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.
Loved every second of it and couldn't stop listening until I was finished! Narration was amazing too!
loved it. very thoughtprovoking and upsetting. loved minnie. what a star. gone off pie though
Such a great book' I never watched the film I wasn't interested but I will now definitely. Brilliant listen but I wish it would have let us know how skitter got on in New York!! 😫
"A must read"
Have listened to the book and watched the film.
It is a brilliant story and well written.
One of the best books I've read in ages, totally captivating and the performances really got you into it! Can't believe it's set in the 60s, and is still so potent today. It really makes you think.
"just one word...amazing:)"
the only thing was that it was long... I had to go to bed and couldn't finish the story in one go:)
"Makes you look back in shame at history"
Yes definitely, the narrators were excellent, the book thought provoking and makes you think long and hard about how white people used to be. Shameful behaviour, but everyone allowed it to happen - it just took one person to be humane to start the change in history.
Hmm, difficult one. I'm not sure I've read anything like it but it did make me think of the Second World War and how the behaviour in the German Prisoner of War camps etc was 'allowed' to happen by so many choosing to go with the flow and ignore what was in their own back yard.
The narrators were fabulous, made all the characters come alive.
Their gain, our shame.
"An eye-opener: history through fiction"
For some reason I had thought this was a comedy. It was not. It really opened my eyes to the insulting way white southern American people treated their household staff as late as the sixties. I wanted to slap some of these privileged southern women for their thoughtless remarks and actions. Slavery may be over but a different kind of slavery existed then, and probably still does. As a British-Canadian the picture painted of the subservient misery visited upon the black people in fairly recent times shocked me. The underlying story is of one enlightened young white woman writing a book about the lives of black staff in her community with their secret help; but it is Pyrrhic victory, as we are left with the concern that those hardworking ladies will meet with the vengeance of their employers whose secrets have been exposed. The reading, by the way, is brilliant and made it like listening to a dramatic performance. Excellent. I would love an updated sequel.
This is a beautiful book, and the performance of the different readers is really wonderful. Highly recommended
"Excellent & moving story"
I very much enjoyed the narrators performance.
Yes, although it is fairly long so I didn't manage it!
I adored the film but the book really flees out some of the details. I loved every second
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