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Publisher's Summary

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

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  • Linda
  • Quiet Corner of CT
  • 04-14-16

Excellent Narration

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.

30 of 30 people found this review helpful

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  • BriBri
  • in MI on my phone
  • 08-20-15

Wooowwwww!

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.

22 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Classic done wrong by reader

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.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Probably still as fresh as in 1850

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!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Great story that got lost

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

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".

What didn’t you like about Mary Sarah’s performance?

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.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Unfortunately, in my opinion, this interpretation of Uncle Tom's Cabin is not worth even this little money it costs. It's very disappointing.

21 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Un likeable Performance

The voice actor in this performance is halting and monotonous... This was very hard for me to get used to.

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Anyone interested in the Civil War must read this!

What made the experience of listening to Uncle Tom's Cabin the most enjoyable?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Uncle Tom's Cabin?

Everything, from front to back

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Perfect

I recommend that everyone should read this accurate portrayal of the darkness that was slavery.

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Epic

Even if you have read this before, listen to this story. You will be changed

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  • Mary
  • Concord, N.H., United States
  • 06-26-16

Fantastic narrative of survival and persecution

A work of art. Moving and emotional. True American masterpiece in every way,. Absolutely no one should miss out on this book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Bookthrower
  • 02-22-14

Brilliant story, poor narration

Would you try another book written by Harriet Beecher Stowe or narrated by Mary Sarah?

I'd read another book by the author, but will definitely avoid this narrator in future.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Uncle Tom's Cabin?

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.

How could the performance have been better?

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.

Did Uncle Tom's Cabin inspire you to do anything?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • FEAA
  • 03-26-16

terrible narration, beyond bad

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Ive wanted to get this book for ages but the narration is terrible. I will buy the book instead.

How could the performance have been better?

change the narrator

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • 09-30-15

Just the best book ever written ...

The story is one of the best, really enjoyed it. I would recommend it to anyone

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  • Catherine
  • 01-29-18

amazing book!

This should be on everyone's reading list. Narration perfectly suited to era and subject matter.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-06-17

A book everyone should listen to

There are some flaws in the narration of the initial chapters but it improved significantly after that and overall I thought it was very good.

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  • micky0
  • 12-30-15

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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  • Alison
  • 05-16-18

a masterpiece

a true classic. a clarion call in its day. uncle tom's cabin still speaks to our present day. the narration was outstanding. I couldn't stop listening. highly recommended.