I bought this book with a discount and was planning to stop my account with Audible. One too many narrations that put me to sleep. This book has changed my mind. It is very well narrated and the plot is not only spellbinding, but very realistic. I have held my breath more than once when one of the characters finds herself in a very harrowing situation. I can't stop listening. I highly reccomend this.
This is the most ideal piece of work that I have come across in fiction for a long long time.From the first sentence the experience was captivating and enthralling. I loved every moment of it and did not want the book to end. The narration is believable and adds to the value further. I am unsure if I want to read or listen to another book now, as it will defnitely fall short of this mark.
This book is intense, lovely and pure. Represents the true hardship that black people had to go throw during the 1950s and 60s. Full of accurate character figures and a well read storyline.
(Beware very emotional)
Wouldn't this earth be a better place if we could all stand up to the miss Hilly's of this world and tell them to butt out, they are wrong.
In a similar time frame as the "secret world of bees", a story of contemporary American society in turbulent times, that needed to be told. I'd love the story to go on with a sequel......
Such a well performed book. Each of the narrators do such a wonderful job of bringing their characters to life. The story is fabulous. Respect is Key to good relationships regardless of whether its between employee and employer, parent and child, husband and wife... Whether you're blacked, white, green with pink polka dots, we all want and deserve a particular level of basic respect.
Its hard to pick just one character, Abeline shows wisdom, kindness, bravery and grace, but Minnie is so passionate and I'm so much more like her and her big mouth. Skeeter is young and naive but manages it all.
There is already a movie about it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was educational, entertaining, engaging and caught at the emotions. Presented by some amazing talent I kept looking for moments to listen. I even cleaned the silverware (a task I am sure the "Help" were happy to let me look after) and kept listening. I was sad when it came to the end. I felt I was leaving some friends behind, but excited about the world that was ahead for them.
I did enjoy listening to the relationship build between the tough, willing-to-say-it-like-it-is maid and her ditzy mistress. When the "naked man" appears out in the yard it's hilarious and terrifying at the same time. What are they going to do? Will they be killed? Will they do the killing? Will there be repercussions? The author's descriptions of all parties and the narration of that piece is quite memorable. It made me chuckle, fear and go "ouch" all in a matter minutes.
I loved the multiple voices. All the performers were so easy to listen to. Their interpretations of each other were spot on. The different narration propelled you through the story and gave you natural pause points - should you need them. They were emotive and real. You felt you were really meeting and getting to know each of the ladies involved.
So many moments. So much hardship. So many triumphs. It's hard to mention specifics here without needing to give a "spoiler" alert. I did love the reaction of the African American church to the young white author who had put so much on the line to attempt to publish the stories of these women. She had become isolated from her own community, but they welcomed her into their circle not only for the moment but always.
This was the first download from Audiblle, and it did not disappoint.
Mrs. Foot, because she deserves a chance
I am considering another title from the same author. I could not put The Help down!