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Summary

In this anti-slavery novel by the American author Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin is centered on the character of Uncle Tom, a long-suffering black slave around whom the stories of other characters - both fellow slaves and slave owners - revolve. This emotional novel portrays the reality of slavery while also stressing that Christian love can defeat something as damaging as enslavement of fellow human beings. Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling book in the 19th century, and second best-selling following the Bible.

Public Domain (P)2010 Hudson Audio Publishing

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  • Mr Henry
  • Leeds, United Kingdom
  • 10-04-13

Good try - a heartbreaking and world-altering book

The narrator does his level best to bring the formidably large character list to life. With some (like Uncle Tom) he succeeds magnificently, giving the hero of the tale a suitably majestic and resonant timbre. With some of the other characters, he fails. But let's forgive him. This book was a world changer, helping to advance the abolitionist cause and with it, the eventual removal of that horrific stain on the American conscience, slavery.

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  • Earl
  • Greenford, United Kingdom
  • 05-06-11

The Narrater

With audio books as we know the narrater play a very big part in making a book come alive.
This book is 50/50, Sean Crisden has an unexciting voice when reading but his characters are great,
very lively.

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  • Rainbow_Sloth
  • 26-12-13

The Narrator's Performance is AMAZING!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because the narrator was able to bring the book to life beautifully.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed how Harriet Beecher Stowe showed a different side of slavery up-close and personally. She was able to allow the reader to connect with the characters and really get to know them on a deeper level.

What about Sean Crisden’s performance did you like?

Sean did an amazing job! He had a different voice for every character, which made it easy to tell who was speaking. The voices he was able to do were simply wonderful - he brought each and every character alive. The way he allowed each character to speak showed so much more depth about their personalities.

If you could take any character from Uncle Tom's Cabin out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Uncle Tom, because he has so many valuable and coveted positive character traits and is a truly good person. I would try to learn some life lessons from him.

Any additional comments?

I had to read this book for school, and Sean Crisden really helped me to get into the book. I'm not a huge "bookworm," so having the audio was great!

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  • Anthony
  • 21-02-12

Amazing Story...Emotionally Stirring Performance..

What did you love best about Uncle Tom's Cabin?

This performance is unlike any other others. I was amazed by how the author, through the performers, described the characters, as if you actually knew them ... I empathized with them and experienced their lives. I enjoyed the multi-voice discourse among the characters. I loved the twists and turns of the story.

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  • Lannette
  • 14-04-17

Superb! Best ever narration.

Fantastic all the way around. Can't believe this wasn't required reading in my school daze. Great story and I love the way it was written. Very glad I listened to it instead of trying to struggle through it phonetically. Definitely one to keep in the library! The narration is probably the best I've ever heard.

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  • morganfaith
  • 12-12-16

Great story!

Wow what a story! I got this because we are reading in English and I have to say I really enjoyed this! I bought the paper copy as well and I'm glad I did. I can see myself reading this for a second time. Very powerful story and you come to love the characters in it. The speaker of this audible did a very great job too with their being so many characters I knew each one by the voice. Well done!

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  • BonSue
  • 16-06-16

A "Must Read"

This classic tale, which is often credited with helping to change America's views on slavery just before the Civil War, is gripping and becomes even more powerful when, at the end of the book, the author explains that she is speaking from experience and many of the characters in the book are based on real people who lived the horrors of slavery. Also, the narrator did an excellent job, which really brings the story to life.

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  • Eric
  • 19-03-13

Good Read for an almost forgotten classic

Have you listened to any of Sean Crisden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I thought he did a decent job at the voices of the different characters. Although, at times he sounded very "white", especially after talking like one of the slaves. ... who knows, maybe that was a purposeful literary device. :-)

Any additional comments?

I didn't realize until after I started listening to the book that it was the best selling novel of the 19th century. The story is good, although at times it can meander. I can see why this book would drive home the immorality of slavery, and become unpopular in the South (and probably in the North as well).

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-18

You are never to old to learn!!!

Incredible stories and wonderful and flawless narration. I recommend it to anyone who wants to have more perspective on life.

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  • Erik TR Moore
  • 03-01-18

Incredible

I laughed, my heart broke, and i hated. Strong feelings all. They teach how terrible slavery was, but do we really understand it? A powerful book, is recommend to anyone. Sean Crisden, did a wonderful job reading this book. With a powerful and then tender voice. There was no doubt who each character was. This is my 120+ book I've listen to. This is my first, written review. Thank you to the writer and reader and to those the book is about.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-12-17

Now one of my favorite books.

A moving story beautifully told with great emotional impact. Every American should read this book.