This is a brilliantly narrated story of the triumph of humanity over convention. We baby boomers all lived through it, each of us in our own place and our own experience... Kathryn Sockett transcends both time, place and race in her intricate weaving of the character of giving and taking. The narrators are just plain dazzling.
This has been a joy to listen to. The readers make the story come to life. It is a well written tale of life in the 60's in the turbulent south. It opened my eyes to an era I didn't live through, thankfully. A difficult and tense topic was handled with candor and humor, with a little well deserved revenge that had me laughing out loud! I hated to see the book come to an end, and this is one I'd love to see come to the big screen (if they would do it justice!) I understand it is the author's first book. I am already looking forward to her next one. Kudos to Kathryn Stockett!
I selected The Help as my first audiobook download and I'm not sure if it's going to be possible for another book to match the enjoyment I experienced while listening to this book. I truly did not want it to end. I thought the actors did a spectacular job of reading their parts and the author wrote a beautiful, heartfelt and honest story. I love historical fiction so it was an added bonus for me that the subject matter was pivotal time in our country's history.
This was hands down the BEST audio book I've ever listened to. I'm listening to it for the 2nd time now and I STILL look forward to getting into my car and commuting to and from work. Also it's not a book that I feel is too graphic for my 7 year old too listen to. For sure no worse than some of the songs on the radio!! Oh yeah and this is the first time I've felt compelled to write a review... For anything....EVER... :)
The subject matter was very interesting and the telling of the story both heartrenching and compelling. The creative way the cultural paradigms were juxtaposed and the development of the characters was spellbinding. I was caught up in the emotional intensity of beliefs and the whirlwind of moral outrage. The voices and dialects were perfect for me and the characters came alive in my ear!
I really loved this book...obviously...everyone loved it!? The narrators really made this book come alive. I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks, and this is by far the best match of story with narrators. I so wish the Audiobook publishers could learn a lesson from this - too many good books are ruined by bad narrators!
The narration makes an incredible story even better. I was so absorbed by these characters that I extended my runs to listen longer. A week after finishing, I'm still thinking about the storyline and its lessons. This is a book you must listen to - especially if you or your mother grew up in the south.