The only reason I did not give this book a 5 star was because some of the characters could have used more development. A technicality you can dismiss.
My mother was raised in the south on a farm but my grandmother had "help".Her name was Cora. In my mother's family the bond was tight between Cora and her children and my mom and her siblings. My mom moved north to PA to marry and I met Cora on one of our frequent trips south when I was about 5 years old.She introduced herself to me as my "chocolate mammy". Having grown up in a small PA town she was the first black person I ever met.
Although I observed both the harsh racial discrimination in the south and the love and respect of my mothers family(they were never allowed to use the word nigger)to Cora and her family I could never explain with credibility to my northern born and raised friends the unusual love/hate relationships to blacks that existed in the south.
These Yankees all professed a strong belief in racial equality but felt very uncomfortable around blacks and did not include any in their close social circle.
This book says it all and illustrates the situation I have been trying to explain to my friends my whole life.The characters are real and I could put different names to all of them from the roster of my southern family and their friends and acquaintances.
There is no frigate like a book ~ E. Dickinson
Author Kathryn Stockett tears open a web of loves, hates, kindness, and violence and sweeps you along, breathless, from the first word to the last. I trembled and wanted to cry. I smiled and laughed out loud. I sat alone and thought about the book after I finished it. I am sure that I will listen to it again.
So listen to this book if you want to understand, in part, what life was like in Mississippi in the 1960s. The story is told from both 'sides'-- black and white. The ugly racism of the upper crust of Jackson, Mississippi is laid bare. The courage and desperation of the 'help'-- the black maids who wait on the elite-- is painted in honest, vibrant colors. Each of the three heroines will become your friends, each one a lady you wish you could call and catch up with. Most of all you will feel righteous anger at the horrors of racism, joy that things are better than they were, and a passion to continue to right the wrongs that still continue.
The cast of women who read this edition are perfect. The cadence and soothing rhythm of their performances will blow you away.
Put this one in your shopping cart. You won't regret it.
I have listened to 20-25 books through audible, and this may have been my favorite in terms of the listening experience. This is one of those books that is perhaps better in the audible format. Deciding to use multiple narrators to fit the characters was an excellent choice. The performance flew by and kept the listener entertained throughout. I would thoroughly recommend this book!
The only dissapointment here is the fact that eventually the book ended. I loved it from cover to cover and will definately listen again and again. Narration was phenomenal as well.
When I first heard about this book a few months ago, I will admit I wasn't sure I'd like it. Well, once the tournament of audio books started, I decided to at least give it a try. I'll tell you this, the characters are so believable, and the narators bring this story to life. I laughed, cried, got mad, and every other emotion in between. I started this book Monday night and just now finished it, and I've not regretted one moment I spent reading.
This book taught me so much. I'm visually impaired, and so I know what it is like to be judged on something you can't help, or to have people think that I am so different from them. I lived with that for years. What I didn't realize, and this book pointed that out to me very clearly, is that I do the same thing. I may not be racist, but I judge people. This book might've been set in the early nineteen sixties, but to me, the message in its pages is still just as important now as it was back then. Thank you Kathryn Stockett for writing such an awesome novel, and thank you audible for sharing it with us.
I listen to mysteries and thrillers primarily and normally prefer male narrators. This bood was neither and and still one of the best books I have listened to this year. Terrific story, great characters, brilliantly narrated and worth every minute I spent listening. DO NOT shy away from this book if it is not your usual genre, listen and enjoy.
I was so engrossed in the story that I don't want it to end. In addition to the book being a great read, the narrators really brought the story to life. It was almost equivalent to watching a really good movie.
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!
Many have said before me, this is my first review. I am inspired to share my thoughts as well about this book - it was riviting. As an African-American female, born and raised in the northeast, I was alternately shocked, appalled, crying, and laughing aloud as I listened. I have listened 3 times and can't get enough. It's like reading the Bible, each time I listen, I hear something new or have another thought, feel more enlightned. and this is far and away the best audiobook I have ever purchased. Every audio customer should hear this one. I hope it will be made into a movie and done as well as the audio. What an absolute delight.Congratulations Audible.com - you picked a winner.