This is by far the best narrated audio book I have ever experienced. The narration is top notch. The story is memorable but much more so because of the narrators have brought the "Help" to life. This story was so much better than if I had read the book myself. These ladies bring real life to the characters. I found myself laughing while I busied myself with housework. Laughing... then crying...then a sense of shock...then laughing again. The characters blossomed thanks to these colorful narrators. Thank you penguin audio.
The story kept pulling me; the characters became my friends. I did not want this to end. The narration is perfect. The story is a remarkable slice of southern life in this country in the early 60's...and of women, and race, family, love, drive, friendship. Insightful and moving.
As a guy who typically enjoys a completely different genre of audiobook, I had reservations, but based no reviews used my credit to buy it anyway and wasn't disappointed. Great story, gives very good insight as to what southern life in the south was like in and around 1962. The dialogue between characters was great, the only knock is that the voices of some of the secondary charachters was annoying at times, but necessary I guess. Would have liked to have seen a more complete ending, but that's just me. Everyone is correct, the narration is great.
This book evokes the need for us to examine how hate and racial bias are really taught to us. The way this was presented was intelligent and real. All the characters were part of thier own conditioning, and are really trapped into thier own worlds. Some awaken and take thier blinders off, and some remain there forever. I loved this book, and would recommend it to anyone. Please read it.
I thought The Secret Life of Bees was terrific. This is just as good if not better. I am not a fan of southern accents and had trouble starting this book, but after an hour it couldn't be read any other way. The characters are three dimensional. It's a little depressing at times that people can be so bigoted and even though I am a product of the 60's and have always lived north of the M-D line, the town I grew up in was not that much different than Jackson. I went to my share of sit-ins. So the book has a personal resonance with me. It is a triumph.
With many great new books each year one always stands out and for me it was this story enhanced by the narrators,whom I believe took it to the next level. Its a must listen too.