-Montrachet, France 08-10-14
    Suzanne Puligny-Montrachet, France 08-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    Where does Uncle Tom's Cabin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this is a worthwhile read that should be a part of any serious book collection. Very convincing arguement towards Christianity - very well read and presented. I was moved!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James PUEBLO, CO, United States 07-03-14
    James PUEBLO, CO, United States 07-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing"

    While social engineers are working tirelessly to remove classics like this from our schools, its stunning to go back and read this story and learn that this insult of calling someone an Uncle Tom is such a dishonest portrayal, in fact Tom should be held up for our kids as a role model for any person of any race.

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    Libby S Portland , Or 02-28-14
    Libby S Portland , Or 02-28-14
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    "A Must read, though not an easy "Read""
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Uncle Tom- no question. What a man! What faith. What endurance under unjust suffering


    What does Buck Schirner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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


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    C. Blum Queens , New York 06-11-13
    C. Blum Queens , New York 06-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Must read for everyone!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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".


    What other book might you compare Uncle Tom's Cabin to and why?

    I don't know of one


    Have you listened to any of Buck Schirner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Sacrifice and Redemption


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Roanoke, IL, United States 06-04-13
    Chris Roanoke, IL, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the BEST books I've ever Heard!"
    Would you listen to Uncle Tom's Cabin again? Why?

    Yes - just a great, clean book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, too long. But it could be because several sub-plots are happening at the same time.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deanne 03-25-13
    Deanne 03-25-13
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    "Fantastic Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin to be better than the print version?

    I enjoy the audible version because the narrator brings out the life of each character.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed learning a little bit of history by the way Harriett Beecher Stowe wrote the book using references in her time.


    Which character – as performed by Buck Schirner – was your favorite?

    Uncle Tom


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did not have an extreme reaction as I was reading and analyzing the book for an American history class.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    handicapped shopper USA 02-19-13
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    "My first audio book"
    What made the experience of listening to Uncle Tom's Cabin the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historic value was what I was interested in.


    Which character – as performed by Buck Schirner – was your favorite?

    I didn't have a favorite character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janet 02-07-13
    Janet 02-07-13
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    "History Lesson"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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