It was with great trepidation that I purchased, then started, this book. However, all my concerns were immediately laid to rest as I heard the first few passages of Abilene's story, which reflected the lives of so many amazing women I have known.
This is not only an exceptionally well-written novel, but the pacing and narration of this book is one of the best I have ever heard. I eagerly await Ms. Stockett's next work, as well as any other audiobooks narrated by Ms. Campbell, Ms. Lamia, Ms. Spencer, or Ms. Turpin.
This was my first download from audible, and I am amazed. The story is wonderful, and the narrators make it even better. A beautiful story that made me laugh and cry. Definitely worth a credit!
I loved listening to this book. I'm sure I would have enjoyed it immensely had I read it, because it is a wonderfully written book. But the women who read it must be commended for their riveting performances. Brava to these talented narrators. May they read and read and read!!!
You will be rooting for the characters in this book. This book provides a fascinating look at the social divide of 1960's Mississippi. The stories of the "Help" are sometimes sad, sometimes hopeful, and sometimes triumphant. The narrators made them come alive. This is one of the best books I've read in the last few years.
A home run in audio books is a great story combined with a great reading. Kathryn Stockett's book The Help is, indeed a home run. It ranks up there with Philip Roth's Operation Shylock read by Ron Silver as a great audiobook. The story is engrossing from the first chapter and the characters are so well presented by the readers that you find yourself driving to work in the right lane so you can hear just a few minutes more of the story.
I enjoy reading a wide variety of books, from epics to mysteries, some fantasy, and even better written chick lit. NO bodice rippers please!
I Can't recommend this book enough. A book that teaches you the lessons of history while being highly entertaining is very rare. This is true historical fiction.
I avidly read reviews before making a purchase. A you have noticed already, "The Help" gets RAVE reviews from almost every reviewer- almost all with female handles!
Well, another RAVE review here, from a male (Reviewer/reader is Judy's husband!). This is a really good story, well written, well read, provocative.
Go ahead, guy (or gal), download it. I expect you will be as enchanted as I was.
One of my all time favorites. I've been an Audible listener for ten years now and this book is close to the top of my list. Water for Elephants and 5 People That You Meet in Heaven and The Help are my top three. Ms. Stockett brings the South of the 60's alive. On my only visit to New Orleans in the late 60's I still saw "whites only" and "colored only" labels on fountains and rest rooms. As a true Yankee this was very new to me and was not right. In The Help I was able to "see" this South again and I didn't like it.
The actresses playing the maids were so real that I was transported back 40+ years to my youth.
I cannot possibly imagine what their working life was like but I learned from Ms. Stockett. She made me want to laugh and scream, get mad and want cry for them. I doubt if anyone will ever be able to tell their story any better ever. Kudos to you, Ms. Stockett and also to all the terrific narrators.
I have a library of over 700 unabridged audible books... before that 20 years of Tapes and CD's.
My first Talk book was Steven Kings Needful I have never listened to a book more than once. I have a library of over 700 unabridged audible books... before that 20 years of Tapes and CD's.My first Talk book was Steven Kings Needful Things 24 hours of pure pleasure. I was hooked. Not on TERROR Books but being read a story that comes alive. Equally by the author and the narrator. This book brings back the wonder of my first listen. This is a book you will never forget. These characters come alive in a way that is so rare it should be cherished.