The Help book is so much better than the movie which takes references from the book and places them out of context and perspective. That said, the movie was excellent if you seperate it as a different beast!
The beautiful voices of the narrators bought The Help audiobook alive with humour and sensitivity. I am from New Zealand and would have found it more difficult appreciate the depth of language in the book with it's content of Southern American dialogue, if reading it on the page.
I have laughed and commiserated with the maids and suitably disliked Hilly with her smug accent and attitudes.
The maids speech is eloquent and descriptive and Skeeter is believable as she begins to question her own beliefs and the behaviour of her peers and superiors towards "the help"
This audiobook was fantastic. I listened to it walking, driving, cleaning the house and while putting on my make-up. It's that good :)
It's also the best narration I've come across in an audiobook. Beautifully read, a great story line and wonderful characters.
I'm sad to finish this. I wish there were a part two.
Download now, that's an order!
I haven't finished the book yet (also feeling reluctant to get there!) but I agree with many of the positive reviews about this book. It has a compelling plot and the undercurrent of violence running through the story makes for real suspense and tension. I loved the relationship between Minnie and Celia, and how Celia is also an outsider, experiencing class rather than racial prejudice. I loved the scene when Minnie and Celia see off the naked man and Minnie's eyes are opened to Celia's ability to fight.
I thought as an examination of prejudice it was fascinating how the author talked about the "lines" being drawn and how, for example, Celia just didn't seem to grasp these lines.
I also found the accents and the reading superb.
I'm teaching "The Secret Life of Bees" at the moment and so was pleased to read another novel set in that time, and also have been setting an English comprehension about the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, one of the lions of the Civil Rights movement who died at 89, the same day as Steve Jobs, and who should have had equal world-wide coverage for the extraordinary achievements of his life - being bombed, beaten-up, arrested countless times, miraculously surviving 15 sticks of dynamite exploding under his window, among other things.
We really enjoyed the story. IT is amazing how far we have come and how far we still hae to go in getting people on an equal footing in all walks of life.
the narrator was great.
The narrators for this book were excellent and I really felt like I was in Jackson Mississippi. I even started talking with a southern accent! The story flowed well and had enough twists and turns to keep it interesting. I enjoyed learning about this aspect of American history. I listened every spare minute!
You will not regret getting this. It is a wonderful story, with fabulous narrators. You won't be able to turn it off.
I was sorry when it finished because I just wanted it to keep going - the characters will become your friends.
I couldn't wait to finish work each day to get back to this book. The story was beautifully crafted and certainly thought provoking for someone raised so far from the issues confronted in the book. Every character was illumimated by the narrators who I thought were perfectly cast. I loved this book and I know I'll listen to it again.
I loved this book. It is well read by the various narrators and so believable. I am just hoping that the author will follow up with another book on some of the characters.