Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child.
Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue.
Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married.
Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen, and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.
©2009 Kathryn Stockett (P)2009 Penguin Audio
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.
Intersting, funny, heartwarming
The story about Constantine
When the church gave Ms Skeeter the autographed book
I can highly recommend The help. I am excited to see the movie.
I loved listening to this book.The story was well written and flowed smoothly The narrators also did the voices well, each was unique and well suited for the role. Awesome book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I really enjoyed this book and they way it was read. I got really involved with the characters. Well worth a listen.
If you never read another book again you HAVE to listen to this marvellous story. Can't remember when I was ever, so upset to hear those two words. THE END! I actually said 'OH NO" out loud!I It was only the high star rating that encouraged me to buy this and thank goodness I did. I laughed and cried, was anxious and relived. I love that there is enough story in there for a sequel or even a saga. PLEASE Kathryn Stockett, don't end it here!
I see this book has been made into a movie. I can't imagine how the complex characters and emotion could possibly be portrayed in a movie - although I will be tempted to go and see it. Loved the book – loved everything about it.
"The best audiobook I have ever listened to!! Ever!"
Enthralling, moving, fantastic
Completely different to my usual pick
Loved them all
Well worth my precious credit. Loved this book so much.
"Couldn't put it down"
I haven't read the paper version but the audiobook brought the story to life with the expression and range of voices.
Any Victoria hislop novel because it easy to read but historically educational too.
Minnie. Her rebellious actions brought comic relief to the plot.
The whole story is moving highlighting the difficult black history of America.
I loved this book. I never wanted to pause it and became absorbed in the plot. A must read!
The performances across the board are quite stunning. The accents are like being dipped in auditory honey. The plot is tense and gripping and the book educates without being overly teachy or preachy. The seperate prisons the women inhabit become more and more obvious and beautifully drawn as the plot matures. It is impossible not to fall in love with the characters. I was genuinely sad to finish this one.
"Didn't want it to end!!!"
each chapter has different main characters and the audible version has a different narrator for each character, I found this brilliant and very different from anything else I have listened to. Also the fact that each character talked and sounded different made them more lovable and made me feel like I knew the characters a whole lot more!
There were a few most memorable moments, some that made me laugh out loud, some that made me outraged, some that even made me cry and most of all throughout the whole book I was gripped and desperate to find out what twist or turn happened next!
The start of whole new way
Very few books have the ability to have you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Many books are predictable and the same as a million other books, not this one though! I have read thousands of contemporary stories and once in a blue moon you come across something this good! A book for everybody, it'll have you feeling every emotion there is. I almost didn't want to hear the last chapter for fear of finishing the book
"My read of the year"
This is one of the best audio books I have listened to in terms of the content of the story and the quality of the reading and rates as one of the best books that I have read in recent years. I think that listening to it enhanced the overall experience as it was not necessary to read and enunciate the regional accents to oneself.
I thought that the prevailing intense atmosphere in Mississippi at that time is very well described and I attribute this to the fact that the author has personal experience of living there.
I had no particular favourite scene but I like the fact that there were constant references to current affairs such as the assassination of President Kennedy. I listenedto the book whilst staying in Florida and found local references to the desegregation of the beaches which only served to underpin that these were events that happened in my lifetime. Moreover Miss Hilly would have been born only just over a decade before me and there are, I imagine, many like her still living in the Deep South today.
I would recommend this book as a piece of social history although it is in fictional form.
Yes because it good
It was readied so well
I enjoyed every bit
Yes I laugh and I cried
This was the best audible I have heard!!
"Kept me guessing"
This is an important story and reads like a thriller.
The various narrators' voices added a lot of interest and made it easier to imagine the different characters. This was a real plus.
Very tense and compelling.
"BRILLIANT FUNNY SAD BOOK"
yes because it was such a such a strong story that i feel the more times i read it the more i will get from it
Aibileen she was so strong and wise
so difficult as theres so many individual moments that i enjoyed
again the book was full of lovely sad funny bittersweet moments from descriptions of the areas to behaviour of the whites against the blacks
"Impressive reading of a captivating story"
All the characters were realised brilliantly in the audio format.
The quiet, powerful strength of Aibileen
The actors narrating the book have done an amazing job in bringing the book to life. It's joy to listen to. The only criticism I have is of the book itself; it gives a single-sided perspective to this period in American history. It would have been interesting to hear the viewpoint of one of the white characters (like Hilly); fearful of any changes, blindly convinced of their superiority, full of inconsistencies where black maids cooked and looked after their children, but could still be thought of as 'diseased'!
Yes - you really hear the emotion through the women reading the parts, you get swept along in each of their stories.
The moment where they finally get some of other help to get involved with the book. It really crackles with hope of exposing the current way things are.
raw emotion. they just reach out and touch your heart and challenge your preconceptions with their words and thoughts.
The story of the outside toilet
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