"Love it, love it, love it!"
I hadn't heard of this book and stumbled across it by chance. I thought it sounded ok but I wasn't overwhelmed by the blurb but all the reviewer enthused so much about it I thought I had to give it a go and I'm so glad I did. This is the best thing I've read in ages, I loved every single minute of it. The characters are fantastic and the narration is superb. This is definately worth the download. I listen on my commute and found myself standing outside my front door not wanting to open it because it would mean turning the book off.
Would I have enjoyed this book as much without the rich voices of the narrators? I don't think so, particularly not being american. I really enjoyed this book as an audio, very well written, possibly a little long, but I think it needed to be.
Loved this audiobook. The use of 4 different narrators really helped bring all the different characters to life and it was more like listening to a play rather than a book. One of the best listens that I have had from Audible and would highly recomment this
The book itself is wonderful, but the narrators add a dimension that I might have missed in reading it from the page. That is not something I would find very often. Suffice it to say that the performance is absolutely second to none. A tour de force.
This book is a bit slow to start with and it takes a while to get into the accents, but suddenly you find yourself with the characters experiencing their lives, their thoughts, hopes and fears from their points of view. You really feel as if you are a fly on the wall in their lives, and miss them when the book has finished.
As a bonus this book is beautifully read by several different voices so you don't have one narrator trying unsuccessfully to represent several very different characters. Some narrators just don't sound anything like their characters, but in this book they were perfect for each one. Well worth listening to and would make a great film.
Good story line, very well delivered and very thought provoking! I normally only listen to audio books when I can't sleep but I couldn't put this one down throughout the day also.
"Live Jackson in the 60s..."
I had read this book in paperback and loved it. You feel for these women in Jackson, you rile at the inequality, the unfairness, the bullying, the ignorance. But it is never sentimental. I loved the way the local accents were written in the book and could almost hear those women speaking.
However the audio version brings their idioms, accents and grammatical quirks alive. It is beautifully read, perfectly pitched. Every character's personality is recognisable. You are there in Jackson. You feel the wet heat, the fear, the deference. This audio version is better than the book. It's brilliant. Do listen to it.
"The Help - Brilliant"
This was the best audio book I have ever listened to. The characters were brilliant and I couldn't put my ipod down. I have been a member for 3 years and listened to a lot of books but I enjoyed this one the most by far - it was sad, happy, funny but mostly educational about a world that is thankfully in the past.
"My very favourite audiobook."
Simply the very best audiobook I have heard. Beautifully narrated, an extraordinary story, characters I fully believed in & cared about deeply. I cried at the end, mainly because I wanted to carry on listening to their stories. I have recommended it to many friends & so far everyone has enjoyed it as much as I did.
"I loved this book!"
It was gripping; the characters were well drawn and believable and the readers' voices were really convincing.