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First published serially in an abolitionist periodical in 1851, Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, once compiled, went on to become the best-selling novel of the 19th century, considered by many to have served as a vital force behind the anti-slavery movement and the U.S. Civil War.
Voice actor Jim Roberts strikes a balance between gravity and colloquialism in his performance of this iconic work, engaging listeners in in the tale of Tom's trials and tribulations when he's sold down the river and Stowe's scathing indictment of the slave trade.
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"So this is the little lady that made the big war." The authenticity of Lincoln's words have been questioned, but there is no question that the work fueled the passion and prejudices of countless numbers. It is a work of overwhelming power and persuasions which has outlived even the most severe critics. Notwithstanding its contribution to the abolitionist movement, the book offers a balanced treatment; there is admiration for the best of Southern gentility and the villain is a Vermonter. The dilemma posed by this book has yet to be solved. What is it to be "a moral human being"? And how can such a person survive in society? Mrs. Stowe's book is about more than just slavery.
©1989 Jimcin Recordings; Cover Design ©2004 Brian J. Killavey
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5 out of 5 stars
By Brian on 27-04-10

Uncle Toms Cabin

A truly magnificent audio book. I bought the book because of my interest in the American civil war. Abraham Lincoln is alleged to have said to the Author "So you are the woman who started this war" when she was introduced to him. The author decided to write the book after it became illegal to help escaped slaves find freedom in America.
Her understanding of the horror and injustice of slavery is remarkable. She questions how can a civilised christian country and especially the southern churches support slavery.
The book is very moving and touching especially when slavery is seen through the eyes of a child.
I had known of the book for years but never read it.
The book is fast paced and had me listening till the early hours of the morning.
wow what a book. Please buy it you will not regret it

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Mrs on 16-02-15

Difficult trawl

Really struggled to continue especially at the beginning but I'm glad I did.. Did not like narrator at all.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Willis on 21-04-07

must read

if you have already read this book, read it again. If you have'nt, read it twice. This is one of the most captivating books I have ever listened to.The strugles of all the characters this book have touched me deeply.

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21 of 21 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Empowerment on 20-11-08

Great book and good reading but....

In my opinion this is a great book and the reader does a very good job but... not everyone agrees with me..so a word to the wise - Listen to the sample. ( Just click on play button below the book cover. ) The sample reading for this book is five minutes long but...the first minute of the sample is read by an unidentified female reading Hariett Beecher Stowe's introduction to the book. The actual narration of the book by Jim Roberts starts right after that and goes for four minutes. If you are thinking of getting this book, I recommend you take the few minutes needed to listen to the sample. If that's not enough to make up your mind, click on the readers name for other samples of his reading. It always amazes me that people will download a book and then take more time than it would have to listen to the sample to write a review about how they hated the narration. It's especially important to do this in books like this ( and there are quite a few ) where reviewers seem to love it or hate it.
I happen to love the book and thought the reader was very good but....you may not...
So avoid buyer's regret by listening to the sample. Then decide with your own ears and not because of what other think.

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20 of 20 people found this review helpful

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