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Uncle Tom's Cabin Audiobook

Uncle Tom's Cabin

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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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What the Critics Say

"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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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Todd
    Abiington, PA, USA
    13/03/09
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    "Wonderful"

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

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/09/09
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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.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Timonium, MD, USA
    12/07/10
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    "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.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Lazaro
    cutler bay, FL, United States
    06/05/12
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    "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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago
    16/09/09
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    "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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    Middleville, MI, United States
    02/04/11
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    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Debra
    Twin Bridges, MT, United States
    05/02/10
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    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Emrys
    Alfred, NY, United States
    24/11/13
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lynn
    Washington, DC, United States
    23/10/13
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Balch Springs, TX, United States
    19/11/09
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    "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!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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