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This has to be my favorite book of the year. It's well written, the characters come alive through the amazing narration. I felt like I knew each and every character in the story personally. Touching, sad, funny. This is truly a must listen or read.I give it an A+++++
Seldom does one find a novel with a wonderful combination of setting, plot, characters, and style. 'The Help' provides all of these. Add to this the rare combination of multiple narrators who have a wide range of accents, distinctive voices, and superb diction and you have the perfect narrated novel. Don't miss this one!
I loved this book and the characters. And it was better to listen to than to read it, because there were separate narrators for the different characters which made it seem like you were overhearing what they said. Loved every minute of it and was sad to have it end.
This is a well-written, beautifully-read, amazing and entertaining book. I didn't want it to end.
Read it - everybody!
I read / listen to tons of books, but not many that are memorable. I listened to this one over the course of several long car trips, just finished it yesterday. Laughed and cried all in the same trip! The narrarators are great, acting more than reading, and the author did such a good job with the characters that they really come alive.
this was a great listen. It explored the race relations in the 60's from both sides. I laughed at loud at some of Minnies antics and descriptions. For instance "it looked like a chicken coop on fire." and "she's so country corn is growing out of her shoes." Other revelations made you want to cry and are timeless such as the beatings Minnie just accepted from her spouse for so long and Miss Celia's repetitive miscarriages.
The different readers with their distinct voices and accents made each character really come alive for me.
I read and listen to dozens of books a year. This one ranks among my all time favorites. The only thing I didn't like about it was that it ended.
The narration was mesmerizing. I was 7 years old in 1962, when the book began, so even though I did not grow up in the south, I remember many of the cultural and historical references. (Almost all women were homemakers, trying to look like Jackie Kennedy with cigarettes hanging out of their mouth, the first color TV I ever saw, when short skirts were shocking, listening to Bob Dylan) I had just listened to Dick Gregory's Callous on My Soul and heard his perspective on the civil rights movement so this novel dovetailed nicely with his historical accounts. Gregory was a civil rights activist and close personal friend of Medgar Evers.