The hype is accurate and well deserved. So beautifully written and performed, I envy anyone who gets to experience this audiobook for the first time.
I read thru the reviews for both the book online and the audiobook here. I am so glad I chose to listen b/c The Help is one of the most wonderful engrossing books I have ever listened to. It has true life villans and if you're from the South you will recognize many of the women in the book from your own experience. I raced thru it b/c it was so good, now I am sad it's over. It's not very often you come across a book that you HAVE to listen to every spare second. I highly recommend this book and can't wait to see more of Stockett's work in the future. Read The Help.
This is a wonderful book to listen to with such eloquent southern voices telling the story. It is a slice of history from the south that lets us know how far we have come in this country today. Three brave women surrounded by characters that we love and others we hate.
"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.
I admit I am an audible book junkie; I have been filling my substantial commute time with books for about 10 years. The Help is a standout from both the standpoint of an extremely well-developed story coupled with extraordinary narration. The multiple narrators helped round out the richness and depth of each of the characters. I felt like I was in the room with them throughout the novel.
I enjoyed the portrayal of the start of the civil rights movement from the viewpoint of a black maids in Mississippi and their unlikely white story-teller. I did not want the book to end! I felt I could sit with the characters and listen to them tell their stories for hours. Enjoy!
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!
This was one of the best books I have listened to this summer. The narrators did a superb with 3 different voices. It made the story real. I will listen to this book again.
Oh my... this is one of the absolute BEST audio books I've ever listened to. This one goes in the stack to listen to again. You see, I am FROM mid-1960's Mississippi and this story is so perfect. The use of multiple readers for the different characters was brilliant and each of them did a spectacular job with their part. It was easy to distinquish the characters and before long, you began to feel as though you were sitting in the kitchen with Minny or Aibileen, or watching the Wednesday bridge game at Elizabeth's house.
The underlying morals and racial truths depicted in this book are spot on. So is the fact that much of white Mississippi didn't understand them at the time. Skeeter's mother was so much like my own, that I often sat up straighter just listening to her.
The best part about this book aside from the story itself and the readers, is the fact that although the "truths" were not pretty, the daily lives are told with a large helping of humor. I often laughed out loud and repeated quips and saying from the book.
Overall, this is an excellent book that is just all the better when listened to. Well worth the credit! I'll be watching for more from Katheryn Stockett.
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.