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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
By: (1811-1896)

Uncle Tom’s Cabin is one of the most controversial novels of the last century, with it’s sentimental portrayal of the anti-slavery movement in the USA. Written in 1852, the novel instantly rose to fame and split Americans up and down the country. Stowe was a passionate abolitionist and was inspired to write Uncle Tom when she spent time in Cincinnati in the early part of the 18th century. She met many slaves who had escaped from Kentucky and was touched by the friendships she built. It was with this sentiment that the novel was born and the deep empathy Stowe had for slaves is evident throughout.

As you would expect, the book was hugely provocative with pro-slavery supporters outraged by the negative portrayal of masters within the slave trade. It was said to be so incendiary that Abraham Lincoln claimed Stowe to be "the little lady who started this great war". It is not clear if that quote is genuine but the hype Stowe created both before and after the civil war is definitely real. The novel follows the story of long suffering slave Tom and mother and son duo Eliza and Harry. Whilst Tom is sold down the river by his master, Eliza and her son manage to escape the clutches of slavery.

There is no doubt in the genuineness of Howe’s wish to uncover the slave trade for all of its sins. Pleasingly the book ends with an optimistic outlook, one that shook the government at the time and one sure to shake you.


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 42 reviews)

Reviewer: - March 10, 2016
Subject: Worthy of its timeless literature.
Great book, an inspiring talented woman for her time.
Reviewer: - October 20, 2015
Subject: Review
I have listened to numerous loyalbooks recordings and this by far is the best. The narrator does a fantastic job of speaking for each character, bringing the story to life. Great book!
Reviewer: - October 5, 2015
Subject: author
"There is no doubt of the genuineness of Howe's ...."
Reviewer: - September 10, 2015
Subject: Great
I agree it was a tear jerker! Should be read by everyone.
Reviewer: - September 2, 2015
Subject: Heart-wrenching read
This was more than a tear jerker! I found it enlightening and encouraging. It brought me back to the place of hopeful selflessness of when I first received the Holy Ghost. I do believe I am touched on such a deep level that I may never be the same!
Reviewer: - August 5, 2015
Subject: Wonderfully Good
I recommend everyone to read this book. Should of been required in High School! I found it by accident and so glad I did. It tells the story of times past that history books don't show us. Will come back to listen to it again in the future!
Reviewer: - February 20, 2015
Subject: Glorious
Last half of the book was deeply moving in a spiritual sense as the hope of heaven overcomes the wickedness of man's plight on this earth. The entire work is an interesting analysis of attitudes of the time regarding blacks and whites, masters and servants which also prompts interesting comparison to the employer/employee relationship of today.
Reviewer: - May 30, 2014
Subject: Amazing book
Absolutely great book and great reader.
Reviewer: - April 30, 2014
Subject: Narrator
Completely Superb! Narrator was absolutely enthralling as he read this story that will move your heart!
Reviewer: - April 20, 2014
Subject: Terrific work
Very good book (except the last chapter, after the story ended, got very preachy). Easy to listen to, great narration.
Reviewer: - March 18, 2014
Subject: Reviewer
Wonderful 2 listen to - so fluently & beautifully read.
Reviewer: - March 9, 2014
Subject: Reviewer
Incredible story. Everyone should read it. Thank you to the reader who did an amazing job bringing the characters to life. My daughter often asked me to stop reading and play the audio. Fantastic!
Reviewer: - March 5, 2014
Subject: Reviewer
Wonderful 2 listen to - so fluently & beautifully read.
Reviewer: - February 10, 2014
Subject: A Must
This is a beautifully written book of not so good times and could not have been narrated better. He so captivated the times was a joy to listen too.
Reviewer: - February 10, 2014
Subject: Wonderful
A wonderfully written book on a very important subject but was so beautifully read by the narrator. He captured it all so beautifully.
Reviewer: - November 15, 2013
Subject: Reviewer
This book was great I thought the realness of it was amazing and it was something that I really enjoyed!!!!
Reviewer: - November 7, 2013
The reader is very talented, though I do wish they would censor the use of the n-word.
Reviewer: - October 30, 2013
Subject: Excellent
Fantastic and enlightening book. Well written and brilliantly read.
Reviewer: - October 28, 2013
Subject: Supebe!
The reader is wonderful, and the story so touching I needed more than one handkerchief. Thanks!
October 28, 2013
What a "GREAT" narration of this book by the reader! Thank you so much for bringing the book to life.
Reviewer: - September 30, 2013
A most remarkable book with an inspired and generous reader. Thank you
Reviewer: - September 16, 2013
A very moving story and so well read. I didn't want it to end. Well worth listening to
Reviewer: - September 12, 2013
Subject: Better than I expected!
This was a great book. The reader was superb and the author a genius. I've learned so much of our history through this book and would recommend it to anyone and everyone to read. I am glad I decided to listen to this book. I have so much respect for Harriett Beecher-Stowe and her talent as a writer.
Reviewer: - September 8, 2013
Thank-you, got me through my book!
Reviewer: - August 26, 2013
Must read, part of our history. Reader was amazing, engaging and moving. Felt like I was taken back into time.
Reviewer: - August 26, 2013
Subject: Excellent!
Incredible story and an excellent reading.
Reviewer: - August 10, 2013
Beautiful book!
Reviewer: - July 6, 2013
Subject: Review
Beautiful narration.
Reviewer: - June 3, 2013
Subject: Thought Provoking
Thought provoking book. I also recommend reading the wiki regarding this book, the author and the effect the book had both in the USA and England. I did not know it was such a significant literary "event". I thought the narrator did a good job - a 4/5 but only because sometimes she made the characters sound a little cartoonish - particularly the women and young girls.
Reviewer: - June 1, 2013
Subject: Awesome!
The reader is wonderful. Great emotions and inflection. I couldn't stop listening.
Reviewer: - May 3, 2013
Thank you to the reader...excellent job.
Reviewer: - April 19, 2013
Subject: Awesome
Best book I've ever read! WOW
Reviewer: - April 18, 2013
Subject: Awesome!
Quite possibly the best book I've ever read/listened to. The narrator was amazing and breathed life into all the characters. Being an African American, I found this book one of, if not, the best chronicle of lives of slaves. I've truly learned a lot and NOW understand the history a little better. It was interesting getting a bunch of different aspects or voices of that time. I highly recommend this. "nebber was born" Topsy (loved that wicked child) LOL
Reviewer: - April 17, 2013
My sincere thanks to the reader- you brought this complex book to life, and kept my attention on every word. Thank you again
Reviewer: - April 16, 2013
Subject: Deeply moving
Profound understanding of the emotions and convictions, good and bad, of the human condition. Excellent narration.
Reviewer: - March 25, 2013
Subject: Enjoyed it
What a good reader, my compliments.
Reviewer: - March 20, 2013
Subject: Outstanding
A pleasure to listen to this book while on my daily commute.
Reviewer: - January 25, 2013
Subject: Review
Excellent book with excellent narration. I highly recommend this book.
Reviewer: - January 2, 2013
Subject: Even more profound when read as an adult
I read an excerpt as a teen (censorship) but didn't really grasp the historical significance back then. Stowe is a true heroine for bringing to light the plight of slaves.
Reviewer: - December 26, 2012
Subject: Awesome
Absolutely awesome. I can't think of a better book.
Reviewer: - December 14, 2012
Great book. A must have in any intellectual library.
Reviewer: - November 23, 2012
Definitely a classic - so much depth.


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