I read / listen to tons of books, but not many that are memorable. I listened to this one over the course of several long car trips, just finished it yesterday. Laughed and cried all in the same trip! The narrarators are great, acting more than reading, and the author did such a good job with the characters that they really come alive.
One of the few books I can honestly say I enjoyed more listening to, rather than reading. Amazing narration, amazing story!
this was a great listen. It explored the race relations in the 60's from both sides. I laughed at loud at some of Minnies antics and descriptions. For instance "it looked like a chicken coop on fire." and "she's so country corn is growing out of her shoes." Other revelations made you want to cry and are timeless such as the beatings Minnie just accepted from her spouse for so long and Miss Celia's repetitive miscarriages.
The different readers with their distinct voices and accents made each character really come alive for me.
I read and listen to dozens of books a year. This one ranks among my all time favorites. The only thing I didn't like about it was that it ended.
The narration was mesmerizing. I was 7 years old in 1962, when the book began, so even though I did not grow up in the south, I remember many of the cultural and historical references. (Almost all women were homemakers, trying to look like Jackie Kennedy with cigarettes hanging out of their mouth, the first color TV I ever saw, when short skirts were shocking, listening to Bob Dylan) I had just listened to Dick Gregory's Callous on My Soul and heard his perspective on the civil rights movement so this novel dovetailed nicely with his historical accounts. Gregory was a civil rights activist and close personal friend of Medgar Evers.
I knew nothing of this book when I rushed to download it for a long road trip. But the high ratings inspired me to buy it. I just finished listening to the first 1/3 of the book and am swept away by the brilliant reading, the rich prose, and characters so real that I feel like I'm somehow in the story. I want to be friends with these women - converse with them - explore and wonder with them. It will take your breath away.
Absolutely loved this book! The readers are perfect and brought this truly important story to life. I read it and listened to it and it was so easy to visualize Kathryn Stockett's wonderful women. I have recommended it to all of my friends.
This book needs to read or heard by anyone who has ever lived in the south or read about it. It humanizes and makes you feel to your very soul what the past was and how everyone involves viewed it. I was so sad when it ended--