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3.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 5 3.97 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe Narrator: Mirron Willis Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2009 ISBN: 9781455195886
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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. Upon meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe, Abraham Lincoln allegedly remarked, “So this is the little lady who started this new great war!” The novel 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the greatest productions of the human mind.”

    Leo Tolstoy

  • “Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin…demonstrates that one can write something that changes the world and makes it a better place. She reinforces the concept that the root of evil is the abuse of power, and it is important for all of us to remember that. It’s why people bully. It’s why they rape, torture, and murder.”

    Patricia Cornwell, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Belongs to the very short list of American books that helped create or consolidate a reform movement.”

    New York Times

  • “To expose oneself in maturity to Uncle Tom’s Cabin may…prove a startling experience.”

    Edmund Wilson, New York Times bestselling author

  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carlene Havel | 2/13/2014

    " Not the best-written book I've read, but one of those classics you just have to have on the mental bookshelf. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 2/12/2014

    " I went back and reread this after giving it to my neice who was interested in learning more about race and slavery in America. It definately made more of an impact than it did in high school. Though I remember being very moved by it then as well. It's a classic that holds up and should be read by everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camille | 2/4/2014

    " It took me way too long to read this book. H.B. Stowe is an American writer who fled to Paris when pressure over this book became so extreme. She is featured in the book "The Greater Journey" by McCullough which I highly recommend. The writing style of the time is so different than contemporary works but how timely and what a thoughtful and thorough treatment of the subject matter. Should be required reading for every American. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 2/4/2014

    " What a great book. I can't imagine the shock and horror people must have felt when they read this book in the 1800's. Hooray for Harriet Beecher Stowe! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Haley | 1/22/2014

    " This book was amazing. I wish I could sit down and have a cup of coffee with Ms. Stowe... The characters in this book are archetypal, but that didn't make them feel less real to me. I credit that to Ms. Stowe's ability to draw the reader inside the mind and body of her characters. I am ashamed to say that a few years ago I might have made an off-hand comment about slavery being over a long time ago, so there shouldn't be any racial issues in America anymore. This book makes that opinion impossible to maintain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita Williamson | 1/18/2014

    " I enjoyed it. I thought she did a great job showing all the different types of people in the south. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blake | 1/15/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. It gave me a different view on Slavery. It is all about luck. You might get it easy like Eliza and Haley. Or it might suck like it did for Tom. There were difficulties for Eliza and Haley like running from Loker and crossing the icy river, but in the end they gained their freedom. Tom on the hand is sold to St. Clare who dies. He is then forced to work in terrible conditions. Shelby tries to buy tom back, but he dies. The conditions slaves were put through were brutal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Peters | 1/7/2014

    " Fabulous story! One of those books I could read over and over... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Hayes | 11/19/2013

    " I'd heard about this book for years and I finally read it. It was very different than I expected, but I really appreciated it. It was eye opening for many reasons. It was the highest selling novel in the 19th century! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry Harmon | 9/7/2013

    " interesting perspective on slavery. never remember reading when I was younger. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beka | 9/3/2013

    " Though I read this for a class, I still enjoyed it (especially when contrasted with "The Deerslayer", my other forced read). Easy to read with some very good lessons. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Beth | 8/18/2013

    " Its historical importance can't be overstated, but I personally found it to be very tedious and unenjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saranda | 4/12/2013

    " I thought it dragged a bit but it was good. i read this book years ago for a project "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jekaterina I. | 1/16/2013

    " Simple, good book. Not too big to be hard to read, not too little so that the desired impression could be made. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Majd Hamaly | 12/26/2012

    " Makes you feel sad to know that someday on this earth such massive evil once existed , "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Conway | 9/2/2012

    " This book is worth the time to read as an adult. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 7/10/2012

    " Great book that speaks to contemporary issues. The ending felt forced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 6/2/2012

    " This was my first time reading this, and it wasn't at all what I expected. It was far more readable, despite the very heavy-handed use of religion and her unconscious racism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/18/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book and only wish I had read it sooner! I don't think a thorough review of thsi book by me will add anything new to a classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tori Stone | 12/16/2011

    " One of my favorite books of all time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 9/21/2011

    " The only book I ever read more than once! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Luke | 5/22/2011

    " This book, in my opinion, is only important as a piece of history—the first protest novel, important for helping to foment the Civil War, also an important documentation of the cruel practices of slavery, etc. As literature, it's garbage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 5/20/2011

    " I think I may have read this before...but good read none-the-less! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sumyia | 5/19/2011

    " An interesting book about the history of African Americans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 karish.soliven | 5/14/2011

    " I'm still searching for these book in bookstore. I want the old one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 5/14/2011

    " The ending is so sad but it makes you feel good about the way everything turned out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marikka | 5/12/2011

    " Once I got about 80 pages in, I got used to the language and was drawn into the story. Heartfelt and worth reading, some xxx years after it was written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/8/2011

    " This was a very good book. It was hard to read(the ebonics are hard to read for me) but I am glad that I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Silpa | 5/7/2011

    " One of the beautiful book i ever read in my life.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 5/5/2011

    " I started this book about 2.5 years ago! I keep it in my car, so I only read it when I am stuck in traffic or at a long red light. "

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About the Author
Author Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–1896) was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, the daughter of an outspoken religious leader, who raised her on devotional tales of Christian charity and brotherhood. When her father moved the family to Cincinnati, she had her first exposure to slavery and abolitionism, witnessing race riots, hearing the stories of runaway slaves, and aiding fugitive slaves from the South.

About the Narrator

Mirron Willis—actor of film, stage, and television—is the winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2012 and a finalist for the Audie in 2015, as well as the winner of four AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook recordings. He has worked extensively in film and television and on stage with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Houston Shakespeare Festival, and the Ensemble Theatre, among others. He has recorded some 150 audiobooks, including the Smokey Dalton series by Kris Nelscott and My Song by Harry Belafonte. He resides and records audiobooks on his family’s historic ranch in East Texas.