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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Narrated by: Mirron Willis
Length: 22 hrs
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Summary

Uncle Tom is a high-minded, devoutly Christian black slave to a kind family, the Shelbys. But beset by financial difficulties, the Shelbys sell Tom to a slave trader. Young George Shelby promises to someday redeem him. The story relates Uncle Tom's trials, suffering, and religious fortitude.

Uncle Tom's Cabin was revolutionary in 1852 for its passionate indictment of slavery and for its presentation of Tom, "a man of humanity", as the first black hero in American fiction. It became an overnight sensation and remains a shocking, controversial, and powerful work, exposing the attitudes of white 19th-century society toward slavery and documenting, in heart-rending detail, the tragic breakup of black families.

Public Domain (P)2009 Blackstone Audio

Critic reviews

" Uncle Tom's Cabin is the most powerful and enduring work of art ever written about American slavery." (Alfred Kazin, American writer and award-winning literary critic)
"One of the greatest productions of the human mind." (Tolstoy)

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  • Melanie
  • Southampton, United Kingdom
  • 10-05-11

Profound novel

Everyone should listen to this novel and take something from it. Thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking.

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  • Teresa
  • 12-03-12

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Personally, I enjoyed this book. The story is a touching one. The narrator performed reasonably well. Did a pretty good job distinguishing his voice for the various characters in this book.

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  • Sam Motes
  • 07-11-13

The beginning of the end of slavery

A very moving story about the brutality of slavery that is credited with leading to the Civil War and emancipation. I struggled with the character of Uncle Tom though. I can see Uncle Tom symbolizing the failing to stand up to oppressors that he has come to be known for, but I also see a man of faith holding on to his pious beliefs struggling to live an honorable life. The author's impassioned call for action in the final chapter for the dismantling of the institution of slavery definitely foretold the pending tide of change that lead to the Civil War.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-07-13

I finally 'read' Uncle Tom's Cabin.

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

Yes, I think everyone should read it in order to get a accurate account of slavery, not some sugar coated version.

What other book might you compare Uncle Tom's Cabin to and why?

Gone with the Wind, it should be compared to it to clarify the stark differences.

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

No.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me cry and made me hurt for all those who lived under the whip of slavery.

Any additional comments?

As I said, it is a must read.

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  • Michelle
  • 23-12-11

Absolutely riveting story! Narration was amazing!

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

When George Harris and his wife were reunited with their family.

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

I am speechless. Mirron makes me feel like I am there in the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I could have, yes!

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  • Nelson Mostow
  • 16-05-10

A Forgotton Classic that shoud be read

Uncle Tom's Cabin is a very important part of the American literary Experience. It was written shortly before the Civil War, and had an influence on the collective conscience which was an important part of the war. The story is powerfully written and it is easy to see why and how it influenced people when it first came out. In some ways it is overly religious and treats the African Americans of the story in an overly simplistic way, but nevertheless is a powerful indictment of the evils of slavery.

I recommend it highly. It should be read by everyone of college age or beyond. The only reason it shouldn't be read by high school students is that it is so long.

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  • John Blackwell
  • 09-06-19

A look into Humanity

Great !!! A deep dive into the heart of man of the 1850 and the 21st century

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  • Jason W. Fuchs
  • 09-05-19

Wow

Finally read this book and love it.

It's so beautiful and wonderful and heartbreaking and heartwarming all of the same time.

I was definitely brought to tears a number of times.
Everyone should read this.

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  • Roxanne
  • 14-02-19

oldie but goodie

what an amazing story well written to capture the events of the time. felt I was a part of the family

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-01-19

YO!

I have never been so connected to my history. I have never been so emotionally exposed to the goings-on of yesterday. I highly recommend you binge this book.

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  • Eric Wessels
  • 08-01-19

An excellent story that we can still learn from.

What can I say here that thousands of people haven't said before. This is a great story that people of all stripes can learn from. Regardless of your religion, politics, race, or color, this story should open up a wealth of knowledge and insight.