I spent 18 hours with these beautiful women and was left empty handed by the ending. Good story. AMAZING narration!!! Poor ending.
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
The perfect audio book... the perfect book of any kind but especially in audio. The book is over the top in every respect. Maybe one of the best books ever. You'll laugh; you'll cry. You won't want to put it down.
...and that it was on my wife's book club list, I went ahead and listened. Guys you will like this, too. Great choice of three narrators. Moving and poignant without being "preachy". Fresh and enjoyable listen taking one believably right into the life of Jackson, Mississippi in the 60's.
Five star all the way and I don't issue them easily. I was in grade school during this time and this book captures the period with honesty. It is poignant in it's unblinking look at the ugliness, bravery and beauty of this rocky revolutionary time in deep Southern culture. I will miss all the characters who were so vividly brought to life by the author.
"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." --Lemony Snicket
...how great this performance is, but I'm going to anyway. The Help is an essential listening experience because of Bahni Turpin. And Octavia Spencer. And Jenna Lamia. These three gifted performers elevate the art of narration to a new level with their impeccable Southern drawl and illuminating portrayals of maids and the white families they work for in 1960s Mississippi. It's no surprise that rave reviews from listeners have made The Help our highest-rated audiobook of all time, and propelled Octavia Spencer into an Academy Award winner for her portrayal of Minny.
The only reason I did not give this book a 5 star was because some of the characters could have used more development. A technicality you can dismiss.
My mother was raised in the south on a farm but my grandmother had "help".Her name was Cora. In my mother's family the bond was tight between Cora and her children and my mom and her siblings. My mom moved north to PA to marry and I met Cora on one of our frequent trips south when I was about 5 years old.She introduced herself to me as my "chocolate mammy". Having grown up in a small PA town she was the first black person I ever met.
Although I observed both the harsh racial discrimination in the south and the love and respect of my mothers family(they were never allowed to use the word nigger)to Cora and her family I could never explain with credibility to my northern born and raised friends the unusual love/hate relationships to blacks that existed in the south.
These Yankees all professed a strong belief in racial equality but felt very uncomfortable around blacks and did not include any in their close social circle.
This book says it all and illustrates the situation I have been trying to explain to my friends my whole life.The characters are real and I could put different names to all of them from the roster of my southern family and their friends and acquaintances.
I have listened to 20-25 books through audible, and this may have been my favorite in terms of the listening experience. This is one of those books that is perhaps better in the audible format. Deciding to use multiple narrators to fit the characters was an excellent choice. The performance flew by and kept the listener entertained throughout. I would thoroughly recommend this book!
The only dissapointment here is the fact that eventually the book ended. I loved it from cover to cover and will definately listen again and again. Narration was phenomenal as well.
I listen to mysteries and thrillers primarily and normally prefer male narrators. This bood was neither and and still one of the best books I have listened to this year. Terrific story, great characters, brilliantly narrated and worth every minute I spent listening. DO NOT shy away from this book if it is not your usual genre, listen and enjoy.
I was so engrossed in the story that I don't want it to end. In addition to the book being a great read, the narrators really brought the story to life. It was almost equivalent to watching a really good movie.