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Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
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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. (Summary by Wikipedia and John Greenman)

Note From the Reader: The listener is about to enter a world rich with diverse characters. In order to differentiate between the characters, the reader has given each, his/her own voice. As an adult male reader, however, the reader’s representation of women and children will, necessarily be less than adequate. He asks for your indulgence.

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Life among the Lowly

By Harriet Beecher Stowe



In Which the Reader Is Introduced to a Man of Humanity

Late in the afternoon of a chilly day in February, two gentlemen were sitting alone over their wine, in a well furnished dining parlor, in the town of P , in Kentucky. There were no servants present, and the gentlemen, with chairs closely approaching, seemed to be discussing some subject with great earnestness.

For convenience sake, we have said, hitherto, two gentlemen . One of the parties, however, when critically examined, did not seem, strictly speaking, to come under the species. He was a short, thick set man, with coarse, commonplace features, and that swaggering air of pretension which marks a low man who is trying to elbow his way upward in the world. He was much over dressed, in a gaudy vest of many colors, a blue neckerchief, bedropped gayly with yellow spots, and arranged with a flaunting tie, quite in keeping with the general air of the man. His hands, large and coarse, were plentifully bedecked with rings; and he wore a heavy gold watch chain, with a bundle of seals of portentous size, and a great variety of colors, attached to it, which, in the ardor of conversation, he was in the habit of flourishing and jingling with evident satisfaction... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - March 18, 2014
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Wonderful 2 listen to - so fluently & beautifully read.
Reviewer: - March 9, 2014
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Incredible story. Everyone should read it. Thank you to the reader who did an amazing job bringing the characters to life. My daughter often asked me to stop reading and play the audio. Fantastic!
Reviewer: - March 5, 2014
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Wonderful 2 listen to - so fluently & beautifully read.
Reviewer: - February 10, 2014
Subject: A Must
This is a beautifully written book of not so good times and could not have been narrated better. He so captivated the times was a joy to listen too.
Reviewer: - February 10, 2014
Subject: Wonderful
A wonderfully written book on a very important subject but was so beautifully read by the narrator. He captured it all so beautifully.
Reviewer: - November 15, 2013
Subject: Reviewer
This book was great I thought the realness of it was amazing and it was something that I really enjoyed!!!!
Reviewer: - November 7, 2013
The reader is very talented, though I do wish they would censor the use of the n-word.
Reviewer: - October 30, 2013
Subject: Excellent
Fantastic and enlightening book. Well written and brilliantly read.
Reviewer: - October 28, 2013
Subject: Supebe!
The reader is wonderful, and the story so touching I needed more than one handkerchief. Thanks!
October 28, 2013
What a "GREAT" narration of this book by the reader! Thank you so much for bringing the book to life.

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