I seldom pick up a book set in the 60's because they are always so loaded with sermons and guilt trips. This book is different. It is beautifully constructed, and it doesn't contain a single boring moment. It is an authentic story that seemed as real as my own life during the 60s. I was about the same age as Skeeter during that period, and our family had a maid. Maybe that's why I relate to so much of the story. More than most books, the dawning of the civil rights movement is portrayed as subtle and personal. People from any time or place will be drawn into this story of several brave women who had the courage to do what few people could ever do. I hope more books follow by this author with the same heart as this one.
This book was by far the best I'd every listened to! I tried to stretch it out to make it last longer, but found it hard to stop. The narraters made each character come to life and seem as real as though they're standing next to me. I think I'm ruined now for ordinary books.
The book was very well written and I loved the way it ended. Can't wait for another read from Kathryn Stockett!
~Debbie from Nova Scotia
At first I did not care for the speaker, as the story unfolded, each speaker made the story come alive, and did caputure the bitter sweetness of this book. I enjoyed this read! and would highly recomenend it!
I felt like I was in the living room with these characters. Not only is it a well written book, but the narrators did their parts so well I felt I knew them. I hope Kathryn Stockett is planning a sequel. I want to spend more time with the characters I got to know so well. I got a glimpse into a time I was growing up that gave me insights I never had before. Well done, flawlessly narrated.
I really am enjoying this book. Just downloading the third part now. Unique subject - the lives of black maids working in wealthy white households during the civil rights movement describing the sensitive and, at times, moving relationships they have with their white employers. I adore all the characters, expecially Minnie. I am always a big fan of well narrated books, and this book is very well done. Bravo readers!
Enjoyed this book immensely. Fell in love with the characters, whose personalities were enhanced by the artful work of the narrators. Great story, kept moving, didn't lost my interest once. Loved it and would highly recommend - a great summer book.
Having grown up in similar circumstances I so wish this book had been around when my parents needed the "mirror" that the story provides, held up to them. "The Help" was fun and painfully sad, it took me back to a not so innocent era. This is not your typical southern girl book, but a work of art.
I hated for it to end!
In four years I have never reviewed a book, but this book was so good, that I must. The characters had so much depth and the plot riveting. The readers were really point on, adding so much to the story. It so portrays an often overlooked segment of society during such a pivotal time. I did not want the story to end.