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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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    Chris Kings Langley, Australia 09-14-11
    Chris Kings Langley, Australia 09-14-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliant listening"

    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.

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    Maara Brisbane, Australia 09-10-11
    Maara Brisbane, Australia 09-10-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely Worth Every Penny - The Help"

    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.

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    Wood Carlisle, Australia 09-06-11
    Wood Carlisle, Australia 09-06-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful"
    What did you love best about The Help?

    After seeing the movie I listened to this book, very impressed made me feel i was there


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

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    Lyn 09-03-11
    Lyn 09-03-11
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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 2014
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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.

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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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  • Amandine
    Harrogate, United Kingdom
    1/29/14
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    "Amazing !"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Couldn't turn off the app at the end of each day. I could easily have listened this book in one sitting.


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    Fantastic book ! It was my first audible book and I don't regret it.

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  • Joy Fancutt-Burger
    St. Albans, United Kingdom
    1/21/14
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    "Excellent!"

    What a read, it kept me interested all the way through. I had a few very late nights because I couldn't stop listening. The subject is intriguing to me and I went through the whole gamut of feelings with it. The narration made me feel like I was listening to the sound track of a movie, it was first-class!! Well done all.

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  • Nicola
    London, United Kingdom
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    "What great voices!"

    This is beautifully read throughout, each voice is so clear and really lets Kathryn's story shine.

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  • Claire
    cheshire, United Kingdom
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    "an amazing audio performance...extraordinary!"
    What did you like most about The Help?

    This is truly is an wonderful audiobook.
    The story is brilliant, but the performances are the best I have ever heard on an Audiobook.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The beauty of this story is in the subtlety.
    It is essentially a civil rights story, but by looking at this huge topic through the lens of the daily lives of a small group of women, brings it to life and makes it very easy to relate to.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The performances were so engaging, it made me laugh and cry in equal measure.
    The actresses in the film version were very good, but in my opinion these audio performances were even stronger.


    Any additional comments?

    If only all stories were so well written, and Audiobooks were so beautifully performed!

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  • Rebecca
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    "Still My Favourite Listen of All Time"

    I've worked for Audible UK for almost 4 years now, and this is still the book I recommend to anyone who asks for a great first listen. The wonderful 4-part narration (including Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer) paired with this moving and thoughtful story make a truly great audiobook. Listen to this!!

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  • Richard
    Derby, United Kingdom
    12/28/13
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    "Very well played with each chapter"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The cast who read this are one of the very few that make there characters their own


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  • Fay
    Norbury, United Kingdom
    12/19/13
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    "Tale of comeuppance & reward. Brilliant."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I would. The story is touching the characters are not one-dimensional and you get a sense of the era and place. The best thing is this story shows the interaction between the two sides of a community, needing each other but resenting each other but goodness wins out.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miss Hilly. She was rotten to the core . I had to laugh at her meanness. The revenge was sweet but I could feel her insecurity despite having all she desired she remained the pathetic poor little rich girl .


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

    All the characters were portrayed so well it is difficult to decide which is the best. All very were very realistic.


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

    Well worth watching.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • susan
    BRISTOL, United Kingdom
    12/15/13
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    "Intriguing"
    What made the experience of listening to The Help the most enjoyable?

    This story gave you an insight into the history of the struggle the black people had to endure in America. Especially the women. I would not say it was an enjoyable read but a very interesting and knowledgable one.


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

    Difficult to say without giving away the stories. There were many parts that I felt sorrowful.


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

    I enjoyed all of them.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I would go back several times just to clarify certain parts of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    It would make a good drama for TV.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • elouise
    Folkestone, United Kingdom
    12/11/13
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    "The best audiobook I have ever listened to!! Ever!"
    If you could sum up The Help in three words, what would they be?

    Enthralling, moving, fantastic


    What other book might you compare The Help to, and why?

    Completely different to my usual pick


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

    Loved them all


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth my precious credit. Loved this book so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    12/8/13
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    "Couldn't put it down"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Help to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the paper version but the audiobook brought the story to life with the expression and range of voices.


    What other book might you compare The Help to, and why?

    Any Victoria hislop novel because it easy to read but historically educational too.


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

    Minnie. Her rebellious actions brought comic relief to the plot.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole story is moving highlighting the difficult black history of America.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. I never wanted to pause it and became absorbed in the plot. A must read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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