At first, I thought the book was going to a simplistic "white people are bad, black people are good" finger wagging lecture. I stuck with it, however, and found that it was nuanced, thought provoking without being preachy, and generally very good. The readers were excellent.
I normally limit my audio book listening to the gym and long car rides, but this one is so excellent, I had to finish it at home. Wonderful insight into the relationships between white households and black household help in the 1960s. Sad, happy, emotional.
I bought this book by description only. The authenticity of the time and place rang true to me. The narration was excellent and I could visualize each character with clarity. I hated for the book to end, I missed the characters when I finished. Moving to the south when I was 10 years old from a small town with no blacks, I was fascinated with the black people and the "colored help". I had never heard of Jim Crow or civil rights and did not know blacks were separated from whites until I sat in the "wrong place" at a movie theater. I love the dignity the author bestows on characters who deserved it and the humiliation on those who earned it.
One of THE best books I've read/listened to in years. The readers are tops-- it's rare that you find both a great story and great readers in electronic books--- The Help has both! Stockett is brillant. And all of the readers are simply gifted!
This should be mandatory listening in ALL southern schools.
A terrific book, one of the very best. Lovingly and brilliantly narrated.