Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.
The Help is a story based around three characters. Minny, Aibilene, the two black maids, and Miss Skeeter a college educated white woman. You get a background about each of these woman and listen as their plights bring them together to institute a project that will not only change their lives, but the lives of women in the town of Jackson Mississippi in the 1960's.
Minny (my personal favorite) is a shoot from the hip, no-nonsense black maid who is shunned by most of the white families because of a nasty rumor until she meets her new employer Cecilia Foot.
Aibilene is a middle age maid who has raised many white children in her years. She is loving and truly adores the white children she has raised.
Eugenia Phelan (Skeeter) is the white young women who is not afraid to cross the line to help these black maids who are victimized by their white women employers.
This book actually has a voice. The narrators make it come alive and you feel like you are right there. It is enchanting, delightful and a sheer pleasure to listen to.
After reading about the author Kathryn Stockett, I realized this book is loosely based on her own experiences growing up. How sad I was when it was over. I have never felt this way about a book before, I could have listened and listened. I will definitely go back to hear this one again.
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.
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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.
As an Audible Editor I listen for a living! British classics, YA novels, speculative fiction, and anything quirky, fascinating, or heart-wrenching.
I feel somewhat redundant adding on to this list of glowing reviews. There's nothing I can say that hasn't been said somewhere in this pile of 126 pages. But you also can't listen to this and just not comment. It seems rude somehow. So I'll repeat: best audiobook of all time, you will fall in love with these characters and narrators. PLEASE listen to this book!
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer and Cassandra Campbell made this book with their excellent narration of this story. I was up all night listening to this book on my Ipod after spending the day listening during my walk and housework. This was a realistic story and anyone who lived in the South in the 50's and early 60's will recognize the composites of people they knew. You will not go wrong with this book.
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.
I loved this book; the story is fantastic. It is mainly about 2 maids in the south in the 1960's, and the mood and voice really speaks. The reader gets a historical account, and a scary, yet oddly uplifting story at the same time. Narrators are great!
It's been ages since I had time to read or lsiten to a novel and ages since I've found words so captivating...poignent storyline with narrators who lend substance to its characters.
I'm a single parent, working full time and taking Anatomy, too, so I don't have time to stop; however, listening to this audio book has been an escape for me - once I started listening to it, I couldn't stop - I've listened to it in the car, at work and laying in bed at night - FABULOUS!
Can't wait until Stockett's next book!
P.S. The narrators are so wonderful - much better than the monotone narrators I've heard before - they can really affect my interest level, regardless of the plot - A+
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!
Hands down one of the best books I have ever listened to. Any audible junkie like myself knows the narrator(s)can make or brake how one enjoys a book. This gets my highest marks. The story was very well written but the narrators made this book captivating. Many of my friends are hard core book readers. I begged them to download this book just to immerse themselves in the story and feel the characters. I promise anyone who reads this review that you will NOT feel your money was wasted. I will never look at a Chocolate pie the same way again. Ok now what are you waiting for.......download it!!!!!