Great book! The plot held my interest from beginning to end. The characters were almost real. This book made me realize how far we have come in the past 50 years.
I have listened to hundreds of audio books but this is one of the few that compelled me to write a review. I was captivated from the first by the subject, the writing and the narration. Rarely do I come across a book that magically blends the three as this one does. For me, this was a "sit in the car the keep listening" book. I know that my 5 star rating won't change the overall rating of the book but I just had to put down in writing how wonderful this book is.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable book to listen to. The readers were excellent and really made it that much more enjoyable. Something I never thought I'd ever write: I don't think I would have enjoyed the book in print as much as the audible version. This is because of the readers who really brought all the characters alive. I highly recommend this book!
I bought this book based solely on the length; I had a long car trip coming up, and needed a good, long distraction.
The Help absolutely surprised me; once I figured out exactly what was going on, I enjoyed it thoroughly.
The book is set in mid-century Mississippi, and is kind of hard to quantify. It's just a great book; it's at turns funny and sad and horrible and hilarious, and sometimes it's all four at once.
As well as being a great book, it was also a wonderful listen; there are different narrators for the three main characters, which helps keep things straight, and each narrator does a phenomenal job of bringing her character to life.
I highly recommend it.
This is a writer's read, wonderful characterizations, dialects delightfully read, details perfectly accurate, an unpredictable plot with interesting twists and turns. As a Yankee who moved to Lexington in '78 and was shocked by "the help", racism and friends with "mammys" this makes it all fit perfectly. Insightful...don't miss it. It's a shame it ended so soon. Hope she writes more.
Usually I listen to audiobooks when I'm on the bus, doing chores, or something else that doesn't take my undivided attention. Then I'll listen to music when I need to concentrate on work that uses a bit more brain power. However, with this audiobook, I've had one bud in my ear for days. I can't stop listening. It's truthful, raw, personal, inspiring, disturbing, and entertaining. In 2009, we forget sometimes that only 1 generation ago this type of racism and complete lack of civil rights existed and flourished. And we forget how much courage it took just to break through the smallest barriers. The characters are well rounded and the narrators do a wonderful job.
This audio book is stunningly captivating. The writing is elegant and the four voice actors make the characters come alive. I did not want to stop my iPod. Buy it!
'The Help' was a wonderful read. An honest and
unique approach to the Sixties...and the naration of the audible book made it even better.