This is one of the best books I have experienced in almost 8 years of Audible. I was raised in the South, on the periphery of the experiences of these women. This is a moving, emotional account that will open your eyes to the trials of incredible people. Please don't miss it.
I actually feel a bit sorry for anyone who simply reads this book. As an audio version, it was not merely "read" but rather, "performed". Great characters, wonderful story, and, as I said, just a wonderful performance by all 3 narrators. I haven't enjoyed a book as much in a long time. P.S. - Audible - if you are reading this - let me know the minute this author writes another book!!
As a young white women, this book is both eye-opening and sad. I cannot believe it has only been some 45+ years since this book was set. I cannot believe people thought this way, and I would hope (if I'd been alive) I'd been on the right side of the issues. This book is wonderful, entertaining, heartfelt and heartbreaking. It's a part of our recent history....we all need reminded of. The narration is one of the best I've heard. Don't miss out on this gem.
This book was a wonderful story about a group of black maids working in Jackson, MS. I was moved to tears at times, and laughed my head off at other times. It is well written and theatrically read. The book stimulated my thought on how I have treated people and who has been instrumental in my development. Can I give unconditional love? I highly recommended it for this summer's read.
I loved the characters and the narrators were wonderful.
It was funny at times, but rang true about racism in the 60's.
Everyone should read this book.
This is a remarkable novel, wonderful in every regard. I thought I was tired of Southern writers and bored by their cliched material, but there is nothing cliched or boring about this novel. It kept me awake all night and glued to my iPod for an entire weekend. The suspense was so great and the characters so compelling that I absolutely could not turn the iPod off. THE HELP was sheer delight! The women who performed for the audiobook are superb, enhancing the stunning prose and filling it with genuine, authentic-sounding emotion. I loved this audiobook. Thank you, Ms. Stockett!
~ Alexis Masters, author of THE GIULIANA LEGACY
In order, the things I look for in an audio book are 1) literary value, 2) engrossing entertainment and 3) good vocal performances. Bonus points are given if I learn something in the process.
"The Help," by Kathryn Stockett probably doesn't deserve any special note -- for or against -- on the first score. It's well-enough written, but it won't be added to anyone's great books series next century.
However, it makes up for a lack of literary pretension with engaging characters, a unique view point, and extraordinary performances. What's more, I feel I learned something about American society that I didn't know before.
I've hit a few clinkers in my Audible subscriptions lately: enough to turn me off the genre. "The Help" was a pleasant way to turn me right back on.
This book is so well written! The author adeptly gives us the prespective of each woman in the story. It is a warm and yet heart breaking depiction of a period in our history..absolutely one of my favorite reads after 7 years with audible.
It was with great trepidation that I purchased, then started, this book. However, all my concerns were immediately laid to rest as I heard the first few passages of Abilene's story, which reflected the lives of so many amazing women I have known.
This is not only an exceptionally well-written novel, but the pacing and narration of this book is one of the best I have ever heard. I eagerly await Ms. Stockett's next work, as well as any other audiobooks narrated by Ms. Campbell, Ms. Lamia, Ms. Spencer, or Ms. Turpin.