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 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.
Don't miss the Bino Phillips series by AW Gray. They are largely unknown, but as good as any ive read!
A lot has been said in praise of this book. I don't believe anyone could exaggerate how wonderful this book is.
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
This book tells an accurate and realistic story of these times in the south. Many may find it hard to believe that this all happened not so very long ago.
I lived this reality. I grew up in the south during the 50sand 60s. Our family had a black maid who helped raise me and was a favorite member of our family until her death at age 89. I so wish that she had lived to see our president sworn in.
Thank you Ms. Stockett for writing such a moving, beautiful and memorable book. This is one of my favorite books ever! I am listening again a second time already.
I really enjoyed this book! The characters are fully developed and the multiple readers brought them to life. I gobbled up this book, not being able to put down my ipod. I am eagerly awaiting Kathryn Stockett's next novel.
I hesitated when I read the subject matter for this book. I thought "mmm...nah, this sounds like soap opera material written mainly for women".
Even with the high review scores I passed over it numerous times, but still kept an eye on it.
Finally, I said to myself "Oh well...I'll buy it anyway. It's only a book, and if it's a piece of junk, I'll just stop if it becomes too boring".
Well, I'm happy to say that it fully deserves all of the accolades. Both the book and the narration are superb.
I swear, I don't think I've ever read anything that was so touching. You're either laughing your fanny off, or close to tears during the entire work.
Strangely enough, I just finished listening to "Gone With the Wind" (also a killer listen btw) and "The Help" is, I feel, on par with that classic.
I now know why this book has the highest avg. customer rating in the history of Audible.
Don't miss it.
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"Jackson ain't no special place. They's 10,000 towns just like it."
This novel chronicles the beauty and exquisitely painful stupidity of human beings in the United States regarding race. I've read and listened to hundreds (thousands?) of novels in my lifetime, from Stephen King and Terry Pratchett and Stieg Larsson and Harper Lee and Dostoevsky and Bronte and Alcott, and Homer and more. I don't know that I will ever encounter a novel as moving, triumphant, poignant, and revealing as this one again.
Amazing. Simply amazing.
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!
Don't you just love a great story well told?
There is incredible irony in white women allowing black maids to literally raise their white children, to feed, diaper then clothe those infants yet insist those maids use a family's "blacks only" bathroom (often far less comfortable than a white bathroom.) Will "Skeeter"'s maid book get printed? If so, what tragic consequences will there be for the brave maids if the book IS published and especially if the the local readers realize the book features them just changing the people's names and the town name?
This download is a are true audio treat with three narrators (possibly to avoid any jingoism accusations when poor grammar and imperfect English is spoken by some of the less educated characters.)Also it has excellent editing and direction. Expect many plot twists, ups & downs, anger, but just as often also much pure sweetness and wisdom mostly from the very wise maids who band together to tell what it is like to be the "The HELP". I rarely hand out FIVE stars and this book deserves every last one by any measure.