• Uncle Tom's Cabin

  • Life Among the Lowly
  • By: Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (2,495 ratings)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

By: Harriet Beecher Stowe
Narrated by: Mary Sarah
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Publisher's Summary

Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling novel of the 19th century and the second best-selling book of that century, following the Bible. It is credited with helping fuel the abolitionist cause in the 1850s. In 1855, three years after it was published, it was called "the most popular novel of our day." A thrilling and important piece of American literature!

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Excellent Narration

I had tried to get thru the first several chapters of Uncle Tom's Cabin on my own and trying to get the tone and demeanor of the southern vernacular was difficult and distracting for a New England native.
This narrator was so convincing in her reading that I felt like I was there as an observer.
Thanks so much for Audible.

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Wooowwwww!

I cringed, laughed, rooted for and cried throughout the book. I'm forever changed. Book was difficult to listen to most times but I'm glad I persevered.

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Great story that got lost

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I am very sorry to say, but I gave up after half of a first chapter. The story seems to be great, as all important though horrifying stories are, but for me it is just "un-listenable".

What didn’t you like about Mary Sarah’s performance?

The performance is unacceptable. Ms. Sarah reads way too fast, she "swallows" ends of the words, combines words together and her attempts to change voices and imitate accents makes listening even more confusing. I just have general impression of what happened in the fragment I've listened to, majority of it was just lost on me.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Unfortunately, in my opinion, this interpretation of Uncle Tom's Cabin is not worth even this little money it costs. It's very disappointing.

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Classic done wrong by reader

I absolutely love this classic work! It is inspiring, well written and true to its time.
I was highly disappointed with the reader and her ability to separate voices. At times I was confused with who was speaking.

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Probably still as fresh as in 1850

I think that Harriet Beecher Stowe exquisitely balanced the sensibilities between North & South. The effect was a book in which almost anybody could see the important issues of slavery from different personal perspectives. And what a wonderful example Tom is of a genuine Christian under oppression. Obviously HBS was a wonderfully devout woman herself. Narration was great!

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Un likeable Performance

The voice actor in this performance is halting and monotonous... This was very hard for me to get used to.

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Perfect

I recommend that everyone should read this accurate portrayal of the darkness that was slavery.

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tough listen. hard to believe such racism existed.

"To have faith like Uncle Tom" should be the acceptable term. Such a racist comment it has become "being an uncle Tom" that also is an unacceptable assumption. Tom wasn't bowing to the white man, he was putting his faith in the Lord Jesus and his perfect teachings. Tom was the perfect example of a disciple to Jesus. I will try to live like Uncle Tom. It should be WWUTD.

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Truly a great book

This book should be compulsory reading in all schools. The subject of slavery in America is glossed over all too quickly in our schools and leaves the descendants of slaves with the psychological stigma of coming from a people that were seen and treated as lesser beings, and it leaves the descendants of slave owners and those that lived under and made their way in this country on a system built on the blood and backs of an enslaved people with a knowledge that those decedents of slaves were considered less than themselves and that germ of thought is always in their psyche when they deal with black Americans. This book shows the humanity and dignity of the enslaved African and teaches their descendants that they come from a noble and resilient people, and for them to hold their heads up high and be not ashamed because they come from survivors and warriors who could not be broken or held down for long.

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An eye opener

Where does Uncle Tom's Cabin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the most interesting and real to life stories, I have read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Uncle Tom . He was a good example of a true Christian.

Which character – as performed by Mary Sarah – was your favorite?

I liked Amilia , Eva and her father













Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes when mothers were being sold separately, and the way Uncle Tom dies.

Any additional comments?

This story really opened my eyes to a lot of the true factual things that went on doing slavery. I can see why it has taken the blacks so long to forgive. They should not be reminded by such stories as this. I believe there were enough saved ones that prayed for deliverance and that is why God raised up Abraham Lincoln ,in answer to there prayers. After listening to this book, I am sure of it. I am really saddened at the way they were treated like animals. All for money and prosperity. I am also moved at the honesty and goodness of some of those slave owners. At the way their slaves were part of the family and loved, and were treated as precious and valuable souls.

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  • Bookthrower
  • 02-22-14

Brilliant story, poor narration

Would you try another book written by Harriet Beecher Stowe or narrated by Mary Sarah?

I'd read another book by the author, but will definitely avoid this narrator in future.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Uncle Tom's Cabin?

There were many, some memorable because of the terrible tragedy of them,others for the heroism of the characters. Many of these scenes were based on true events.

How could the performance have been better?

Although the narrator has a good voice and used an appropriate accent, the performance was jerky, the expression often didn't match the meaning, and many words were mispronounced.I got the impression that the narrator had not practised before she made the recording.

Did Uncle Tom's Cabin inspire you to do anything?

It brought home to me the horrors of slavery, and it also helped me understand some of the complicated reasons why this abuse of human beings persisted and was so difficult to end.It inspires me to think about what abuses still continue today, to which I may be turning a blind eye and which I may feel more comfortable to leave unchallenged, in the way that many basically good people allowed slavery to continue unchallenged.

Any additional comments?

The author must have been courageous to write this famous book, and I understand it had a profound effect on the history of the United States.The narration unfortunately does not do it justice.

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  • FEAA
  • 03-26-16

terrible narration, beyond bad

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Ive wanted to get this book for ages but the narration is terrible. I will buy the book instead.

How could the performance have been better?

change the narrator

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  • Paul
  • 09-30-15

Just the best book ever written ...

The story is one of the best, really enjoyed it. I would recommend it to anyone

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  • CG
  • 01-29-18

amazing book!

This should be on everyone's reading list. Narration perfectly suited to era and subject matter.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-06-17

A book everyone should listen to

There are some flaws in the narration of the initial chapters but it improved significantly after that and overall I thought it was very good.

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  • micky0
  • 12-30-15

This story will stay with me for life

Amazing touching and very very sad, I loved listening to this and wanted it to turn out different. I will listen to it again .you get a feel for the characters and a sense of what they went through. A very touching account of an awful history,I did shed a tear or too .people can be so awful

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  • Alison
  • 05-16-18

a masterpiece

a true classic. a clarion call in its day. uncle tom's cabin still speaks to our present day. the narration was outstanding. I couldn't stop listening. highly recommended.