I have often passed this book by because it was so thick and I simply didn't have the time. I finally picked up the audio version to see what all the fuss was about. I couldn't put it down after that. The writing seems like it could have been done yesterday- by a very talented writer. The picture is balanced; showing that not all white people were scandrals and not all people of color were innocent in this dark chapter of American history. Beecher Stowe's clever and sarcastic comments about slavery, as the narrator, were meant to move the nation toward a resolution that it wasn't yet ready to make. The publisher claims this book sold more copies than any other book, second to the Bible, and that it moved the nation closer to the brink of civil war. I'm sure it deserves both claims.