I loved the characters and the narrators were wonderful.
It was funny at times, but rang true about racism in the 60's.
Everyone should read this book.
This is a remarkable novel, wonderful in every regard. I thought I was tired of Southern writers and bored by their cliched material, but there is nothing cliched or boring about this novel. It kept me awake all night and glued to my iPod for an entire weekend. The suspense was so great and the characters so compelling that I absolutely could not turn the iPod off. THE HELP was sheer delight! The women who performed for the audiobook are superb, enhancing the stunning prose and filling it with genuine, authentic-sounding emotion. I loved this audiobook. Thank you, Ms. Stockett!
~ Alexis Masters, author of THE GIULIANA LEGACY
In order, the things I look for in an audio book are 1) literary value, 2) engrossing entertainment and 3) good vocal performances. Bonus points are given if I learn something in the process.
"The Help," by Kathryn Stockett probably doesn't deserve any special note -- for or against -- on the first score. It's well-enough written, but it won't be added to anyone's great books series next century.
However, it makes up for a lack of literary pretension with engaging characters, a unique view point, and extraordinary performances. What's more, I feel I learned something about American society that I didn't know before.
I've hit a few clinkers in my Audible subscriptions lately: enough to turn me off the genre. "The Help" was a pleasant way to turn me right back on.
This book is so well written! The author adeptly gives us the prespective of each woman in the story. It is a warm and yet heart breaking depiction of a period in our history..absolutely one of my favorite reads after 7 years with audible.
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!!!
A great great book.
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.