This is an excellent book. I am old enough to have lived through these times but I was not aware of the pervasiveness of life in the south. We knew something significant was happening when the civil rights movement started, we just did not realize how significant. This book put into perspective many of the events that I observed in media reports at the time.
This book is needed to educate the younger generations about what man is capable of doing to others including creating perverted "laws" to support it. This did not happen in Rwanda or the Sudan or South Africa, this happened in the "civilized" nation of the United States of America. "The Help" should send the message that vigilance is always necessary and complacency is the tool of those who will take advantage of it. Thank you, Kathryn Stockett.
My wife and I became enthralled with the characters in this book. The narrators are able to bring these people to life in a way that takes you back to that time and place in all too realistic a manner and also shows how far we have come in our society. Too much awful history with this type of discrimination and attitudes towards blacks and we can only be thankful that a book such as this can make us realize that we can never return to that day and age.
The writing and narration are both so excellent, and the narration in particular, that this book takes you immediately away to the rooms, kitchens, streets and porches of this story. It's one of the most perfect audiobooks I've had the pleasure of listening to. I was compelled from beginning to end, but listened particularly intently to Abelene and Minnie, who now seem like friends. I highly recommend this book, and definitely in audio . A literary experience heightened through listening.
This is one of my favorite works of fiction. The fact that it deals with the difficult issue of segregation and what amounted to "slavery" and abuse of the negroes working for the white families in the south, makes it something we should hear. It is told from various perspectives in different chapters, a delightful technique.
These readers are truly gifted actors with great accents and natural use of the vernacular. They make it the best listen I've ever heard. I will recommend this book on tape to all my friends.
I loved this book and highly recommend it. I found it compelling and the audio added a wonderful dimension to the enjoyment. I did not want to finish it and missed the characters when I did. Excellent!
I had a high school composition teacher who remarked that books are friends. Take a friend off the shelf when you need it and it will be with you always. This one made me remember that idea. I felt like I was among friends. I got to know the characters, loved the use of different narrators. It gave such a good perspective of the struggles and stupidity of the times. I got ticked off at the caucasian housewives with their ignorance and how they were just like sheep; had no brains for themselves...just flocked. I admire the courage of the women in spite of the risks. We witnessed Skeeter mature and maybe times change a little. Great book...pretty long, but you don't want it to end.