I was a real pleasure listening to this book. Martin Jarvis is a master. He is perhaps my favorite narrator of all. His voice is lovely, and he has created a dozen or so unique character voices that he somehow manages to keep straight throughout. Moreover, he moves effortlessly between character and narrator, giving us a seamless listen.
The story itself is so rich in description and detail that I am transported body and soul to Victorian England. The dialog is beautifully written and makes me yearn for the gentility of centuries past.
The story is superbly woven and its characters so compelling I felt as if they were a part of my world. I will miss you my friends, especially dear Hema and Ghosh. The narration was perfect; Sunil Malhotra's Indian accent humanized the characters and developed my vested interest in the fate of each one. Despite the rave reviews, I had reservations about the length of the book, but by Chapter 2, I didn't want it to end. It's that good.
Kathryn Stockett gives us an enlightening (and often hilarious, believe it or not) look at racism in 1960's Mississippi through the eyes of 2 perspicacious black maids working for their privileged, socially-correct "white ladies". But we soon recognize that the real women of substance are, indeed, "the help". I loved the richly-developed characters and the pitch-perfect voices of the 4 readers who portrayed them. At the end, I just didn't want to say goodbye.
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