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.
This book was very well written with facinating characters. The narrativion was beautiful. It provided a glimpse into the not so distant past that was illuminating without being too heavy. I laughed aloud as well as shed some tears. I did not want this book to end.
The quality of writing and narration along with the historical story line make this book worth every second it takes to listen. You will laugh, cry, probably will yell out in anger and certainly will shake your head from time to time. You know some of these people in your own life. This is history in the deep south but not told in a preachy, hypocritical way. The Help is entertaining, funny and irreverent of those who blindly follow tradition.
I am a child of the 50's, love kids, animals, plants. I adopted a Sulphur mustang mare (desendant of the warhorses of the Conquistadors).
The Help is set in the American South, during the time of the Civil Rights Movement. The author's crafting of the characters, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minnie and how they change the smothering circumstances of a woman's place in society is brilliant.
The narration by Cassandra Campbell, Jenna Lamia, Octavia Spencer, Bahni Turpin was so excellent that I was totally immersed in the story - I could see Minnie rolling her eyes with her hands on her hips, Skeeter looking at her hair in the mirror, and hear Aibileen saying, "You a smart girl, a kind girl." to Mo Mably. I look forward to more books by Kathryn Stockett, and narrations by Cassandra Campbell, Jenna Lamia, Octavia Spencer, Bahni Turpin.
While the story is exceptional, the narration pushed it into the realm of such superiority that The Help is already a classic.