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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Narrated by: Susie Berneis
Length: 20 hrs and 22 mins
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Summary

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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Characters leap out of this book

Excellent varied narration that brought to life the authors wonderful fully rounded characters. I listened to samples of all other recordings, chose this one and was delighted from beginning to end

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A story for our times

A passionate critique of slavery driven by religious conviction and a careful and compassionate understanding of slavery, told as a powerful human drama.

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  • KC
  • 16-01-20

Powerful, tragic story of its time

This is a story that is hard to hear but it is so important that as long as the reader is constantly aware that the extreme racism of its language, story, characterisation and even, to some extent, its style, are all ‘of the time’ in which it was written, I.e. mid 19th century America. Also reflective of the world in which this story was created, is the omnipresent idea of a God and the externalisation of good and evil. Harriet Beecher Stow tells the story via the parallel journeys of several characters, either slaves or slave owners. At times I found it challenging to remember all of the different characters and their situations and the author’s voice and summation of their characters distanced me and even jarred. Again this is a reflection of the historical nature of the text, which I do recommend.

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This was a hard listen.

An example of man's inhumanity to man. But it still carries on. God save us all.

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  • 10-07-18

Story is good, narration is amazing

The book and story is good, but I wanted to write a review just to mention that the narration of this book by Susie Berneis is by far the best I've ever heard. She does so many unique voices and accents of so many different characters, it's really incredible. Worth it for the performance alone.

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  • Josh
  • 02-04-16

Great

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.

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  • Jenny
  • 02-02-17

life changing

a beautiful story of finding freedom and the cruelties of slavery. heart wrenching truth, but need to be heard by all.

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  • James
  • 22-11-14

Classic, but not a masterpiece

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

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.

What about Susie Berneis’s performance did you like?

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.

Was Uncle Tom's Cabin worth the listening time?

I believe it was worth listening to. The accomplishment of saying the book is done overreaches the content however.

Any additional comments?

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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