I've tried to write three reviews but there's an error when it's submitted so the review goes somewhere out into webspace never to be seen again. So this one will be short and to the point:
THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I'VE EVER READ. Get it, read it, be transformed by it. I promise you, you'll be both surprised and blessed by it.
Growing up in Alabama in the 60s, I remember so much of what this book is about. My family had a "housekeeper" who came one day a week, but I sense she felt much the same way as the characters in the book. I hope our family was one of the "good families". This book captures the tone and the struggles of this time in history in way that is riveting and enlightening. This is the first audio book I have reviewed, even though I probably have read at least 40 over the past couple of years. I recommend this listen and know I learned a few things while listening to this excellent book. The narrators are the best I have ever heard and have made this book even better to listen to than to read.
This book deserves the 5-star rating that it gets in all of the reviews. It's a very enjoyable listen-- I think this is one of those books that is enhanced by audible. It's such an eye opener and reminder of how some of our United States lagged so far behind in their attitudes about black people -- but to put it in context of housekeepers and the women of the houses they keep -- makes it a more light hearted read than might be otherwise. It is also a very hopeful type of book.
The voices of the characters were so well written and performed that I felt like I was a part of the story. I became so engrossed while listening that for 18 hours every free moment became about "The Help". This story was very moving and touched a very special place in my heart! I can't wait for the next book that Ms. Stockett writes.
I have been listening to Audible for several years, 50 or so books a year. The Help was one of a handful that I could not bear to see end. I loved every minute, and even did the ironing so I could listen more. The three main characters are brave, human and endlessly interesting. The villain, Hilly, is a bit of a characature, but a side show. I cared about these women, their courageous secret and their insights into life. Don't miss this one.
I do not normally write reviews, but this book is a must. I went through the gamut of emotions, literally sobbing at some points. Not only out of sadness but happiness too. Just not long enough. I could have listened for 50 more hours.
It made me laugh, it made me cry. It made me worry for the characters-especially for Abeline and Minnie. How could I not know what was happening in the southern part of the United States during the early 1960's?
I knew some of the problems the blacks faced, but this book places me in their minds with their fears of the whites who had the ability to fire them, send them to jail and even to kill them.
How brave, kind and caring they were!
The book is well written and the readers all read their parts with understandable accents.
I would like to see a sequel. I do want to know how the three protagonists fare in the future.