Uncle Tom's Cabin

Written by:
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Narrated by:
John Greenman

Unabridged Audiobook

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Book
1019
Narrator
265
Release Date
January 2011
Duration
18 hours 10 minutes
Summary
Among the most “banned” books in the United States, Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly is a novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe which treats slavery as a central theme. Stowe was a Connecticut-born teacher at the Hartford Female Academy and an active abolitionist. The novel is believed to have had a profound effect on the North’s view of slavery. In fact, when he met Harriet Beecher Stowe, President Lincoln is said to have commented, “So you’re the little lady whose book started the Civil War.” First published on March 20, 1852, the story focuses on the tale of Uncle Tom, a long-suffering black slave, the central character around whose life the other characters—both fellow slaves and slave owners—revolve. The novel depicts the harsh reality of slavery while also showing that Christian love and faith can overcome even something as evil as enslavement of fellow human beings.
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Keith Wooodard

How can slaves owners call themselves Christian? This book reveals that some owners did have souls and therefore gave slaves their freedom. But the many didn't and actually believe they were not doing anything wrong. I guess they skipped the story about how God use Moses to free the slaves in the Bible.

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Jessie D

Great book! Touched me on a level I didn't expect. I recommend that everyone read this!

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Christine McDaniel

Beautiful, tragic and moving book.The narrator does an excellent job of character identification and expression.

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Brian Jones

This is a charming and emotional read I believe that it is the trigger that pushed the country in to civil war. I think they should both be required to read this book in school along with John Brown

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Anonymous

This narrator is AMAZING!!!❤️❤️ It is absolutely uncanny how he can do all the voices.

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Anonymous

Wish I had read this book years ago. The passion exhibited herein Is exemplary and deeply appreciated.

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Sharon S.

This should be read by s everyone!! It's unbelievable that humans could treat other humans like this!!

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Kelly R.

One of the greatest books written ever. I liked the narrator too. LOVED IT.

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Mark T

The narrator was so good that I plan on listening to him on other books. By far the best narrator I have come across on audiobooks. Great book!

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Erika Daggett

What an amazing novel! You can't help but fall in love (or hate) the characters, one of the best books I've listened to!

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Anonymous

I loved reading the book and watching the movie!!

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jihad ghandour

The narrator was excellent,Kept me listening.I give him 5 stars.

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Anonymous

I had never read this book and I really enjoyed listening to it through my headphones while walking . It was beautifully read and totally engrossing . Such an important story to be told even after these centuries have passed, and I think this book should be taught in school more. I live in Liverpool UK and this is a city that had a lot of wealth built from the slavery triangle of those past times . I would Definitely recommend this recording.

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Anonymous

Awesome! Anyone who hasn’t read Uncle Tom’s Cabin is missing out on a big part of history. This could have been written as a true story. But the author admits that she heard these tales from many different real people and has woven their truths into a novel. So, the theme is true. What happened is true. I believe it wholeheartedly. By teaching this to others we can avoid this in the future. Everyone should read it. I must say that I got it on an audio book and enjoyed listening. It was truly a powerful story. It is true that there were Christians who owned slaves. BUT, it was sometimes to the benefit of the slave. Imagine if you were a child born to a slave and had no education and no family. It would be better to be held in the house and family of Christians who would not hurt them.

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Anonymous

I'd never read this classic before, which I deeply regret. An amazing book with an enlightened perspective about the details of slavery and American history which I had never considered. We are dealing with the consequences of this abominable sin to this day. It is beautifully written, intensely engaging (of both the intellect and the emotions--we are both), and imparts truth vital to everyone. The fact that truth is NOT relative is clearly demonstrated. The narrator was fine.

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Anonymous

I was so taken aback by this book. Although it was published in 1852, the expression of language is gorgeous and so many passages ring true for our times, particularly in light of the slavery which affects so many these days, even in the UK. It brilliantly gives many sides of the slave story but Tom's strong faith brought to mind those poor souls who suffered in the Holocaust but kept their faith in their God. I found the passage when the child died particularly moving because we have lost so many skills to help those who have failing health to have a good death and yet it was so natural at that time. The whole book has gripped me and the fact it is so long has been a joy not a chore. I found the narrator excellent because he has so many voices to express and he does a really good job at that. My world will be a bit emptier when I finish the book because I don't want it to end. I would highly recommend it.

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Angie K

An absolutely fascinating classic, much better than I was expecting. The character development & societal commentary was riveting. Also, one of the best narrators I've come across in audiobooks. I'd give him 6 stars.

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Miss Cazzy Bee

Really well read book. Highlights some of the injustices of slavery in a story based on real events and transcripts.

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Anonymous

absolutely wonderful

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Cynthia Rogers

I think I read this when I was a young adolescent trying to smooth over what had happened in the past but I enjoyed his optimism and I think optimism makes everything better even when you’re in the worst conditions

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Martin V.

