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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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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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    Wallen Danderyd, Sweden 11-10-10
    Wallen Danderyd, Sweden 11-10-10 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my favorit reads ever"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kylie Tauranga, New Zealand 08-06-11
    Kylie Tauranga, New Zealand 08-06-11
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    "Great accents, great story."

    You really feel transported back in time with the accents, and story keeps you hooked.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janine 06-07-11
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    "Just Excellent - A MUST Listen"

    If you do order a book on audible - this is the one. great narrators with superb performance. Just buy it already.

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    Jollypenno Perth 06-06-11
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    "A very special and satisfying story"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Penni St Andrews, Australia 04-02-11
    Penni St Andrews, Australia 04-02-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "Effortless"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lindy Gembrook, Australia 03-25-11
    Lindy Gembrook, Australia 03-25-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it, loved it, loved it!"

    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!

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    BookLady St. Cloud USA 09-08-12
    BookLady St. Cloud USA 09-08-12 Member Since 2009
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    "My all time favourite !"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Raglan, New Zealand 04-19-12
    Mark Raglan, New Zealand 04-19-12 Member Since 2011

    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!

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    "Brilliant from start to finish"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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'.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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


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

    They were all tremendous but I guess Minnie just pips it to the post


    If you could take any character from The Help out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Miss Hillie, because I would put a special little ingredient in the recipe


    Any additional comments?

    I cried a couple of times!

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    Tonya Perth, Australia 08-19-11
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    "Great book"

    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.

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    Belinda Murrumbeena, Australia 08-13-11
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    "Best Audio book I have heard"

    Really well read. Voice actors top notch. Did'nt want it to end. It was like watching a movie - probably better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    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.

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    "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.

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    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'.

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    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!

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  • Joanna
    Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom
    7/29/13
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    What made the experience of listening to The Help the most enjoyable?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    Winchester, United Kingdom
    5/23/12
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    "Absolutely Brilliant"

    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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  • Sandra
    new cumnock, United Kingdom
    3/23/12
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    "Felt as if I was actually there"

    Great read, realistic and I could have actually been a character in the book as It drew me in I felt part of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    3/22/12
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    "Amazing"

    I had already read this on my kindle, but loved the story so wanted to listen to it too. The voices and accents were good and added to the story. I loved it just as much as the written version, it still horrifies me that people could behave as the whites in the book did, and I am sure that it is based on a very real set of values and attitudes prevalent not so very long ago.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • melanie
    Saltburn by the Sea, United Kingdom
    3/17/12
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    "Amazing"

    This book is amazing! It's told by actors with velvety voices and takes you right in to the lives and homes of the characters. I honestly think I have been spoilt after hearing this book, I don't think any other audio book will come anywhere close to how soothing, exciting and gripping this story was.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • W J Beaver
    6/13/11
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    "Brilliant tale"

    This was a brilliant book, with superb narrators. I had struggled to read the book as I didn't find the local dialect used by some of the characters very accessible. What a difference listening to the story made.It was gripping, moving and had a lot to say about segregation. It was a story that I didn't want to end and I was sad to say goodbye to Abilene, Minnie and Skeeter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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