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.
I'm always a bit let down when one of my audiobooks ends, but after this one was over I had to just savor it for a few days. Like a great meal I didn't want anything to take away the taste and enjoyment I got from this wonderful book. The narrators voices were like music. I cannot recommend this more highly. A truly beautiful and often funny book.
While I greatly enjoyed this book and found it an interesting reminder of conditions in our country not so long ago, I thought that the readers on this recording made it particularly outstanding. The variety of voices and the acting made this feel almost like watching a very engrossing theater performance. It was hard to stop listening!
I absolutely loved this book! Without listening to the author's interview at the end, I could sense that the narrative drew from somewhere in her pesonal life. While Minnie was my hand's down favorite, all three main characters were very well developed. The readers were perfect for their characters, especially Minnie's reader. I must say, I was really itching for Hilly to get her due in the end!
Without doubt the best book I have ever listened to. As a child of the 50's whose parents employed a black maid whose love and guidance shaped my life, I was overwhelmed with emotion. The readers brought the characters to life and you are mesmerized by their theatrical skill. I literally could not stop listening. It went with me when I drove, when I worked out, when I ate and when I went to sleep. My wife is now addicted to it. Thank all you for an unforgettable performance and to you Kathyrn Stockett for what will become an American classic.