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The Help | [Kathryn Stockett]

The Help

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Sunset United States 09-05-11
    Sunset United States 09-05-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Couldn't stop listening"
    If you could sum up The Help in three words, what would they be?

    Intersting, funny, heartwarming


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Help?

    The story about Constantine


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the church gave Ms Skeeter the autographed book


    If you could rename The Help, what would you call it?

    The help


    Any additional comments?

    I can highly recommend The help. I am excited to see the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    welcome2011 perth, Australia 09-04-11
    welcome2011 perth, Australia 09-04-11
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    "Refreshing."

    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lyn Bargo, Australia 09-03-11
    Lyn Bargo, Australia 09-03-11 Member Since 2011
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    "The help was a fantastic surprise"

    One of the best books I have listened to in a long time. Disappointed when the end was reached

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Narelle Narrabundah, Australia 07-29-11
    Narelle Narrabundah, Australia 07-29-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book"

    I really enjoyed this book and they way it was read. I got really involved with the characters. Well worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Damian Blackheath, Australia 07-24-11
    Damian Blackheath, Australia 07-24-11
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    "The voice acting is first class"

    This book is worth listening too on the strength of the voice acting alone. The story itself is enjoyable but harmless.

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    Delma Ormiston, Australia 06-26-11
    Delma Ormiston, Australia 06-26-11
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    "A Must Read/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!

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    Esther Robina, Australia 05-29-11
    Esther Robina, Australia 05-29-11
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    "Loved this"

    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.

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    Rochelle Dunedin, New Zealand 08-21-11
    Rochelle Dunedin, New Zealand 08-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Good enough"

    This is an excellent book. The naivety I initially attributed to the character Skeeter actually characterises the entire book. It is a good book, but it is just too "nice". Where things could & probably would go wrong they are fairly neatly tied up & anything nasty that is happening is tucked away behind the scenes. Perhaps the author intended subtlety, which the book certainly has. We get hints & I don't want things spelled out to me but it just feels lightly sugar coated. The narration is superb.

    After reading the reviews I thought this book would be better than it is.

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  • Amelia
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    7/23/13
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    "Agree with the majority on this one"

    I thought the narrative was fab and really helped tell the story and the story itself really gave an insight into life at the time. I so so enjoyed this work and was sad when the book was over. I cared about all the characters and even the nasty ones I was interested to find out what happened to them. I wish there was a sequel.

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  • Lee
    Redditch, United Kingdom
    7/16/13
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    "I couldn't turn it off / put it down."
    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Having a different narrator for each of the main character chapters really added to the audio book, and made it easier to know whose perspective you were hearing the story from at anyone time.


    Any additional comments?

    I was unsure about listening to this book, as it not a genre I would typically listen to. However, I was so glad I did. I couldn't turn it off, I always wanted to know what would happen to next in their lives, and the writer has a really good way of teasing you with an answer but not giving it when you think your just about to find out.

    A little sad it ended, and more gripped that some of the action/crime books I have recently read.

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  • Leya
    London, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Truly brilliant - a classic for the future"

    When a book makes you occasionally laugh out loud, has your eyes brimming with tears or has you shouting at the pages through empathy and anger, you know the author has a very rare talent. 'The Help' is one such book.

    A thoroughly enjoyable book that is destined to become a classic. I wish I could give it more than five stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lynda Cookson
    Ireland
    7/8/13
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    "Excellent. Brilliantly read. Humurous and serious."
    Would you listen to The Help again? Why?

    Absolutely. So well read you slip into the mental pictures painted and don't want to leave. I'd listen again simply to enjoy the accents portrayed and to pick up small details I may have missed the first time around. Would listen more than once again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the empathy the readers used to portray the characters and the skill employed to bring the written word to life. It's a difficult subject to tackle and I feel it was done very well indeed.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, haven't heard the narrators before. But this was excellent.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Painful arrogance slayed by truth and respect.


    Any additional comments?

    Having grown up in South Africa in apartheid's prime years, I was interested to hear a different perspective, with different behavioural patterns, for an international age-old, complex, raw and volatile subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carolyn
    Derby, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Absorbing"

    I have already read this book many times as I just love the story but I think I enjoyed the audio version even more. Fantastically well read/acted and I was completely absorbed. I normally only listen to comedy audio books but I am so glad that I took a chance and downloaded this. Cannot recommend highly enough. Brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • shirlana
    london, United Kingdom
    7/2/13
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    "WOW!"

    Big change from what i normally listern to but i was so drawn in but this.

    loved it, recommended.

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  • ET
    Edinburgh Scotland
    6/30/13
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    "Wonderful !"

    Funny, touching and didn't want to take my headphones off ! I was immersed in the American South.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. N. M. Flanagan
    Ireland
    6/29/13
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    "Times have changed"
    What made the experience of listening to The Help the most enjoyable?

    The narrators were so good.I felt I knew all the characters very well and I looked forward to meeting each one as they reappeared throughout the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Help?

    I loved the story of Aibhilin toilet training the little girl.This encapsulated the essence of the book -,love,bigotry,similarity and humour and the fact that our lives are shaped by those closest to us in childhood..


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

    The characters were so different and I felt the narrators created the essence of each one.I loved Minnie and Aibhilin.


    Any additional comments?

    A lovely book.Shocking to think that life was like this in my life time and continues to be like this in some places.Made me examine my attitudes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carrie
    Tideswell, UK
    6/28/13
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    "Just perfect!"
    Would you listen to The Help again? Why?

    I so rarely want to listen to audiobooks more than once - I normally just delete and move onto the next one. But The Help will be a book I go back to again (and possibly again!).

    The gentle storyline is superbly narrated by the different voices for the various chapters - and the story unfolds through the eyes of a group of amazing characters. The characters develop through the book and the strong bonds between "The Help" and their employer families are touching.

    I usually go for crime/thriller/biography books - but I'm so glad I took a chance on this one. It was just perfect!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L. Hunter
    France
    6/26/13
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    "Brilliant book!"
    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Brilliant narration throughout, I loved listening to the Southern drawl and the fact that there was more than one narrator.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a lot in places, especially when it came to Minnie's character.


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely loved this book and it is the best audiobook I have listened too so far thanks to both the story and the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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