Hands down one of the best books I have ever listened to. Any audible junkie like myself knows the narrator(s)can make or brake how one enjoys a book. This gets my highest marks. The story was very well written but the narrators made this book captivating. Many of my friends are hard core book readers. I begged them to download this book just to immerse themselves in the story and feel the characters. I promise anyone who reads this review that you will NOT feel your money was wasted. I will never look at a Chocolate pie the same way again. Ok now what are you waiting for.......download it!!!!!
I really enjoyed this book! The characters are fully developed and the multiple readers brought them to life. I gobbled up this book, not being able to put down my ipod. I am eagerly awaiting Kathryn Stockett's next novel.
I hesitated when I read the subject matter for this book. I thought "mmm...nah, this sounds like soap opera material written mainly for women".
Even with the high review scores I passed over it numerous times, but still kept an eye on it.
Finally, I said to myself "Oh well...I'll buy it anyway. It's only a book, and if it's a piece of junk, I'll just stop if it becomes too boring".
Well, I'm happy to say that it fully deserves all of the accolades. Both the book and the narration are superb.
I swear, I don't think I've ever read anything that was so touching. You're either laughing your fanny off, or close to tears during the entire work.
Strangely enough, I just finished listening to "Gone With the Wind" (also a killer listen btw) and "The Help" is, I feel, on par with that classic.
I now know why this book has the highest avg. customer rating in the history of Audible.
Don't miss it.
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"Jackson ain't no special place. They's 10,000 towns just like it."
This novel chronicles the beauty and exquisitely painful stupidity of human beings in the United States regarding race. I've read and listened to hundreds (thousands?) of novels in my lifetime, from Stephen King and Terry Pratchett and Stieg Larsson and Harper Lee and Dostoevsky and Bronte and Alcott, and Homer and more. I don't know that I will ever encounter a novel as moving, triumphant, poignant, and revealing as this one again.
Amazing. Simply amazing.
I enjoyed the book tremendously, the narrators were absolutely perfect, and I was miserable when the book ended. I've picked up no less than 6 bestsellers since then and can't get interested in any of them. A few times in my life I have been fortunate enough to read a book that is so special I fall in love with the characters. This is one of those books. I miss them. I want this book to continue. I wish I knew the narrator for Aibileen - I'd buy everything she narrates! And Kathryn Stockett - WOW!
Don't you just love a great story well told?
There is incredible irony in white women allowing black maids to literally raise their white children, to feed, diaper then clothe those infants yet insist those maids use a family's "blacks only" bathroom (often far less comfortable than a white bathroom.) Will "Skeeter"'s maid book get printed? If so, what tragic consequences will there be for the brave maids if the book IS published and especially if the the local readers realize the book features them just changing the people's names and the town name?
This download is a are true audio treat with three narrators (possibly to avoid any jingoism accusations when poor grammar and imperfect English is spoken by some of the less educated characters.)Also it has excellent editing and direction. Expect many plot twists, ups & downs, anger, but just as often also much pure sweetness and wisdom mostly from the very wise maids who band together to tell what it is like to be the "The HELP". I rarely hand out FIVE stars and this book deserves every last one by any measure.
I spent 18 hours with these beautiful women and was left empty handed by the ending. Good story. AMAZING narration!!! Poor ending.
...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.