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Uncle Tom's Cabin | [Harriet Beecher Stowe]

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom is a high-minded, devoutly Christian black slave to a kind family, the Shelbys. But beset by financial difficulties, the Shelbys sell Tom to a slave trader. Young George Shelby promises to someday redeem him. The story relates Uncle Tom's trials, suffering, and religious fortitude.
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Publisher's Summary

Uncle Tom is a high-minded, devoutly Christian black slave to a kind family, the Shelbys. But beset by financial difficulties, the Shelbys sell Tom to a slave trader. Young George Shelby promises to someday redeem him. The story relates Uncle Tom's trials, suffering, and religious fortitude.

Uncle Tom's Cabin was revolutionary in 1852 for its passionate indictment of slavery and for its presentation of Tom, "a man of humanity", as the first black hero in American fiction. It became an overnight sensation and remains a shocking, controversial, and powerful work, exposing the attitudes of white 19th-century society toward slavery and documenting, in heart-rending detail, the tragic breakup of black families.

Public Domain(P)2009 Blackstone Audio

What the Critics Say

"Uncle Tom's Cabin is the most powerful and enduring work of art ever written about American slavery." (Alfred Kazin, American writer and award-winning literary critic)
"One of the greatest productions of the human mind." (Tolstoy)

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    Sam Motes Tampa 11-07-13
    Sam Motes Tampa 11-07-13 Member Since 2011

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "The beginning of the end of slavery"

    A very moving story about the brutality of slavery that is credited with leading to the Civil War and emancipation. I struggled with the character of Uncle Tom though. I can see Uncle Tom symbolizing the failing to stand up to oppressors that he has come to be known for, but I also see a man of faith holding on to his pious beliefs struggling to live an honorable life. The author's impassioned call for action in the final chapter for the dismantling of the institution of slavery definitely foretold the pending tide of change that lead to the Civil War.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa United States 03-12-12
    Teresa United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Uncle Tom's Cabin"

    Personally, I enjoyed this book. The story is a touching one. The narrator performed reasonably well. Did a pretty good job distinguishing his voice for the various characters in this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Pasadena, MD, United States 12-23-11
    Michelle Pasadena, MD, United States 12-23-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Absolutely riveting story! Narration was amazing!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Uncle Tom's Cabin?

    When George Harris and his wife were reunited with their family.


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

    I am speechless. Mirron makes me feel like I am there in the story.


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

    If I could have, yes!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nelson Mostow Cleveland ohio 05-16-10
    Nelson Mostow Cleveland ohio 05-16-10 Member Since 2007
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    "A Forgotton Classic that shoud be read"

    Uncle Tom's Cabin is a very important part of the American literary Experience. It was written shortly before the Civil War, and had an influence on the collective conscience which was an important part of the war. The story is powerfully written and it is easy to see why and how it influenced people when it first came out. In some ways it is overly religious and treats the African Americans of the story in an overly simplistic way, but nevertheless is a powerful indictment of the evils of slavery.

    I recommend it highly. It should be read by everyone of college age or beyond. The only reason it shouldn't be read by high school students is that it is so long.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer DALTON, GEORGIA, United States 07-03-13
    Amazon Customer DALTON, GEORGIA, United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2009
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    "I finally 'read' Uncle Tom's Cabin."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I think everyone should read it in order to get a accurate account of slavery, not some sugar coated version.


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

    Gone with the Wind, it should be compared to it to clarify the stark differences.


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

    No.


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

    It made me cry and made me hurt for all those who lived under the whip of slavery.


    Any additional comments?

    As I said, it is a must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shoeaddict Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-12-13
    Shoeaddict Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-12-13
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    "Very well written"
    If you could sum up Uncle Tom's Cabin in three words, what would they be?

    An American classic


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't narrow it down to one, but they are Uncle Tom and Eva


    Which character – as performed by Mirron Willis – was your favorite?

    St.Claire


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When George proclaim, he would not disguise his race by passing for White, and he would continue to support the cause of abolishing slavery.

    Uncle Tom's Coup de grace!


    Any additional comments?

    I can't believe I've passed by this book, dozens of times. Harriet Beecher, which I've learned played a vital role in supporting America's abolitionist against slavery, really out done herself. The dangers of writing such a novel in the 19th century, especially as a woman was quite daring. This is truly piece of art, that should be indulged by all races.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Stansbury Park, UT, United States 02-19-13
    Rick Stansbury Park, UT, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very good everyone must hear! The stemules for t"
    What did you love best about Uncle Tom's Cabin?

    The realism.


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

    Thomas Pain's Pamplets.


    What about Mirron Willis’s performance did you like?

    His drmatic voices used.


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

    Slavery reviled.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though it's old, it is a must!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Denyse Hopewell, NJ, United States 01-21-13
    Denyse Hopewell, NJ, United States 01-21-13
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    "Uncle Tom Was Not An Uncle Tom"
    If you could sum up Uncle Tom's Cabin in three words, what would they be?

    In Team of Rivals I learned what a "game changer" Uncle Tom's Cabin was for the America. The book altered public opinion in favor of abolishment of slavery. Helped Lincoln advance his agenda. So much of the writing is charming and funny, yet historically and geographically researched. I can see how few who romanicized slavery could leave this book with those views. Uncle Tom was a man of principles and faith and courage in the face of a brutal institution and economic system.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fully developed characters and humor are noteworthy.


    What about Mirron Willis’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was great. Even Stowe's preachy sections were well delivered and narrated with the right emphasis.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Tom's kind slave master died unexpectedly in a bar fight -- I felt the pain of Tom's freedom being lost in the balance. Reminded me to do today what I intend to get done. Tomorrow is not promised.


    Any additional comments?

    Uncle Tom's Cabin is an important part of American literature and American history. I'm glad I was able to listen to this book. It's been on my list for years and now I know the story first hand and the characters. Simon LeGree was evil. Tom was an Ameican hero.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Dallas, TX, United States 08-10-12
    Tracy Dallas, TX, United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "An emotional beating, but worth it"

    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.

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    Judie Gila, N.M., United States 02-16-12
    Judie Gila, N.M., United States 02-16-12
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    "Very good. Enjoyed listening."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I love the story and it was done well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eliza, as a mother I had such deep feelings for her plight.


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

    I often skim over parts when reading, but catch all of the story when listening.


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

    An American Atrocity.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Profound novel"

    Everyone should listen to this novel and take something from it. Thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking.

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