I listened to the audible.com version over a number of weeks... a wonderful reading done by wonderful actresses. I can't imagine reading this book without those lovely voices telling the story. And it's a good story, showing women's bravery, white women, black women, abused women, doted upon women. Then there are the truly ugly women, ugly in their souls, in their beliefs, ugly before their gods, ugly to their help, to their children, to each other. And these ugly women are so sure that they're the pinnacle of everything good and right in the world, and they are so sadly mistaken, but hells bells they do a lot of damage. I won't mention any former vice presidential candidates, will I?
This was a fun "read', reminiscent of an Oprah Book Club pick. I found myself thinking about the characters long after a finished the book.
I don't understand the love-fest. Yes the narration is excellent, but the story is simplistic. I found Skeeter to be annoyingly predictable, the "noble white one". Please.
If I could I would give this book 10 stars. It was an insightful look into the past, but in some cases probably still a reality. I found myself walking my dog just to give me time to listen to this wonderfully narrated and written book. I can find nothing negative to say about this book.
Ok, OK, we all know this book reads like a classic movie. Let's cast this movie!
Abileen - Alfre Woodard, Whoopi
Minny - Octavia Spencer (the narrator for Minny in the book), Oprah, Jennifer Hudson, Monique, Latifah
Skeeter - Jennifer Garner
Hillie - Ashley Judd like (I know Ashley's too old for this role, but someone with her "fire" could do this!
I loved most everything about this book. The story was compelling and the characters are well developed. My issue was primarily with the language of the Skeeter character which is at times offensive. Had the language not been an issue for me I would have given this book 5 stars.
However, a review of this book would not be complete without making mention of the wonderful narrators. While all were excellent, I find Jenna Lamia particularly exemplary despite the aforementioned language issues attributed to her character.
What an absolute boring story line
Not this author
Very good Narrator's.
I couldnt get past the first part 1 its sooo bad.
The Help is so well written and performed that I found myself listening to it again just days after I finished it the first time. The story touches the heart and the narrators perform it with honesty and feeling. I highly recommend it.
I might listen again in the future, but I think I got the jest of it the first time.
The scene that stands out in my mind is one where an intruder had to be chased off the property.
This book offers insight into human personalities.