When I bought this book I had no idea how good it was going to be or I would not have waited to enjoy it. I had listened to other books before this one, until friend after friend told me I HAD to read it. I am from the South and remember the period encompassed by the story, although I was quite a bit younger than the main characters. It was quite an accurate portrayal of Southern women (white and black) and all four of the narrators were excellent. This is one of those rare books that is better in audio than if you read it in print format. You will not be sorry if you choose this book. Enjoy!
I loved this story from beginning to end. The storytellers made me laugh and gasp and cry. Very well read by all narrators who made their characters come alive. I will definitely listen to this book again. So far, the best I've "read" yet. Congratulations to a rare work of art!
smart writing, very interesting story.
well built story that does not paint life in pink, but shows you all its aspects.
Wonderful - I listen to audile books often and have never done a review but this audio formt of this novel is (I didn't want the book end t to end); this was the most outstanding audio production I've ever listened to. The voice character were well casted. All too often, is seems as though the reader is picked off the street (men trying to do women's vices, visa versa or one voice trying to do every character - doesn't). I highly recommend this for anyone who as been so disgusted with an audio book because of the narrator - you'er in for a real treat with The Help.
The narrators bring this story alive, giving an almost physical presence to the characters. The story itself is engaging and helps the reader to feel what Jackson, MS felt like in the early 1960s. We experience the great divide between the middle class white women and the African-American maids who serve them and raise their children, the bonds of friendship and community among the maids, and the few cases where women cross the color lines and form friendships they didn't know were possible. I'm glad I listened to this rather than read it. While I'm sure I would have enjoyed the story, the narration makes it special.
I was interested in every word! I lived through this era but in NJ. I had a nanny (iwas one of 8 children) who was black after my Mom fired the Irish nanny (she wanted to marry an american). Absolutely loved this.... Thank God our world is improving/evolving. We do have alot of work to go still toward equality for all kinds of color etc. Glad to see the references toward the inequality between men and women. Of course there could be another library of books for that topic... Thankyou Ms. Stockett. When is her next book!!!
This book stands on its own as written by bringing to life the unspoken social beliefs and their consequences in the 1960's deep south. The readers add an element of realism that makes the content even more compelling. Each character both black and white drew me deeper into her goals, challenges and fears. I cheered with them at each victory. This is an absolute MUST READ!
I'd put this right up there with The Secret Life of Bees as a well written, accurate portrayal of the deep south. The English teacher at the High School is always looking for a good book to offer cultural references to the kids that are outside of their normal exposure. I think I will recommend this book to her, as it is appropriate for all ages.