Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Downloadable Audiobook - 2010
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The story of Tom, a slave, who is sold to a slave trader. Relates the trials & sufferings of slaves at the hands of Simon Legree, & life in the antebellum South.
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, [2010]
ISBN: 9781441715364
1441715363
Branch Call Number: EAUDIO OVERDRIVE
Additional Contributors: Willis, Mirron E. (Mirron Edward), 1965-

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andybe3619
Apr 20, 2020

I likened Uncle Tom’s Cabin to Atlas Shrugged in a twisted sort of way. Like Rand's sprawling dystopia, this story is preachy; unlike AS, whose repetition bored me increasingly with each turning page, I found UTC completely engrossing. I don't remember exactly when it happened, but at some point in this 20+ hour reading, I was consumed by the story and was up into the wee hours of the morning in a marathon session finishing the recording.

I was very surprised that the character of Uncle Tom wasn't at all what I expected from the modern usage of the term. I'm really not sure how this highly-principled character's name came to represent excessive servility.

Sounds like I should have rated it 5 stars instead of 4? Well, it was preachy, but my main reason for the downgrade is that I had access to 2 versions of the audiobook, this one and another read by Susie Berneis. I listened to the sample of this version, and simply didn't care for the narration. Susie's reading was much better for me, but it's not available at SPL.

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mrw81
Apr 26, 2016

Could be the worst book ever written. If you enjoy over-the-top preachy-ness and endless adjectives in the extreme.... this is your book. Insufferable.

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