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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"Best book i have read (or heard) in years!"
A whole range of emotions fills this book. I am so sorry to be on the last chapter but I have enjoyed every single word of this clever and insightful book
I really became absorbed in all of the characters of this story and I was disappointed when it was finished. A great book.
"My first audio"
I downloaded this book in an attempt to make the chore of ironing more palatable and loved it so much I was almost tempted to go round my neighbours and ask if they needed any laundry done!
The readers where fantastic and really brought this story alive. I have 4 teenage sons who would not normally be into this kind of thing, but they were getting snatches of the story as they passed me by and by the end they were all openly sitting in the room listening to it with me - I really can't say any more than that to recommend this book.
I am now thoroughly hooked on Kathryn Stockett and audio books. And as an added bonus I'm even up to date with my laundry.
"Beautifully narrated, I could not stop listening!"
The three (main) narrators of this audiobook are simply marvelous. Each voice matches the character's personality perfecty, and really helped bring the story to life. I could not stop listening to it and finished it in record time. I would recommend this (and I have) to all my friends!
"Well worth downloading"
A well-written and well-narrated book dealing with a sensitive subject. Although I found it a little slow-paced, the story held my interest throughout and it is well worth listening to.
"Very sorry to see the characters go"
This was my first audio book and I listened to it at every opportunity. I loved (and loved to hate) some of the characters, the observation to character detail is something I rarely find and I treasure an author who achieves this in the simple way Kathryn Stockett has. The narration was very good, not imposing at all, easy and comfortable to listen to. I really missed listening to this when I had finished and am eager to find a book that can grip me in the gentle way this one has. Racial segregation could be a dark topic to take on, but although I was left to think about the alternative day-to-day African American perspective I didn't feel it was heavy or dwelled on anything for too long. Would (and have been) recommend it to everybody; I hope you get as much out of this as I have.
"Perfect flavour of the Southern States in the 50s"
Fabulous book, wonderfully read by all the narrators. You really get to love the characters and feel thier sorrows and joys.
"Very good but a slow burn"
This is a very good book but I found it a bit of a slow burn and could well understand that it will not be everyone's cup of tea. The narration is superb from all the voice artists and really added something to the story. It is in a lot of ways a strange story as nothing really happens but at the same time it is captivating and compelling and I found myself wanting to listen to more. There were a couple of occasions in the book when I could see what was coming and found myself getting slightly frustrated at the pace but other than that it was enjoyable. Would definitely recommend it.
What an AWESOME story, fantastically narrated by the characters whom I fell in love with.
All I can say is that I was so sad when the story ended as I felt like I was saying goodbye to three close friends. FANTASTIC.
Loved every minute of this book, I would highly recommend it. The reader was great and easy to listen to.
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