We all want a great story, well written/told and exceptionally narrated. This book has it all! I listened to all three parts without stopping. Thankfully, I had the time, but I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't -- probably a sick day!
The context of the story is important, but the voices presented by the author are so personal and compelling. This novel breathes life into a world we can all hope has passed -- black women who worked in wealthy homes in the South.
I will never forget this book and its exceptional narration.
I was so pleasantly surprised when I heard the second narrator come out of no where. I felt completely involved in their stories. The narration made me feel like I was listening to a friend. The author's vision of the deep south in the 60's made me feel happy, angry, agitated, hopeful and excited all in one moment. Excellent! I would highly recommend this novel.
Couldn't stop listening to it. the narration was incredible. the story was incredible. The storytelling was incredible.
best book of 2009 IMHO
Wish there was a sequel.
Set in the early 60's, this book takes you into the racial discrimination and the struggle of civil rights in Jackson, Mississippi. The message is in the interactions and interviews of what it was like for a black woman to work in a white woman's world, and the bravery of those who tried to create change. The book was well researched and includes events that happened during those trying times. I highly recommend this book to those of you who want to open your eyes and reflect on how hard change can be, but how much kindness makes it all worthwhile.
One of the best books I have read or heard this year. Wonderfully narrated and written. It is not a thrill a minute mystery, but you get thoroughly caught up in the characters and you don't want to stop listening. Personally, I think this book should be required reading for any course on race relations or the history of the civil rights movement.
I agree with the other reviews. Except I would like a sequel. I wanted to here more backround about Minnie's employer and her life before she married her husband. It was like listening to a play with all the voice talent who did a great job. I also would like to follow Skeeter's future life.