The story was very enjoyable and the narration kept me listening far longer than I intended. Set in the beginning of the civil rights movement, this story helped to see a bit of the everyday courage it took to live during those times. Very well written and excellently read.
This was an amazing story, and the narration helped to make this audiobook extra special. I chose it because it was rated so high amongst other audible listeners, and I am so happy I did! A+++
I definitely recommend this book. The narrators were very authentic sounding, and having so many character's voices made it much more enjoyable to listen to. I couldn't wait to hear what was going to happen next, the story was captivating. I think the author did a great job letting us into the lives of the "colored people", as well as Eugenia's perspective of a very frustrating and unfair time in history.
Hearing the different voices read the various characters was wonderful. i'm sorry my friends who would "rather read the book" missed out on the dialects and warmth of the voices.
I loved this book! It made me sad, happy and mad. I remember hearing simular stories growing up.This could have easily been non fiction.
This is what I look for in a story. I found myself checking, over and over, how much time was left in the book, not wanting it to end. I was completely involved with these characters, and didn't want them to go on in their lives without me. I really hesitated before buying this book - it seemed to be a woman's story and almost all the reviewers are women. Glad I got past that - this is one of the very best of 100's of Audible offerings I've downloaded. The Help is testament to the power of great character development. The readers are as talented as they come, and really add to the richness of the presentation.
This story of "the colored" household help in the 50's and 60's provides a perspective on segregation that I hadn't read before, which are the everyday indignities that these domestic workers suffered, even as they tended to and loved many of the white children of their employers. The reader is struck by how much both blacks and whites lost under the system but this is a story of change and of human redemption. The book is highly entertaining despite the serious issues, and the excellent readers make it captivating.
After reading the reviews, I used one of my credits on this book, experiencing immediate buyer's remorse. "Why was I taken in by the hype. I don't want to listen to a book about Black maids in the South."
Boy, was I wrong. This is a great listen, and I empathize 'listen.' It's a fantastic audible production. I have a hard time putting it down, and this is from a guy that enjoys Jack Reacher and other similar stories (action, blood, and gore).
I am White and was raised in the South (Texas). I would have been about the same age as the White women in this book in 1962. Every time one of them speaks, I think I'm listening to one cousin in particular. The author has her down pat.
Excellent book. I'd give it 5 stars any day.