I have found that I really love stories told in multiple voices, and this one is a perfect example of why that style works.
The book's summary didn't entice me, but the rave reviews did, although, as a born-and-bred Southerner, I was still a little dubious - I thought it might be insulting, self-righteous or just silly. However, I found the story engaging and plausible, and the characters quite likable. And the readers! Their voices were warm and caring, feisty and funny, heartbreaking and sincere.
To a "Grits" (girl raised in the South) like me, the attitudes depicted rang true. I remember when my grandmother had a toilet installed in her basement for her maid, whom she really "loved", but whose wastes she honestly believed might be hazardous to her health! These beliefs were so deeply ingrained through generations, I'm just glad that there were a few intelligent, caring and BRAVE people down here who were willing to take the risks that these women took. And now we have a black president - AND racial profiling all at the same time - at least that shows SOME progress, even though racism is FAR from over!
I just finished this book and loved it! The story was great and the narration was very easy on the ears. You will NOT be disappointed.
One of the best books I have ever read or listened to. Wonderful story line, great characters, funny, suspenseful -- and in this audio format, exceptional narration. I have purchased a hard copy of this book for myself, and as gifts for a number of friends. Very highly recommended.
I rarely rate books all 5 stars (saving that for the best of the best), but this is certainly deserving. The plot, the characters, the narrators, the writing -- all are perfect. My husband, who is typically the spy/adventure type reader, loved it just as much as I did. We talked about it for days after finishing. It was hard to stop listening and I was sad when it was over. I'll listen again.
Wow, what a great story--I did not want it to end. I feel as though I know Skeeter and Minnie, Miss Celia an the rest of the characters personally. What a wonderful story Kathryn has written, and the readers: Cassandra, Jenna, Octavia, and Bahni--if there is an Award Ceremony for Readers--these 3 women should each get an Oscar! Thanks to all of you for such a great story and great entertainment.
I will be watching for Kathryn's next book with much anticipation!!
I usually do not make the time to rate things, but I absolutely LOVED "The Help". It was a delightful book, read by very talented readers.
I totally enjoyed it!
wow, i can honestly say this book will ruin you for a while - i think that Audible should honestly think twice about having it as a choice...it is so good (and the narration is so incredible) that i can't find myself listening to anything else for a while...it has been 2 weeks since i finished it and have tried 4 other books and really can't get into them because i miss this one so much and nothing has been able to touch it...everyone should either read or, better yet, listen to this book right now!
This has got to be the best audio book I've experienced in the past 4 years. I spent 12 hours in the car recently, and the trip flashed by while I was totally transported by this engaging, heartwarming saga. The voices were perfect, the imagery vivid, and the characters like close friends. Absolutely loved it! I'm hoping for a sequel.