First published serially in an abolitionist periodical in 1851, Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, once compiled, went on to become the best-selling novel of the 19th century, considered by many to have served as a vital force behind the anti-slavery movement and the U.S. Civil War.
Voice actor Jim Roberts strikes a balance between gravity and colloquialism in his performance of this iconic work, engaging listeners in in the tale of Tom's trials and tribulations when he's sold down the river and Stowe's scathing indictment of the slave trade.
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if you have already read this book, read it again. If you have'nt, read it twice. This is one of the most captivating books I have ever listened to.The strugles of all the characters this book have touched me deeply.
In my opinion this is a great book and the reader does a very good job but... not everyone agrees with me..so a word to the wise - Listen to the sample. ( Just click on play button below the book cover. ) The sample reading for this book is five minutes long but...the first minute of the sample is read by an unidentified female reading Hariett Beecher Stowe's introduction to the book. The actual narration of the book by Jim Roberts starts right after that and goes for four minutes. If you are thinking of getting this book, I recommend you take the few minutes needed to listen to the sample. If that's not enough to make up your mind, click on the readers name for other samples of his reading. It always amazes me that people will download a book and then take more time than it would have to listen to the sample to write a review about how they hated the narration. It's especially important to do this in books like this ( and there are quite a few ) where reviewers seem to love it or hate it.
I happen to love the book and thought the reader was very good but....you may not...
So avoid buyer's regret by listening to the sample. Then decide with your own ears and not because of what other think.
I purchased this book because I thought it was one I "ought" to read, rather than because I was dying to read it. I wound up thinking it was the best book I had read in perhaps ten years. If you missed this one in school (and you probably did if you're under 50), don't deny yourself the pleasure any longer.
Most people have heard how important this book was in galvanizing northern opinion against slavery and southern opinion against the north. Knowing only that, one might think that the book is no longer relevant. Nothing could be further from the truth. Stowe's insights into the way slavery corrupted the character of both master and slave -- and did it in countless souls for hundreds of years -- gives the modern listener an interesting perspective on race relations today. Somehow, the racial struggles of the 1950s and 1960s took on new meaning for me.
But the real surprise for me is how intrinsically Christian this book is. The religious imagery is absolutely beautiful, and the book squarely poses the issue of how faithfully the Christian churches of the 19th century interpreted their Master's teaching where slavery was concerned. Even more urgently for most of us, the book poses sharply a question that most of us must ask ourselves from time to time: If I know what I'm doing is wrong, why can't I stop?
This book is much too Christian to be read in public schools any more, and that's a shame. But read it yourself, and then read it with your kids. I know I will.
My daughter was assigned this book for English and I thought ho-hum another boring book. On the contrary, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Stowe wrote an excellent account of life during the time of slavery and I was very aborbed by her account. I was emothionally drawn into her story and characters and highly recommend this book for a good listen. It is not just a story for an English class.
It's important to have read this book because it is one of the few novels that truly has affected the world we live in. Stowe's polemic against slavery worked. It helped move a nation in the right direction vis a vis civil and human rights. The tale itself is at turns interesting and flat. Stowe's own characterizations of "the negro" drift into sterotypes so oftern that you occasionally wonder if she's truly an abolitionist. Most bothersome are the continual and repeated evangelical passages. Stowe was writing from a decidedly religious viewpoint and the book is filled with liturgical reference and prayers. It's a bit boring to wade through some of that nowadays, especially if you don't believe what she did (and she frames Christianity as being THE answer to life's woes). However, it can be understood that Stowe was writing for her Christian brethren -- they were the ones she was hoping to motivate, and she did. For that, the book is a success. This is a series of sketches tied together by the author's enthusiasm.
This is a wonderful book, but the narrator is absolutely horrible! He's stilted and completely undramatic. I agree with the other reviewer -- it's like a bad parody of William Shatner as Captain Kirk. I don't think I'm going to be able to finish the audiobook because of it.
Why did the publishers of this audiobook select a white man with a New York accent to read Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel about the antebellum South and its African-American characters? The narrator's voice is, unfortunately, uninspired and strangely out of sync with the novel itself -- which is dramatic, sentimental, and filled with rich and varied portraits of memorable characters. The reading captures none of this. *Uncle Tom's Cabin* is an astounding, provocative, and disturbing part of American culture (definitely worth reading!), here delivered by a monotonous, jarring, and poorly chosen narrator. Too bad! My advice: read the book on your own -- it's a long book but a quick read, or, select another audio-version, one by a narrator whose voice, tone, and mood match the spirit of Stowe's novel.
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The story is very interesting and I'm very glad that I "read" this book. It made such a huge impact on slavery shortly after it was published that it is really a must read. It's important to read a little bit about the author, however, so you understand where she was coming from at the time of the writing. The narrator for the audiobook, however, was not good. The voice was stilted and unimaginable. It was all I could do to take my head phones off and pick up my paper copy.
I hate to rain on everyone's parade, but this "classic" is simply unlistenable for the average modern reader. I've listened to some marvelous classics over the years, including works of Tolstoy, Chekhov, Hemingway and Proust...but Uncle Tom's Cabin is just so melodramatic and cloying, I could not go on. You can find every Victorian stereotype in this book. The conversations are laughable. In its day, this book served as a sort of Soviet-style agitprop to get people fired up against chattel slavery. Like most works of its kind, it relied heavily on the scatology of the day and probably worked best on those who already possessed a heightened sense of social responsibility and a strong altruistic drive. The Christian drivel that permeates this work is absolutely sickening, and I am NOT anti-Christian or an atheist. If what I have written makes sense to you, you'd better steer clear of this one.
There is a reason this book made history, it's captivating and touching. Those who enjoy Christian inspirational reading will also find this book very fulfilling. However, the choice of narrator is completely wrong for this story- he's a mix of a 1950's newscaster and William Shatner. Someone like Morgan Freeman would have been much better suited. Regardless, this book is a must read/listen.
"Uncle Toms Cabin"
A truly magnificent audio book. I bought the book because of my interest in the American civil war. Abraham Lincoln is alleged to have said to the Author "So you are the woman who started this war" when she was introduced to him. The author decided to write the book after it became illegal to help escaped slaves find freedom in America.
Her understanding of the horror and injustice of slavery is remarkable. She questions how can a civilised christian country and especially the southern churches support slavery.
The book is very moving and touching especially when slavery is seen through the eyes of a child.
I had known of the book for years but never read it.
The book is fast paced and had me listening till the early hours of the morning.
wow what a book. Please buy it you will not regret it
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