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Publisher's Summary

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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Critic Reviews

"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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  • Todd
  • Abiington, PA, USA
  • 03-13-09

Wonderful

This is a powerful, moving beautiful book that made a great impact on American history. The narrator does a beautiful job. Highly recommended!

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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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.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Lazaro
  • cutler bay, FL, United States
  • 05-06-12

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.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Steven
  • Timonium, MD, USA
  • 07-12-10

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.

25 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 09-16-09

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.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Wendy
  • Middleville, MI, United States
  • 04-02-11

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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Debra
  • Twin Bridges, MT, United States
  • 02-05-10

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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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A Masterpiece

It took decades for me to finally tackle this book, because I always expected a sub-par literary experience. But it is a masterpiece -- written with wit and humanity, fully alive characters, and a gripping story. Yes, it is a melodrama (very popular in the 19th century), and the Christian theme is heavy-handed in parts, which is why it's considered more of a period piece than real literature. Richard Allen's reading is extraordinary and heightened the enjoyment of listening immeasurably. Now I know that Uncle Tom was not a pathetic bow-and-scrape type of man, but a saint-like and heroic character.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Not what I expected and glad of it

I had expected a story filled with the horrors of slavery. It had its share of heart breaking moments. However, I found it to be more of a Christian testimony of how the life of one faithful man could change so many. Amazing and spiritually uplifting.
I had tried to read this before but was unable to enjoy it due to the way the characters' spoken words were written. Mr. Allen did an amazing job bringing this book to life. I hated to turn it off. I highly recommend.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • Balch Springs, TX, United States
  • 11-19-09

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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  • FEAA
  • 04-04-16

Fantastic narration

I have wanted to read this book since reading Sue Monk Kidd's 'The invention of wings' about two sisters who were abolitionists. The first version I bought of this audio book was diabolical. The narration was awful. The narrator on this one , Richard Allen, however was first class. He really brought the characters to life. This book has reply affected me and was great to listen to.One of those books where you find many excuses to take a longer route, drive slower, go for long walks or ignore conversations so you can continue listening. Would highly recommend to anyone who would like to hear more personal accounts of slavery based on real life experiences.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Brian holmes
  • 08-30-17

wow. just... wow

There are no words to explain the phenomenal book here. Read it. if there is only one book you will ever read or listen to then make it this one. the narration was perfect and you could really see the charecters when each was presented. I am quite a hardy person but even I succumbed to the emotion presented within the book and within the narration that was executed with perfecion by Richard Allen. 10 out of 10 in all aspects!