I have been a member of Audible since 2007 and have downloaded hundreds of books and this is in the top 5. Narration is perfect, story perfect, I just wanted it to go on. I fell in love with all the characters and would love to have an update in all their lives. I couldn't put it down or stop thinking about it. Powerful!
Oh my... this is one of the absolute BEST audio books I've ever listened to. This one goes in the stack to listen to again. You see, I am FROM mid-1960's Mississippi and this story is so perfect. The use of multiple readers for the different characters was brilliant and each of them did a spectacular job with their part. It was easy to distinquish the characters and before long, you began to feel as though you were sitting in the kitchen with Minny or Aibileen, or watching the Wednesday bridge game at Elizabeth's house.
The underlying morals and racial truths depicted in this book are spot on. So is the fact that much of white Mississippi didn't understand them at the time. Skeeter's mother was so much like my own, that I often sat up straighter just listening to her.
The best part about this book aside from the story itself and the readers, is the fact that although the "truths" were not pretty, the daily lives are told with a large helping of humor. I often laughed out loud and repeated quips and saying from the book.
Overall, this is an excellent book that is just all the better when listened to. Well worth the credit! I'll be watching for more from Katheryn Stockett.
The hype is accurate and well deserved. So beautifully written and performed, I envy anyone who gets to experience this audiobook for the first time.
I read thru the reviews for both the book online and the audiobook here. I am so glad I chose to listen b/c The Help is one of the most wonderful engrossing books I have ever listened to. It has true life villans and if you're from the South you will recognize many of the women in the book from your own experience. I raced thru it b/c it was so good, now I am sad it's over. It's not very often you come across a book that you HAVE to listen to every spare second. I highly recommend this book and can't wait to see more of Stockett's work in the future. Read The Help.
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what a pleasure! witty, heartfelt and moving. The hours I spent listening to this book flew by, i didn't want it to end.
I admit I am an audible book junkie; I have been filling my substantial commute time with books for about 10 years. The Help is a standout from both the standpoint of an extremely well-developed story coupled with extraordinary narration. The multiple narrators helped round out the richness and depth of each of the characters. I felt like I was in the room with them throughout the novel.
I enjoyed the portrayal of the start of the civil rights movement from the viewpoint of a black maids in Mississippi and their unlikely white story-teller. I did not want the book to end! I felt I could sit with the characters and listen to them tell their stories for hours. Enjoy!
I enjoyed the book tremendously, the narrators were absolutely perfect, and I was miserable when the book ended. I've picked up no less than 6 bestsellers since then and can't get interested in any of them. A few times in my life I have been fortunate enough to read a book that is so special I fall in love with the characters. This is one of those books. I miss them. I want this book to continue. I wish I knew the narrator for Aibileen - I'd buy everything she narrates! And Kathryn Stockett - WOW!
This was one of the best books I have listened to this summer. The narrators did a superb with 3 different voices. It made the story real. I will listen to this book again.
This was a very entertaining "read" -- the acting for the different narrators was excellent, particularly for the Minnie character. The story itself seemed a bit naive to me, like a contemporary young woman's fantasy of what it would have been like to be the one white girl of privilege who stepped out of the mold to be an underground civil rights activist in the South of the 1960s. The central character is a young woman's ideal: bucking societal conventions by by being sympathetic to the down-trodden black underclass, not getting married right after college, and pursuing a career as a writer (all the while being courted by the incredibly handsome and wealthy son of a state senator). But the book's humor and entertainment value (full of "mysteries" that unfold as the book continues) go far to compensate for is lack of subtlety and sophistication.