Quite long but an important book. A must for everyone. Puts your own issues into perspective quickly whilst taking you into the lives of some wonderful characters. Personal favorite!

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Anonymous

Loved this Book! I loved the detail in it. It also brought light to certain things I never knew went on. Best book I have encountered.

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Michelle M.

narrator is amazing

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Anonymous

Great book I highly recommended it!

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Anonymous

So glad I had the opportunity to listen to this classic, everyone really ought to if possible, and even if you read it years ago. Very engrossing story, courageous characters, and so powerfully moving and educational about the evils and horror of slavery. Really good narrator too.

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Yolanda A.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin- such a wonderful book ‼️ The narrator was excellent ‼️ Highly recommended, I laughed but mostly I cried. Such an inspirational man Uncle Tom, A true believer of our God. My heart goes out to them for all their suffering

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Almerice B.

Very emotional! Narrator did an excellent job!

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Anonymous

I read this book 55 years ago in high school I don’t recall the effects it had on me. But with killing going on in this country my heart weeps for my brothers and sisters and country.Lord have mercy on us.

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Anonymous

I’m so glad I listened to, rather than read, this book. I’m sure I was able to comprehend it better. I’m afraid the dialect might have been a barrier for me. What a shame that would have been. This has become my favorite book.

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Chukwunonso U.

I am left speechless by the perfect dramatization in this book. I cried so much reading the book; I still have tears in my eyes. The characters simply jump into life, right out of the pages of the book! I also love the narration and the narrator and I’ll like to say a big thank you to him.

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Anonymous

It kept me impressed with the narration and the way it was addressed for that time period in history

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Anonymous

Although this wonderful novel was written 166 years ago, it still has the power to captivate it's readers. The author illustrates a vivid picture of what it was like for a slave. The narrator did a wonderful job reading the latin.

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Anonymous

Voice was easy to understand and listen. Nice contrast between the characters.

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Anonymous

I enjoyed this book! The narrator does an excellent job.

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Carolyn M.

Never read the book, so, thought I would listen to it. I enjoyed it. New concept to me audio books, going blind. listening to books is most enjoyable though.

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Xilin B.

An absolutely timeless book, beautiful, poignant, and yet most powerful with love, hope and humanity..truly touching the inner deepest.

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Rick D.

Book was written well except for unclear scene changes. The reader was hard to hear during certain narration, like his mic gain wasn't turned up or he wasn't close enough to the mic.

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Steven R.

Story jumps more than I care for, the narrator was good, just on the quiet side, not easy to listen to while driving.

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Daniel K

Powerful

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Brittany H

One of the best books I have ever read. It had me in tears all through out the book. The love these characters show for Christ was amazing!!!!

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Kathleen Lewis

After viewing Ken Burn's documentary "The Abolitionists" I felt it would be valuable to read this book. Uncle Tom's Cabin has, in the past century or so, been denigrated as presenting a skewed and patronizing view of slaves and slavery. I am persuaded that the contrary is true. This book is a valuable reference for those who want to understand the immense conundrum slavery posed to the nation. Although the Author's penchant for the melodramatic may be off-putting for some, it is consistent with other popular literature of its time. The varied representations of the characters is compelling and an effective mechanism to present the deep moral and ethical dilemmas created by the slave-based economy. I enjoyed and benefitted from the story as told by a a true abolitionist in the common language of her time.

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Brian Wills

This is such an amazing book. I heard that Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe and said, "So, here's the lady that started the Civil War!" Mrs. Stowe's ability to articulately tell the story of Tom's travails pull you in to the story and won't let you go until the very end. I highly recommend this audiobook!

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glenice nickel

Well written a classic novel of -Americas biggest shame touches on the I humane treatment suffered by the negro nice reunions and sad losses

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Toms R.

Admirable piece of literature. Very detailed look at the events of the 19th century in the USA. An outstanding effort to preserve humanity in all circumstances.

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Anonymous

Absolutely spectacular

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B. K. J.

First “reading” of this heart-wrenching Classic. Ought to be required for EVERY American. But, sadly, it may now be among growing list of books “banned” by deniers of America’s shameful past. Highly Recommend. Listener grows accustomed to narrator as book progresses.

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Anonymous

Excellent book. I was reminded how great it is to live as a free man. I hate the sad lives that the characters in this book had to endure. This should be a must read in all high schools.

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Vanessa F.

Amazing. Simply amazing. I could listen to it again.

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Jamie S.

