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An Interview with Kathryn Stockett, Author of 'The Help' | [Kathryn Stockett]

An Interview with Kathryn Stockett, Author of 'The Help'

Kathryn Stockett is the best-selling author of The Help, Audible's 2009 pick for Audiobook of the Year. In this interview she tells us about her role in choosing the book's narrator, and reveals what she's working on next.
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Publisher's Summary

Kathryn Stockett is the best-selling author of The Help, Audible's 2009 pick for Audiobook of the Year. In this interview she tells us about her role in choosing the book's narrator, and reveals what she's working on next.

About The Help:

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step. Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid, Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared, and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her 17th white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

Listen to The Help (Unabridged) by Kathryn Stockett.

©2009 Audible; (P)2009 Audible

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    Sylvia newark, NJ, United States 05-19-10
    Sylvia newark, NJ, United States 05-19-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Favorite Book"

    I could not wait to hear the interview with Kathryn Stockett. This was my favorite book and I really wanted to hear her perspective and intentions when she started writing "The Help"

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Gina Woodbridge, VA, United States 03-29-15
    Gina Woodbridge, VA, United States 03-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Nice Touch"

    What a nice touch to have an interview posted and available to listen to. I enjoyed the book and movie. Glad to hear about the author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Seeberger 02-01-15
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    "Good for fans"

    If you have already read the book, the interview will be interesting. If not, you'll be lost. She asks a lot of questions about specific characters and plot lines. She doesn't give away a lot (which is good) but doesn't ask a lot of questions to introduce a new reader to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Solymar 08-16-12
    Solymar 08-16-12
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    "Listen to the book first!!!"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    This interview let's in more than it should, giving away part of the end of the book. My advice is get the book first!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie United States 07-03-12
    Jamie United States 07-03-12 Member Since 2015

    Born, raised, and live in Hawaii. Married with one cat. My favorite way to drive my car is to listen to a great audiobook at the same time. Addicted to the Pendergast novels of Preston and Child. Also love autobiographies narrated by the author, usually a celebrity of some sort.

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    "Interesting interview"
    Where does An Interview with Kathryn Stockett, Author of 'The Help' rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    around the middle, considering it is a recording of an interview over the phone.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love the book The Help, you should be interested in the interview with the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lis Soderberg 05-25-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "wonderful insight into the creation of "The Help""
    Would you listen to An Interview with Kathryn Stockett, Author of 'The Help' again? Why?

    Have already listened twice; I found the insight re: "The Help" fascinating, and was moved and impressed by the author's commitment to authenticity and integrity in the telling of that story (and presumably any other writing or speaking she does).

    I will almost certainly listen again, either before (finally) seeing the movie or afterwards.


    Any additional comments?

    I always like to read about the creative process, but I especially enjoyed this. My next reading of the book (or watching of the movie) will be further enriched by having listened to this, and I'm now even more interested in reading anything else Ms. Stockett may write in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey 05-22-12
    Tracey 05-22-12
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    "Informative"

    I loved hearing the personal side of this story. Ms. Stockett has a grasp on the culture and feel of the era.

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    vj iselin, NJ, United States 05-16-12
    vj iselin, NJ, United States 05-16-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Good Story"
    What did you like best about An Interview with Kathryn Stockett, Author of 'The Help'? What did you like least?

    Best is the narration level.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of An Interview with Kathryn Stockett, Author of 'The Help'?

    She patiently gave multiple reviews


    Would you be willing to try another one of Diana Dapito’s performances?

    yes. i will try another title as well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JennieLynn Sedgwick, KS, United States 05-12-12
    JennieLynn Sedgwick, KS, United States 05-12-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great interview with an adorable freshman novelist"

    I listened to this after I finished "The Help" because I wanted a little more of Kathryn Stockett's own story. She is so adorable and humbled by the success of her novel, it is a joy to listen to her discuss it.

    Includes some back story about the voice talent on the audio book and some news on the movie (which of course is out by this time, but was just in discussions during the interview), which shows the connection to the audio book and the movie. She also discusses other projects that she was working on that don't seem to be available on Audible or Amazon, so I'm interested to see where those are at or if they are going to happen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    rsinghal+046 London, NJ, United States 12-20-11
    rsinghal+046 London, NJ, United States 12-20-11 Listener Since 2010

    I heard a good book today!

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    "Good Interview"

    This interview helped me deciding book purchase.Great interview and the book in in my library now.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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