In debt, Kentucky farmer Arthur Shelby reluctantly decides to trade two of his slaves. The two, middle-aged Uncle Tom and young Harry, are to be sold to Mr. Haley, a detestable slave trader. Eliza, Harry's mother and Mrs. Shelby's maid, overhears the details of the arraignment, warns Uncle Tom, and flees with Harry to the north. Eliza and Harry barely make it across the Ohio River before slave catchers can catch up with them. On the run, Eliza and her family seek shelter and safety. Meanwhile, Uncle Tom, who refused to run away, is separated from his family and sold down river. As novel progresses, the juxtaposed narratives highlight the harsh reality of slavery.
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I enjoyed the narration. What a sad yet triumphant novel. Triumphant for Tom, Eva, St. Clair, George, Eliza, Ophelia, Topsy, the Shelbys, all rising above the fray and looking to God for ultimate redemption.
"Classic, but not a masterpiece"
I always wanted to read this book. I chose the audible version simply due to time, and I am glad I listened and not read. Had I read the book, I would have put it down. The other reason to listen/read this book is because it, like many good books, are on the "banned book" list by those that like to control morality through bans, laws, and control.
In the end I was glad to finally check the book off.
The performance was spectacular and flawless. I was pleasantly surprised at the flow of some of the words and terms that would make most people stumble and stutter.
I believe it was worth listening to. The accomplishment of saying the book is done overreaches the content however.
The book is littered with Christianity references, which isn't offensive - despite not being a Christian - but is nonetheless a bit too much for my palate. Those that can't stand a few hours of those types of references might want to steer away.
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