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
This is a book which is hard to stop listening to, the type we are all looking for. The story is wonderful and very moving as it describes the different conditions of life and views between black and white people during the civil rights movement in the 60s. The story also pictures the situtation of the white children being cared for by their black nannies, a situation which put them inbetween two different worlds. The characters in the book are read by different voices, which are wonderful to listen to and they all make the book come alive. I envy all of you who have not yet listened to this book.
cared for by the black "Helpers" during daytime, which I found both moving and interesting.
This is the first time I've felt compelled to write a review for anything, but I can't even remember the last time I enjoyed a book this much. It's the perfect match of an incredibly good story that's really well read ...and it's taught me so much!
Both the writing and the narration were effortless. I totally agree with the person below who said "Time Traveler" - I feel like I've existed in two places at once for the few weeks or so that I've been listening to this novel. This is a compassionate and redemptive story and my only regret is that it's over (I wept real tears when it finished). I will miss having The Help in my life.
Wow, what a story. I could not stop listening. I loved all the narrators and the characters were all so multi layered and fascinating. "Maymobally" was an interesting choice for the name of a white baby girl i thought but, so cute. I just want to wrap my arms around all those "maids" and give then a big old hug. Even "Mini". What more can I say. Loved it!
The Help is beautifully written, It takes you back to the early 1960's and lets you glimpse into a world that many thought would never change. If you enjoy books about real people and their life stories, then you should enjoy THE HELP, I certainly did!
I love listening to books when cycling, paddleboarding, etc but I press pause when I need to concentrate. Its safer & I don't lose the plot!
Yes. It was pure quality. A riveting listen from the outset. It is the kind of book you can't put down, or in this case can't press 'stop'.
Well, I guess its a sentimental feel-good story, and maybe I am a sucker for these. But it was a fascinating portrayal of a time, not so long ago, when African Americans, liberated from slavery for a century, still lived under an oppression resembling slavery. The characters are richly drawn and the story is captivating
They were all tremendous but I guess Minnie just pips it to the post
Miss Hillie, because I would put a special little ingredient in the recipe
I cried a couple of times!
I was hooked from the first chapter and loved all the different narrators, they really helped this story come to life. It was a really memorable story.
"I so enjoyed this!"
Beautifully written, with the humour lifting the moments of tragedy. Tears, laughter....this book has it all. I know this book would be equally fabulous if just read, but the wonderfully colourful Southern accents make this audio version a joy. A really uplifting story - so glad I downloaded it.
"A stunning first novel"
Every now and again one comes across a book that stays with you for days after you've finished it and that leaves one deeply moved by the powerfulness of the story. This is such a book: it had me laughing and holding back tears by turns and eager to find out what happens next. It is narrated by different voices that bring the characters to life better, I think, than reading the book on the page. The stories of the black maids and their selfish, racially prejudiced employers vividly illustrates the terrible things that happened in the Deep South of the States until relatively recently. I'm old enough to remember the early 60s, the Klu Klux Klan lynchings, the historic speech by Martin Luther King and the assassination of President Kennedy that occur during the time in which the book is set.
It's an astonishing first novel. I don't know anything about the authoress but she has created a wonderfully sympathetic story that should make any remaining racists fell ashamed.
"Perfect, well almost."
Written in three voices, this novel is perfect for audio. The three readers are excellent - easy to listen to and bring the story alive. I didn't favour one character over another as they are all equally good. I can't really add more to what the other reviewers have said but I've been a member of audible for over 3 years now, downloading at least 24 books a year and this is my second favourite listen after 'Restless'.
I've never been moved to write a review before but this audiobook was so utterly gripping, touching and wonderfully narrated that I felt I had to. I usually listen to audiobooks while doing menial lab work or while training but this book gripped me so much that I could not stop listening. I went for walks just as an excuse to have it on, I shunned my workmates to listen to it over lunch, I finally finished it in the middle of the night with tears rolling down my face.
It is beautifully narrated, the characters are delightful, the story is riveting. Buy this audiobook!
"Worth listening to..."
I enjoyed listening to The Help as it was brilliantly read but I did sometimes get a little confused with who was speaking! The story is very original, poignant and charming, lovely accents and a joy to listen to.
I found this book very disappointing and find it hard to understand the enthusiasm of some other reviewers. I thought the plot was pretty unoriginal and the characters stereotypical with no depth (e.g. uncaring white boss who does not care for her child, black maid who is kind and loving, ungainly white girl whose mother wishes her to marry but who wants to be a writer). I do agree that it was well read though.
"Overall a good read however....."
I really enjoyed this book but the final chapters seemed to let it down. The ending is not so convincing and I felt that it was "wrapped up" far too neatly. Certainly worth a read, but do not expect the unexpected as you reach the final chapters!
LISTEN TO THIS BOOK - IT IS BRILLIANT!!!!!!It had been recommended to me by so many people that I had been put off it, to be honest. I thought that it would be 'worthy' and 'dry' and would take considerable attention to appreciate. I couldn't have been more wrong. In the end I was cornered into listening to it by the fact that it was on the list for my reading group....
I can't answer the questions required of me to review it. I enjoyed every aspect of this book, it made me laugh and cry - I found all the characters interesting and believable and learned a lot in listening to it.
if you have managed to miss this one then you are in for a treat as the audio version is excellent.
It is the story of the maids who are the 'help' to white women in 1950's Alabama. Each maid's story is poignant and different with their individual attitudes and history influencing their ability to put up with degrading treatment from their employers.
As a story this is funny but gripping and takes you in from the first few pages. It is also quite a statement on the treatment of these women and the state of racism during that time.
The audio version is extremely well-done and as a result I have listened to it several times over.
I wasn't sure about this purchase but I am so glad I went ahead ... It is a great story - and brilliantly well read by the various readers. (Its also a good long read - enough to while away two very long car journeys - in fact, when I pulled into various service stations, I was delayed by the need to keep listening.....).
Not only did I enjoy the story, I also learned a lot - at time shockingly so ... about the reality of being black in the southern USA. But what makes it one of my all time favorites are the feelings it evoked - sometimes dread, sometimes laughter, and one time an unexpected and unconscious gasp aloud - I was so enthralled by, and engaged with, the story. If a book (any book) makes me involuntarily react emotionally, its a winner. I highly recommend this audio book - you will not regret listening to it.
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