This is the first time I have ever reviewed a book, but I just HAD to put my opinion out there. This is BY FAR thee best audio book I have ever listened to. The narrators are TELLING me a story (not reading one to me). They were fabulous, fabulous, fabulous. I laughed out loud numerous times, and I was brought to tears numerous times.
It was so very well written that when it was over I was sad. I wanted more. I needed to know what happened to Skeeter, Minnie, Celia (who I loved), and Abeline (s/p). I loved these women, and I was sad that it was over. I enjoyed having them in my life, and the content of the story is moving and touching. It made me want a better America and a better world. All of that in a work of fiction? You betcha.
I purchased this on a whim based on the reviews here and I am not disappointed. What a wonderful story, beautifully told. The narrators added to this book immensely. They were amazing! I searched for excuses to listen to this book and became completely oblivious to the rest of the world while I listened.
A few times I was wondering if the author was going to go completely PC on us with trite solutions and responses, but I was never disappointed in her sensitive and skilled handling of the story line.
This is one of the best (if not THE best) audio books I've ever heard and well worth the spent credit. I rarely go back to books within a few years (so they'll feel fresh again) but I'm ready to listen to this again after a month because I miss spending time with these characters.
I was only a baby during this time period but grew up in the south with "help" and when I shut my eyes I was back at home, seeing the world through a new set of eyes. I cannot recommend this book enough!
I have listened to hundreds of books and this is one of the best I have ever listened to. The story is great and the production is fantastic. The readers really make the story. This is a must read!
Be kind to someone today.
A wonderful, heart breaking, hopeful story. A very good read. Difficult to put down. Excellent characters, story line and and narration. Enjoy.
This book would be a great read on paper or on Kindle, but the audible version is incomparable, and sets a standard for best incarnation of the author's intended voices. I have listened to 2 books a month for the past 5 years, and no narration even comes close to this one in capturing reality of the characters.
I absolutely urge anyone considering to just "read" this book the old-fashioned way, to get the audio version instead! Heck, if you did "read" it you should give it a "listen" to a second time, I think you will find it a whole different book! Hands down the best book I have ever listened to! The narrators sell the entire story! The content is educational and very engrossing as well. Very likable characters. You will want to listen to the entire thing straight through. I always hesitate to say that about a book because I don't want people to go in with too high expectations. So please download this book and see for yourself! I don't think you'll regret it!
I am fairly new to the concept of audio books. I loved this book, the characters and the narrators. I only listen on my long commute days and I looked so forward to each trip. Only problem being I was moved to tears too many times during my driving!
This novel has outstanding readers and wonderful character development, describing the incipient civil rights movement from the view of both black and white women from Jackson Mississippi. In turns disturbing and funny, this book was thoroughly engaging and uplifting. Looking forward to more from Kathryn Stockett - plus I'll miss the characters from The Help.