I have to travel 25 miles to and from work three days a week. I have this book on my MP3 player and it makes the trip more bearable. I'm from the South and my husband and son tease me when I come in the house from listening to the book because my southern accent is more pronounced -- "Have you been listening to that book again?" I've found the narration very authentic and not contrived as you often hear in movies. The narrators are very talented in switching between characters. The story is elegant and at times makes me ashamed that I'm from the South. But it also reminds me that there were, and are, some who fought against the staus quo of the South during the 60's - sometimes to their detriment. I've had some times when I sit in the car in the garage and listen to the book because I want to see how the scene turns out. I haven't finished it yet, only a few chapters left, but I know I won't want it to end.
Just finished listening to The Help. What an amazing story and narration! This has been one of my favorite audiobooks ever. I feel as if I know the characters personally. The Southern drawl was very well done, I was so impressed that each narrator could manage multiple accents and tones. There were times that the insight into life was stunning: such as Abilene's comment that "her methods for revenge were as precise as a dentist's tools." I am really bummed that it's over, I'm going to have to find something else by this author or someone like her. Highly recommended!
I loved listening to this audio- the readers made the characters come to life. Couldn't wait to get in my car each day to listen to more and then it ends, it just ends and left me with no closure; wanting to know what happened. I thought my ipod had skipped and I kept rewinding but no, it just ends. I know alot of 'Literature' is written to allow the reader to draw their own conclusions but I just don't like it. I need closure from my books. That said, I very much enjoyed this book, I do believe that in this case it was the voices and animation of the storeytellers as much as anything. I don't know if I would have enjoyed it as much in print.
Wonderful, ssad, laugh out loud funny, masterfuly done book. I loved it and loved the narrators who did a great job of all the characters. Wish I could continue to follow the characters and know what follows-this is a great book to listen to-one of the best I have listened to and one that reminds us all that we truly are the same no matter our color or creed
I loved this audio book and immediately went back to the author name and was disappointed this was her first book. My emotions in reading went from laughing out loud to feeling the characters pain. I feel the audio gave the book character.
This was an excellent book. Sometimes we tend to forget how nasty race relations were in the past. This book is a cold reminder of how shameful our (whites) attitudes and actions were not too many years ago. I know we still don't live in a perfect world, but it's good to take a look back that we will continue to strive for a better society. It was well done and the readers were excellent.
Listening to this book was definitely a high point of my summer. I was drawn in by compelling,identifiable characters that I wanted to learn more about.
Some books amuse, others inform. But every once in a while you come across a book that gets inside you, picks you up, and then sets you down in a different place. This is that kind of book. It will get you thinking about human relations--not just race or class relations--for a long time. The characters are complex, the plot is terrific, and the narration of this audiobook is superb.
I had to actually buy the hardback to give to my daughter.. I was born in 1955 and I remember having black Help and babysitters in Atlanta. My wonderful Grandmother had her ideas and my mother balked and taught me different. This book took me home and I wish I could go back and make the changes that needed to be done. Loved it. Will listen again and again.