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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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  • Life has Standards!!
    5/1/11
    Overall
    "Charming and engaging"

    I look forward to more from this author.

    Her writing style and overall story was comprehensive, engaging and involving. A sensitively written story, well read by good narrators. My only criticism would be a slightly weak ending, but I would be happy to read more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christine
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    4/29/11
    Overall
    "The Help by Kathryn Stockett"

    This is the best book I have listened to. With the background of the civil rights movement in the USA in the early 1960s, this book is very well written and the narration is very good. I particularly liked the the different voices for the main characters. The plot is thought provoking and sometimes disturbing, but with such hope at the end. I could not put it down. Highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jasmin
    mellis, United Kingdom
    4/29/11
    Overall
    "Brilliant."

    A really beautiful listen, very well read and the story really draws you in. Didn't want it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • H Upton
    4/21/11
    Overall
    "Highly Recommended"

    One of the best audio books I have listened to. Well narrated and easy to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anita
    Enniskillen, Fermanagh, United Kingdom
    4/20/11
    Overall
    "The Help"

    A thorough good read (or rather listen).A tragic, witty, insightful account of the lives of coloured home helps in the 1960s in Missisippi and their relationships with white employers. Very well narrated. No bad language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A
    Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
    4/17/11
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    "Outstanding !"

    This novel was very good, and the narration of this book was simply outstanding.
    It really transported me to the world that the characters inhabit and made the story come alive even more. I was sorry when the book was done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Windsor, United Kingdom
    4/16/11
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    "Thought-Provoking"

    This book does not fall into my usual genre but it was highly recommended by numerous friends. Set in Mississippi at a time of segregation, it exposes the relationships between the white gentry and their black domestics. The story is narrated by a white woman, brought up by a black maid, and two very different black maids. It is a very deep and thought-provoking book which moves slowly, reflective of the era. The dialogue is colloquial which draws the reader in to such an extent that you feel tense and nervous at each clandestine meeting, knowing the dreadful consequence if these courageous women were caught together, and get frustrated at the slow rate of progress.
    The book is well-written, humorous and enjoyable, although for me the pace was a little too slow particularly towards the end. I found myself wanting something more to happen but I guess that was the way things were during that period. If purchased as an audio book, which I did, there can be early confusion between the voices of the domestics but it doesn’t take long to start recognising the narrator of the chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • martin
    belfast, United Kingdom
    4/14/11
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    "Help! this is so good!"

    Absolutely enthralling. I just could not stop listening to this. The characterisation is spot on. The narration superb. If you want one good book for the summer, this is it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon Frater
    Cheshire England
    4/14/11
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    "A masterclass in narration"

    This was absolutely fabulous from start to finish and I loved every minute of it, I felt I was living in Mississippi and it opened my eyes to how things were not too long ago. The story had me hooked from the start but it was the narration that made it so special. Absolutely wonderful. Buy it and you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Martin
    WOlverhampton UK
    4/8/11
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    "Loved it"

    Didn't think I'd enjoy this book as it is not the sort of story I normally read but I went along with the reviews and gave it a try. I'm so pleased I did it is a fabulous story and brilliantly narrated in this audio version.

    Very highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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