I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.
Yes. I read it when it was first released in hardback. Then I heard the Norwegian audio-version. The English version in audio is my third meeting with this masterpiece.
Minnie: Two words: Chocolate pie
You can't pick one. You need one to understand the situation.
This book is the perfect first-fiction listen. My friend who has never heard an audiobook said: "Even I want to hear this."
Yes, as a reminder that this was all happening in the last 40-50 years!
The developing friendship between the 2 main characters.
The celebration (undercover) when the book was published.
Minnie, she was strong & stroppy!
I think this is one of the best books I have read recently, great story
I enjoyed this book so much I went out and bought the movie which is very close to the book
The audio version takes you into the cadences of deep south Mississippi. You quite literally hear and feel the rhythm of the time. This ability to transport you into the story is one of the delights of audio books.
Tied up the loose ends though it did leave Abileen's future somewhat uncertain, especially compared to the other characters.
I wouldn't rename it!
An enjoyable "must-read", what ever format you choose.
I haven't read the print version but I would say that the narrators made this wonderfully written book come alive for me. I have seen the movie and I think the audio book is much better.
Abilieen's relationship with Baby Girl and Lil' Man was for me the most touching and gut wrenching.
For sheer belly laugh funny it has to be the toilets on the lawn.
I think I might take Minny...that way I could be sure she wasn't cooking!
Every once in a while an audio book comes along that makes an everlasting impression. This is one of those books from the superb writing to the breathtaking narration The Help is an all round winner!
It ranks in the top five so far.
There were lots of moments. Especially when something indelible was added to a dish!
Mini by Octavia spencer . The narrator of Aibileen was soothing.
Mini was my favourite. She was spunky and bold.
Beautifully performed. Lots of layers. Could feel the tension while just listening in bed.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it took me on an interesting and thought provoking journey to segregated Jackson Mississippi USA in the 1960's. The book provides perspective from both the black maids and the privileged white co-existed in the at times appallingly racist environment.
I was particularly moved by the interactions between children and their negro carers, especially where the (white) mothers were unwilling or unable to show depth of love and attention. From the modern perspective, it shocks and amazes me that these mothers were only too happy to allow the 'help' to be intimately involved with day to day care of their children (nappies etc.) but still supported segregation and racism. Talk about double standards. The sadness of the 'help' regarding the changing attitudes of children as they grow (presumably most take on their parents prejudices) was also very moving for me.
Having read the book before the movie was useful, gave me a lot more information and insight as there was a lot more breadth and depth to the story in the printed version.
The storyline is a superb representation of the American South in the 60s
The accents, the articulation, the nuances are all part of the story - help build the story for the reader/listener
The whole book is moving
Absolutely loved it!
Yes, the characters have faces, they come to life
Minnie getting revenge
Minnie, she was feisty but soft and warm too
I liked the ending in the movie better than the book