This book was instrumental in setting the stage for abolition, and virtually everyone learns the title and its author at some point in school. Sadly, few ever read it, and so they miss out on a deeply reflective and accusatory take on the failings of white American society at all levels and a bold critique of precisely what was wrong with slavery in the first place *relative to other forms of relative hardship.* Time and again, we see in this tale that it was indeed possible for a slave to have a better life than might have been possible if he or she were free, but should circumstances such as death or debt require, that slave might be instantly sold off to a life of terror and abuse. Neither loyalty nor ingenuity were rewarded as a general rule for the slave, and benevolent masters were just as much within their rights to be tyrannical if they chose, with no help whatsoever under law for slaves who were subjected even to the most horrific and illogical cruelty. But what of the northerners who look down their noses at white slaveowners? Steeped in racial superiority, many wanted the slaves freed for the sake of white society and then sent off to literally anywhere. As Augustine St Claire pointedly asks his Vermont cousin, "If we emancipate, will you educate?" History shows too clearly that the answer was "no," and that even after a devastating war was fought, little enough was done to help those who had been enslaved or even safeguard their rights where gains were won entirely on their own. "Uncle Tom's Cabin" is an incredibly readable story, engrossing and approachable, and it speaks to us as clearly today as when it was written. I recommend following it with "The Half Has Never Been Told."

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Anick C.

This is a ‘classic’ I’ve been wanting to read for a very long time. The book itself was very good (even if at times very hard to listen to). As for the narration, the narrator was good, but the ‘publicity’ at the beginning of every chapter was very distracting …

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Janis B.

Loved this reading. Very well done!

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Anonymous

It’s tragic that this book is banned in schools because of the N word..

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Anonymous

A real eye opener for me. Should be required reading in High School.

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Joi C.

Great book. Narrator states libravox is the sponsor at every chapter which at first bothered me but it was a feee title and done very well. Would recommend to a friend.

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Kayla Prowell

I like the book, it was long and hard to listen to. It was hard to follow at times, and it is a hard subject. I love that there is are very religious lessons throughout the book. The narrator did a good job

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Alice F.

The writing is so vivid and alive. The narrator does a great job accurately portraying the emotions of the characters. I walked away with more appreciation of God’s word, the Bible, and a sobering thought of what life was like as an American slave.

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Heather D.

Excellent story with lots of subplots. The saddest part is knowing that many of these conversations and character labelings are still taking place in homes today. Many abolitionists were still racists but believed that humans should not be owned or considered property of others, but also didn’t believe that blacked or dark skinned people were equal to white skinned people.

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Robert W.

Great book! Uncle Tom has become a hero of mine and I can't get him out of my head. Also, little Eva, and many others in this book are very memorable and an example of faithfully following Christ and growing in grace. Harriet Beecher Stowe was apparently a gifted, insightful, and skilled author. I'm in my late 60's and read (listened) to this for the first time. Really eye-opening. I had never been viscerally engaged and moved like this at all in reckoning about our country's Black slavery history. This narrator was really good too. I want to hear more with this narrator if possible. I also plan to read more about the experiences of Black slaves during those times.

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Anonymous

I found this book extremely moving and the narrator excellent.

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Anonymous

Well written if sentimental portrayal of slavery pre-civil war; Christian perspective; an important book for group discussion. Glad to have finally read (listened to) it.

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HT2

I had heard reference to this book my entire life but I had never read it. I was shocked to find out how much loved the story. it was a genuine page turner. The actual book is so far different than what is generally understood.

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Anonymous

Welcome to America! A world known for everything the Bible speaks about. Oh spiritual these slave owners were. l bet anyone who had lived through slavery would be able to relate to everything from this book.

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Les Baker

I read the book in 8th or 9th grade. Now, more than 50 years later, I enjoyed listening to the story. It was engaging. (Advantages of a mature mind!) Narration was very good.

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Kris T.

Great story, well told.

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Nichole Murphy

I liked the reader and the story.

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Anonymous

Hard to hear the history.

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Paula M.

a must listen or read. wonderful characters and a great story. shining the light on the abomination that is slavery. the misuse of religion to justify cruelty. the parallels that remain today as vulnerable, desperate people look for sanctuary across the world , how hard their journey is and how poor their welcome. are we in the west still benefiting from the degradation of vulnerable people in the products we use and consume. the need for heroes to continue to inspire a new generation to show us things should be and can be done better; for all.

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Anonymous

wow could not stop playing it has so much History,l laughed l smiled also l cried.

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Jeffrey B.

Amazing narration; the reader had so many voices for the different characters. The content was, though, what most surprised me. I had heard of this book all my life but never knew what a powerful social and spiritual work it was.

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Anonymous

Brilliant narration.

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Anonymous

John Greenman is fabulously talented as a narrative voice. Story excellent. Especially enjoyed the image of Tom’s Soulful struggles and assistance from his faith

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Valerie L.

Absolutely beautifully written. The narrator is extraordinary as well. A piece of history - everyone should read.

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Anonymous

Great book and even better narration. The superb narration brought the book to life.

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Jennifer M.

