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.
"It is a compelling adventure story with richly drawn stories & has earned a place in both literary & American history. " (Barnes & Noble)
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.
This is a powerful, moving beautiful book that made a great impact on American history. The narrator does a beautiful job. Highly recommended!
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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.
"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.
"Good novel; excellent narration; a bit preachy"
Uncle Tom's Cabin was a better novel than I expected; some of the characters--like Augustine and Opehlia, are quite interesting, and the prose is decent. Eventually, though, the unabashed moral intent of the book starts to make it repetitious and predictable. In general, the first half is better than the second half. Surprisingly, there are no especially graphic depictions of physical brutality; but there are painful scenes of separation and helplessness. The narration is excellent, especially regarding the different voices.
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.
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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