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.
I looked forward to listening to this book. I would have given it 4.5 but couldn't on the site. The narration and subject matter was different and refreshing. Would highly recommend it.
Overt American racism in the guise of Jim Crow laws existed in my lifetime (I'm old, but not that old). It still blows my mind! This book gives us a window on that relatively recent time and place. Well written. Excellent narration. I felt like I was there.
I agree that this book is superb. The characters were richly drawn and deeply developed yet even the darkest of them one can have compassion for. The storyline is such a wonderful weaving of the events in the deep south during the early 60's, interlocking both the white and black point of view. I love that it is all from womens' point of view, which gives the book an empathy one would not find with major male characters. I really wanted a volume two of this book, I hated for it to end. I've been recommending it to everyone I know, especially if you grew up in the 50's or 60's, no matter where in the US you lived, civil rights affected you as did the events of that era and this book touches upon it all. If you grew up after that era and you only know of the Civil Rights Movement through historical study, reading this book is a great way to get a feel for what civil rights is all about.
I selected this audiobook based on reviews from other listeners and believe me, I enjoyed every bit of it! The narrators transport the listener to Mississippi as ripples of the Civil Rights Movement challenge the current relationship between blacks and whites in the early 1970s.
I was taken from the very first word, into a South we've not heard from for decades but a South that echoes in our past, our mother's and grand mother's pasts. We read The Help as a book club selection, but will recommend it as required reading for those who don't recall, but should understand.
I've been downloading audio books from Audible since 1998 and I believe this may be the finest I've ever listened to. I agree with all of the glowing reviews and am thankful that I found this book while browsing around Audible's website. It's a tribute to the author and the narrators that, although the book is set in a very turbulent and disturbing time in our history, I did not not want the book to end. I hated to depart from the lives of the characters. The narration is simply incredible and I believe I would not have been as affected by the book had I read it rather than listened to it.