Uncle Tom's Cabin

Version: Unabridged
Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe
Narrator: Mirron Willis
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Classics
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: January 2010
# of Units: 17 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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Overview

Uncle Tom is a high-minded, devoutly Christian black slave to a kind family, the Shelbys. 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 was hailed by Tolstoy as "one of the greatest productions of the human mind." It remains a shocking, controversial, and powerful work, exposing the attitudes of white nineteenth-century society toward slavery and documenting in heart-rending detail the tragic breakup of black families.

"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

Reviews (3)

Written by Diane McArthur on February 26th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is one of those books you say you will read one day, but never quite get around to it. Well I finally read it. Ok. listened to it. This is a highly emotional read, but worth every minute. It is tragic and unfortunately reminds us of how depraved humans can be, however, it also reminds us of how the human spirit can endure and overcome almost anything. The narrator is fantastic, and really captures the essence of the characters. You can visualize them completely, and you are drawn into the story. If you're interested in history, politics, human behaviour, life and death, then this book is for you.

Tough to read in the car

Written by Anonymous on March 30th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Reader fluctuated too much in his narration -- some words were really soft and others were really loud. Too difficult to read in the car because I was always needing to adjust the volume.

An Absolute Must Read

Written by Anonymous from Chesapeake, VA on January 13th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

There's a reason this book has been at the top of so many must-read lists. It has the same power to move today that it did when written over 160 years ago. The narrator does an exceptional job and really pulls you into the story.

Author Details

Author Details

Stowe, Harriet Beecher

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was an American abolitionist and author. Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) depicted life for African-Americans under slavery; it reached millions as a novel and play, and became influential in the U.S. and Britain and made the political issues of the 1850s regarding slavery tangible to millions.