Incredibly moving and insightful and amazingly well written. Everyone should read this book.

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Anonymous

Incredible book that’s wonderfully written.

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Anonymous

This is such an amazing hook. I would recommend it to anyone who’s interested in the slaves. At times it’s sad other times it’s funny. All in all a great book. One other thing, the narrator is excellent

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Stan M.

I read the book several years ago and enjoyed listening to it again

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Anonymous

Beautifull

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Katrina J.

Horrible narration

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Anonymous

One of the best books I have ever read, so insightful of what happened in the slavery times. Everybody should read this book. The narration was excellent. Beyond excellent.

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Anonymous

Brilliant book great listen

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Hazelzetta A.

Great work.

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Anonymous

Very good book , narrator was excellent

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Gilvana Anjos

Apesar de ter lido críticas sobre o livro ter muitos esteriótipos, o fato de uma mulher branca escrever sobre algo que muita gente achava normal é incrível. A gente se emociona e se irrita com todas os absurdos feitos por humanos com outros humanos.

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Anonymous

It wasn't anything like people said it to be. Uncle Tom was a noble righteous man. I would have been proud to know him. I also enjoyed most of the other characters in the book. So glad I selected it, it was much better than I imagined. The narrator, John Greenman was excellent. I enjoy audio books too.

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Amy L.

I was looking for a free book on Audible and saw Uncle Tom’s Cabin. I remember it was a required reading in high school for some students. So I thought I would read it. The book was published in 1852. It has been over 150 years and we are still struggling with prejudice against black Americans. This book is relevant to the issues we are dealing with today. I enjoyed the characters’ relationships with their masters, fellow slaves and their faith in God. At times my heart broke for the inhuman treatment of people by other people. The language is very different from today’s so I would recommend listening to it instead of reading it. This book should be in the top 10 must reads of 2020!

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Anonymous

Really enjoyed, a very good listen

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Anonymous

Such an important read! Timely and emotional— an excellent portrayal of the period and the horrors of slavery. Fabulous narration and so much to be learned from this novel.

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Anonymous

Excellent narration!

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Charles P.

Powerful.

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Anonymous

I am 56 years old and somehow I never managed to read this book it’s eye opening life experiences of both good and evil things happening I’ve learned a lot and also a lot about our history in America I would gladly listen to it again the narrator really brings each character to life I can listen to him all day I enjoy his voice I will look for other audiobooks that he has narrated I’m sure I will enjoy them too

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James H.

Great book!! The narrator did an awesome job!!

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Anonymous

Excellent book that I wish EVERY American should read! It gave us a glimpse of what life was like for the slave, slave owner, the abolitionist, and the many people who fell somewhere in between in thought and politics about slavery. More than morality, this books builds to climax what freedom really is and what Christianity is at its core. This is an excellent choice of books for This specific time in history!

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Sessi O.

A book with deep deep meaning...may history not repeat itself Narrator brought the book to life...amazing

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Anonymous

What a disturbing eye opener, I knew these things happened but this book brings it to life. excellent narration

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Anonymous

I understand why this book moved a nation to an outcry of humanity and compassion. It just goes to show people what can happen when you stand for Justice. Mrs. Stowe show great restraint when writing this book, because we know the atrocities were much worse during this part of history. I still cried when she wrote with such solicitousness when good people suffered in this this book. I understand the time period still it is unsettling that this still goes on even today.

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Anonymous

An excellent read and reader. All these years have passed and still we see the problem exists. When will this be a read that reflects accurately how things used to be and how far we have come.

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Anonymous

Such a wonderful book. I couldn’t stop listening

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Patricia C.

This was such a sad book. How people could treat other human beings like that and call themselves Christian! My heart broke for all those poor people

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Anonymous

Better than expected; I’m so glad I picked this book. The narrator was wonderful with this story, too!

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Anonymous

well told

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Anonymous

I believe the narrator did a great job of bringing this controversial story to life. The dichotomy between good and evil is personified by “Eva” and “asinine Legre “. Everyone should read or “listen to this book!

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Anonymous

Excellent narrator, whose different voices added much to the story.

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Anonymous

Well done!

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Anonymous

Just a wonderful book. Very enlightening into a sad time in our history.

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Anonymous

Excellent book that tells the stories of the injustice of slavery. Highly recommend.. Narrator also is excellent. However this particular recording is defective and has a 6 minute gap starting @16h15m so I cannot give it more than 3 stars.

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James F.

wasn't very good

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Anonymous

We are all opposed in some way but these humans had to endure a lot more than most! I found this book and narration to be very enlightening to the chaos a "colored person" lived and died! Very good book to listen to!

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Nicole VanNieuwenhoven

This was a long book for me to get through as it seemed to start a little slow for me. However, the book got moving and I could really feel for the characters. I wasn't a big fan of the narrator but overall, it wasn't bad.

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