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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It is read amazingly well and although the novel did not blow my socks I enjoyed every minute of listening to it.
"Enjoy every second of it"
Love that a different person reads each character so beautifully. It’s filled with human politics and irony. I fund my self laughing and crying.
I have listened to many audible books but this must rate as the best so far. the mix of voices and story telling is compelling.You will not be disapointed.The film is good but the download is better.
The book is brilliant - I became totally connected with the characters and was extremely sad when the book ended! The narration is fantastic and really brings the book alive! Everyone should listen to this book!
"REALLY GOOD PIECE OF WRITING"
It is horrifying to hear how black maids were treated in the 60s. It would be comforting to think that things are different now, but are they?. Perhaps this author would give us an update?
If I have a complaint about this book, it got a bit sentimental and soft centered at times, about a subject which is difficult, sinister and totally hard centered.
Are all black maids angels? And are all their employers witches from hell? I sure hope not.
The big benefit of this book were the readers. There were a whole team of readers - absolutely excellent! A master class for all narrators.
Overall - recommended.
"Definitely not 5 stars!"
OH MY THIS IS A DULL BOOK! At the risk of being too critical I will leave it at that!
"Not usually the kind of book I'd go for!"
I first heard this audio book by being offered the first chapter for free for audible and I am so glad I tried it. By the end of the first chapter I just had to buy the full version and thoroughly enjoyed it. Its not usually the kind of thing I would go for and am so glad I got to try before you buy, as without that I doubt I would of purchased the full version.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have already recommended it to friends and family. I have listened to it several times since I purchased it and its one of my favourite audio books. The narration is great and really helps to get into the story and make it an enjoyable listen.
The film has just been released in the UK and I am looking forward to that also, although I always have doubts if it can stand up to the book. The book was fantastic and I could recommend it more highly than I do now.
Give it ago and I doubt you'll regret it, one of the best books I have ever read (or you could say listened too)!
From the minute this audiobook started I was hooked - literally from the first minute. The characters, the setting and the storyline were brought to life by the fantastic narrators and I have to say that I've never enjoyed listening to an audiobook as much as I did this one. I can be quite picky with how audiobooks are narrated and I honestly could not fault this recording. There were times that I laughed out loud and times that I had tears in my eyes. I fell in love with Aibileen and I found myself routing for every character (well, almost) and now I am so disappointed that it has finished.
I do not have a single friend or family member that I would not recommend this audiobook to.
"I miss them...it was that good!"
This is by far one of the best books I've listened to. The charachters were so real that I miss them now I've finished the book.... the narration was superb and I was drawn into the story from the beginning. I wanted to hug may mowbley, put the kettle on for the maids, high 5 Skeeter and shake the white ladies!! I'll definately go back to this book at some point it's got so much in it.
"Absolutely stunning and thoughtful"
After a slow start, the book moved closer and became a must listen to every day until I was sitting in the car listening until I could pull myself away.
A real eye opener to the happenings of the Southern American states during the 1960's
Listen and you will enjoy
Also very well narrated
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