Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling novel of the 19th century and the second best-selling book of that century, following the Bible. It is credited with helping fuel the abolitionist cause in the 1850s. In 1855, three years after it was published, it was called "the most popular novel of our day." A thrilling and important piece of American literature!
Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media
I had tried to get thru the first several chapters of Uncle Tom's Cabin on my own and trying to get the tone and demeanor of the southern vernacular was difficult and distracting for a New England native.
This narrator was so convincing in her reading that I felt like I was there as an observer.
Thanks so much for Audible.
I cringed, laughed, rooted for and cried throughout the book. I'm forever changed. Book was difficult to listen to most times but I'm glad I persevered.
I absolutely love this classic work! It is inspiring, well written and true to its time.
I was highly disappointed with the reader and her ability to separate voices. At times I was confused with who was speaking.
I think that Harriet Beecher Stowe exquisitely balanced the sensibilities between North & South. The effect was a book in which almost anybody could see the important issues of slavery from different personal perspectives. And what a wonderful example Tom is of a genuine Christian under oppression. Obviously HBS was a wonderfully devout woman herself. Narration was great!
I am very sorry to say, but I gave up after half of a first chapter. The story seems to be great, as all important though horrifying stories are, but for me it is just "un-listenable".
The performance is unacceptable. Ms. Sarah reads way too fast, she "swallows" ends of the words, combines words together and her attempts to change voices and imitate accents makes listening even more confusing. I just have general impression of what happened in the fragment I've listened to, majority of it was just lost on me.
Unfortunately, in my opinion, this interpretation of Uncle Tom's Cabin is not worth even this little money it costs. It's very disappointing.
This is a book of genius. Lincoln looks at the Author and told her that she, and her book, was the cause of the Civil War. That may be a simplification, but it played a huge role in mobilizing the society against slavery.
Everything, from front to back
This book should be compulsory reading in all schools. The subject of slavery in America is glossed over all too quickly in our schools and leaves the descendants of slaves with the psychological stigma of coming from a people that were seen and treated as lesser beings, and it leaves the descendants of slave owners and those that lived under and made their way in this country on a system built on the blood and backs of an enslaved people with a knowledge that those decedents of slaves were considered less than themselves and that germ of thought is always in their psyche when they deal with black Americans. This book shows the humanity and dignity of the enslaved African and teaches their descendants that they come from a noble and resilient people, and for them to hold their heads up high and be not ashamed because they come from survivors and warriors who could not be broken or held down for long.
"To have faith like Uncle Tom" should be the acceptable term. Such a racist comment it has become "being an uncle Tom" that also is an unacceptable assumption. Tom wasn't bowing to the white man, he was putting his faith in the Lord Jesus and his perfect teachings. Tom was the perfect example of a disciple to Jesus. I will try to live like Uncle Tom. It should be WWUTD.
"Brilliant story, poor narration"
I'd read another book by the author, but will definitely avoid this narrator in future.
There were many, some memorable because of the terrible tragedy of them,others for the heroism of the characters. Many of these scenes were based on true events.
Although the narrator has a good voice and used an appropriate accent, the performance was jerky, the expression often didn't match the meaning, and many words were mispronounced.I got the impression that the narrator had not practised before she made the recording.
It brought home to me the horrors of slavery, and it also helped me understand some of the complicated reasons why this abuse of human beings persisted and was so difficult to end.It inspires me to think about what abuses still continue today, to which I may be turning a blind eye and which I may feel more comfortable to leave unchallenged, in the way that many basically good people allowed slavery to continue unchallenged.
The author must have been courageous to write this famous book, and I understand it had a profound effect on the history of the United States.The narration unfortunately does not do it justice.
"terrible narration, beyond bad"
Ive wanted to get this book for ages but the narration is terrible. I will buy the book instead.
change the narrator
"Just the best book ever written ..."
The story is one of the best, really enjoyed it. I would recommend it to anyone
"This story will stay with me for life"
Amazing touching and very very sad, I loved listening to this and wanted it to turn out different. I will listen to it again .you get a feel for the characters and a sense of what they went through. A very touching account of an awful history,I did shed a tear or too .people can be so awful
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