the best book i've listened to in quite some time. the women's voices have a beautiful resonance that brings the story to life.
...this is far and away my favorite listening experience since starting with Audible.com some 125+ books ago. The combination of writer and narrators is perfect--each reader is at the very top of their field. There was not one moment of the 18 hours when my mind wandered. I can't pretend to know what life was really like for these women in the 60's, but I feel as if I got a glimpse. The experience has definitely changed me a little and I am having trouble listening to anything else in the wake of this gem of a book. I hope we hear much more from Katherine Stockett.
i once read voraciously, can't anymore, and have searched for a great "listen" for months, and finally stumbled on "the help"--i loved it. the narrators are excellent. the four voices contributed to a sense of listening to a stage play. i liked the author's willingness to have parts of the story not turn out so well for some characters, kind of like real life. i look forward to more from this author.
This is a tale well-told, both by the author and the narrators. I was a child in the 60s and knew these events were real. This book presents the difference between hearing the news and living the news. Yes, real people were treated this way. Are we doing it again with tent cities and rising rates of hunger during this economic storm?
I absolutely LOVED this book and am so very sorry that it is over! It was like watching a captivating movie where the images were not on a screen but instead colorful and dancing in my mind's eye. The writing and narration allowed me to take part in the story in a new way. I was mesmerized. I found myself rooting for some characters and scowling at others. The narrators made it easy to distinguish between characters and their reading provided a richness of sound and accent to the writing. I laughed, I cried, I shook my head, cursed and celebrated. As a white woman, I felt shame for my own race and how we have behaved and in some cases continue to. I felt like I knew the characters better than any other book I have listened to. I hope the writers and readers win many awards and are recognized over and over again for this incredible work of art. I am truly grateful!
I chose this book after reading other reviews and was totally engrossed from the moment I started listening. The story takes place at a time I was coming of age and the three main characters each ring true to the period. Each character faces her own individual struggles but ultimately they find strength through one another effecting change for themselves and the women around them. I especially enjoyed Aibileen , a strong dignified woman, who found a way to make a difference in the life of a young child. Minny struggles with herself and her circumstances. Eugenia or Skeeter comes of age. All exhibited bravery in this wonderful story.
One of the best books ever! I was completely engrossed from start to finish. Kathryn Stockett has inspired me to learn more about this time period! The narrators were top notch, bringing every character alive for me!
The story is perfectly crafted. The voices are perfectly cast. I am afraid I will never find this perfection again.