This was a good, pretty engrossing read, but it was definately not one of my favorite audiobooks. It could have been that my expectations were too high (given the effuse praise on this site), or that I have been listening to almost solely the classics, but I found that The Help lacked some depth and could not always sustain my interest. If I could recommend other books which are both engaging and have more substance I'd suggest Atlas Shrugged, The Count of Monte Cristo, or Kafka on the Shore.
Didn't think I was going to like it as much as everyone else, but got pulled in on a long trip and hardly said a word to my travel companions for two days! Characters will stay with you and will open minds to the "difference" between people of different races. Well worth the time, you'll love it!
Absolutely the best audio book I have listened to in the past 3 years. The multiple voices contribute to the feeling that you are right there living in Jackson, Miss. and watching it unfold. It was entrancing- I looked for opportunties to listen to it as often as possible!
This most engaging story had me absolutely captivated from beginning to end. The characters are unique, endearing, fallible and hilarious. They quietly address the most difficult issues of race from trapped places but still manage to keep their hearts and sense of humour no matter how impossible the odds. An additionally surprising benefit to this book is the collection of cleaning tips that weave through the stories of Black maids and their relationship with a struggling White woman writer in Southern USA at the time of Martin Luther King Jr. Before this book,I would never have thought housework and child care could be so charming, funny, racked with life threatening tensions and momentous decisions. The way the maids quietly teach fairness, equity and truth to the children in their charge and the very real interpersonal and political dilemmas all the characters face in this book as they strive to make connections across racial prejudice are all the more significant when placed in the context of washing dishes and toilet training...
This is one of the most entertaining Audiobooks I have ever listened to. Beautifully written and narrated! I anxiously await Kathryn Stockett's next offering.
This book is wonderful! The women are all well-written and completely believable. The narrative flows quickly and easily. I, too, hated to see it end. I also think the narration was superb. Being from the South, I hate fake accents, but these were all great. Thank you, Ms. Stockett!
This book was delicious from beginning to end. I couldn't stop listening to it. The characters were so realistic, I felt like I was watching a beautiful movie in my head! I don't think I could have made it come alive the way the narrators did had I read it. This book was just amazing! I hope Kathryn Stockett has more just like it!