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Uncle Tom's Cabin | [Harriet Beecher Stowe]

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin opens with a Kentucky farmer named Arthur Shelby facing the loss of his farm because of debts. Even though he and his wife, Emily Shelby, believe that they have a benevolent relationship with their slaves, Shelby decides to raise the needed funds by selling two of them - Uncle Tom, a middle-aged man with a wife and children, and Harry, the son of Emily Shelby's maid Eliza - to a slave trader.
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Uncle Tom's Cabin opens with a Kentucky farmer named Arthur Shelby facing the loss of his farm because of debts. Even though he and his wife, Emily Shelby, believe that they have a benevolent relationship with their slaves, Shelby decides to raise the needed funds by selling two of them - Uncle Tom, a middle-aged man with a wife and children, and Harry, the son of Emily Shelby's maid Eliza - to a slave trader. Emily Shelby hates the idea of doing this because she had promised her maid that her child would never be sold; Emily's son, George Shelby, hates to see Tom go because he sees the old man as his friend and mentor.

When Uncle Tom's Cabin was published in 1852, it became an international blockbuster, selling more than 300,000 copies in the United States alone in its first year. Progressive for her time, Harriet Beecher Stowe was one of the earliest writers to offer a shockingly realistic depiction of slavery. Her stirring indictment and portrait of human dignity in the most inhumane circumstances enlightened hundreds of thousands of people by revealing the human costs of slavery, which had until then been cloaked and justified by the racist misperceptions of the time.

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"It is a compelling adventure story with richly drawn stories & has earned a place in both literary & American history. " (Barnes & Noble)

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    Steven Timonium, MD, USA 07-12-10
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    "More on Richard Allen"

    This book is classic but I have to give the narrator his due. This guy really brought the story to life. He does women's voices and also sings. I felt like I was being read to by my father.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Abiington, PA, USA 03-13-09
    Todd Abiington, PA, USA 03-13-09
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    This is a powerful, moving beautiful book that made a great impact on American history. The narrator does a beautiful job. Highly recommended!

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    "A great listening experience"

    As with other classics, I first read this book as a teenager. Recently, I decided to purchase it in audiobook format for a "re-read." The story is still terrific and Richard Allen does an absolutely masterful job in the narration.

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    Michael San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago 09-16-09
    Michael San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago 09-16-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Thought Provoking"

    This book took a little getting into but once in it gripped me and made me think not only of the cruelties of slavery but of man's different personalities and his constant ability to find something to differentiate himself from his neighbour.

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    Lazaro cutler bay, FL, United States 05-06-12
    Lazaro cutler bay, FL, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2010

    My name is Laz O. I'm a firefighter. I enjoy listening to books on tape. I've been hooked since the first one. Enjoy!

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    "Wow! Wow! Wow!"

    I was hesitant to listen to this classic due to its duration, but I was sold by the excellent reviews Richard Allen, its narrator, obtained. Wow! This narrator is arguably the best I've heard, and I have listened to many books. The combination of Uncle Tom's plight, the inspiration that led to its writing, and Richard Allen's reading make this an excellent novel. You won't be disappointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Twin Bridges, MT, United States 02-05-10
    Debra Twin Bridges, MT, United States 02-05-10 Member Since 2005

    Mom, married, website designer, portfolio manager in self-imposed exile (yeah Greg Smith!!), former California native, Episcopalian.

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    "Why did I wait so long to read this book?"

    Probably for Richard Allen's narration.... When you finish Uncle Tom's Cabin, you'll understand why it's a classic. I hope our current generation will see its value and application to the petty, heartless discriminations of our society.

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    Wendy Middleville, MI, United States 04-02-11
    Wendy Middleville, MI, United States 04-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Richard Allen is Incredible!"

    The book is engaging in itself, but Richard Allen does an unbelievably great job at narration. He excellently reads male, female, young, old, white, black, and he sings!! This has been on my bucket list for a long time, and I'm so glad I picked this version to listen to.

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    Susan Balch Springs, TX, United States 11-19-09
    Susan Balch Springs, TX, United States 11-19-09 Member Since 2009
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    "historic value"

    I always have heard this book refered to sometimes with scorn and some with hailed praises i can see that those who make fun of uncle tom or berate a person for being an uncle tom have not understood the convictions of the charater or do not know the story... it was heart warming and i can see how it caused great conviction to the humanity of its time excellent!

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    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 11-24-13
    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 11-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Good novel; excellent narration; a bit preachy"

    Uncle Tom's Cabin was a better novel than I expected; some of the characters--like Augustine and Opehlia, are quite interesting, and the prose is decent. Eventually, though, the unabashed moral intent of the book starts to make it repetitious and predictable. In general, the first half is better than the second half. Surprisingly, there are no especially graphic depictions of physical brutality; but there are painful scenes of separation and helplessness. The narration is excellent, especially regarding the different voices.

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    Jerry bakersfield, CA, USA 07-26-10
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    "loved the book the lecture was very outdated"

    I absolutely loved the book and the reader. It is an acurate and solemn look into the past. I however was suprised that the last chapter was so outdated. We have a black president. I am glad these times of oppression are past. It is time to move on past the sins of others, and enjoy the current times.
    It is so sad that this last chapter was not removed as it spoils the entire feeling of the book.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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