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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

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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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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • Louise
    Canterbury, United Kingdom
    12/7/13
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    "Wonderful"
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    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.

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  • Sam.miller88
    aberdare, United Kingdom
    12/6/13
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    "Didn't want it to end!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Help to be better than the print version?

    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!


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

    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!


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

    The start of whole new way


    Any additional comments?

    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

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  • Mrs
    Emsworth, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "My read of the year"
    Where does The Help rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book as a piece of social history although it is in fictional form.

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  • Miss
    Northampton, United Kingdom
    11/17/13
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    "Loved it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes because it good


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was readied so well


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I enjoyed every bit


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

    Yes I laugh and I cried


    Any additional comments?

    This was the best audible I have heard!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca
    11/7/13
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    "Kept me guessing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an important story and reads like a thriller.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The various narrators' voices added a lot of interest and made it easier to imagine the different characters. This was a real plus.


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

    Very tense and compelling.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. Valerie B. Oneill
    southampton hampshire uk
    11/7/13
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    "BRILLIANT FUNNY SAD BOOK"
    Would you listen to The Help again? Why?

    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


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aibileen she was so strong and wise


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    so difficult as theres so many individual moments that i enjoyed


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

    again the book was full of lovely sad funny bittersweet moments from descriptions of the areas to behaviour of the whites against the blacks


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Nanra
    Ealing, United Kingdom
    11/3/13
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    "Impressive reading of a captivating story"
    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

    All the characters were realised brilliantly in the audio format.


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

    The quiet, powerful strength of Aibileen


    Any additional comments?

    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'!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lorna
    High Wycombe, buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
    10/24/13
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    "Couldn't stop"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Help to be better than the print version?

    Yes - you really hear the emotion through the women reading the parts, you get swept along in each of their stories.


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

    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.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    raw emotion. they just reach out and touch your heart and challenge your preconceptions with their words and thoughts.


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

    The story of the outside toilet


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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