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Publisher's Summary

Uncle Tom is a high-minded, devoutly Christian black slave to a kind family, the Shelbys. But 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 remains a shocking, controversial, and powerful work, exposing the attitudes of white 19th-century society toward slavery and documenting, in heart-rending detail, the tragic breakup of black families.
Public Domain (P)2009 Blackstone Audio
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Critic Reviews

" 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)
"One of the greatest productions of the human mind." (Tolstoy)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Teresa on 03-12-12

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Personally, I enjoyed this book. The story is a touching one. The narrator performed reasonably well. Did a pretty good job distinguishing his voice for the various characters in this book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Sam Motes on 11-07-13

The beginning of the end of slavery

A very moving story about the brutality of slavery that is credited with leading to the Civil War and emancipation. I struggled with the character of Uncle Tom though. I can see Uncle Tom symbolizing the failing to stand up to oppressors that he has come to be known for, but I also see a man of faith holding on to his pious beliefs struggling to live an honorable life. The author's impassioned call for action in the final chapter for the dismantling of the institution of slavery definitely foretold the pending tide of change that lead to the Civil War.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Melanie on 05-10-11

Profound novel

Everyone should listen to this novel and take something from it. Thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking.

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