This most compelling story drew me in deeply and brought me back to the other historical fiction and biographies I read about the Civil Rights movement. There is a distinct difference between reading the text (which I did in the bookstore to see the spellings of the characters' names) and hearing the narration. The individual narrators helped immerse me into the story and their accents and emphatic phrasing during tense moments of the story were wonderful. Well worth the listen.
I really enjoyed the novel as well as the performances, which brought the finely developed characters to life. I got close to the end of the novel just before I was supposed to leave for a party--I almost wanted to stay home to listen to the ending instead!
From page one, I was drawn into this story. I felt welcomed to Aibileen's table, rooted for Ms. Skeeter to find her voice, and chuckled at Minny's antics. Lots of themes developed here; the issues of race and prejudice, friendships, mother-daughter relationships, social expectations, etc. This story speaks of strength and weakness and how both characteristics coexist within us all. I miss listening to these literary friends of mine.
I usually listen to thrillers and mysteries, but this, this is so unbelievably great! The story is compelling, I have to force myself to take off my earphones and wait for my next two mile hike. I just don't want it to end, but I can't wait to find out how it ends...I am almost there, don't have much more left. The readers are absolutely superb, they have the dialect down pat. Don't hesitate, download this book!!!!!
This was my second audible book and I enjoyed it very much. Being from Canada, I can't imagine what life was like in Jackson - however the story telling from the four actresses who read this book bring it to life. Very interesting and thought-provoking listen for those interested in historical fiction!
I LOVED this story! That alone would have been enough, but it was just beautifully read in the right tone and context. Not much else I can say that expresses the wonderful total experience of this audio version. Go get it!
I have listened to literally hundreds of audiobooks over the course of a misspent life, in all genres. This one is in a class by itself. First, the book is just wonderful: funny, heartbreaking, maddening, ultimately triumphant. But what is there to say about the narration? Except: perfect. You are pulled into the lives of the characters and you don't want to leave. Wait! Wait! I wanted to call. Don't leave! I want to know what happens next! I was hooked from the first 10 minutes, and I listened and listened until it was over. If you have wondered if this book really is as good as it's cracked up to be: the answer is yes.