Couldn't stop listening to it. the narration was incredible. the story was incredible. The storytelling was incredible.
best book of 2009 IMHO
Wish there was a sequel.
Set in the early 60's, this book takes you into the racial discrimination and the struggle of civil rights in Jackson, Mississippi. The message is in the interactions and interviews of what it was like for a black woman to work in a white woman's world, and the bravery of those who tried to create change. The book was well researched and includes events that happened during those trying times. I highly recommend this book to those of you who want to open your eyes and reflect on how hard change can be, but how much kindness makes it all worthwhile.
One of the best books I have read or heard this year. Wonderfully narrated and written. It is not a thrill a minute mystery, but you get thoroughly caught up in the characters and you don't want to stop listening. Personally, I think this book should be required reading for any course on race relations or the history of the civil rights movement.
I agree with the other reviews. Except I would like a sequel. I wanted to here more backround about Minnie's employer and her life before she married her husband. It was like listening to a play with all the voice talent who did a great job. I also would like to follow Skeeter's future life.
This book was superbly written and superbly read. I knew within the first hour that it was going to be the best book I've ever listened to, and I've listened to hundreds. This is a book you don't want to miss and don't want to read on paper. My husband and I listened spellbound as we drove on vacation. I was even willing to start the book over so he could catch up, and it was well worth listening to it a second time. The only other book I've listened to that came even close was Pat Conroy's "Lords of Discipline."
My 80-year old mother was a "colored" maid from the 1950's to 1990's and grew up in Yazoo City, Mississippi. She used to take me to work with her to the homes she cleaned, and prided herself in the quality of her work. Katheryn Stockett and the brilliant actressess that read "the Help" took me back in time when I bonded with my mother and her "white children", much like Constance bonded with Skeeter. Listening to the book has made me proud to be her son and I can not wait to share the listen with her.