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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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.
"The BEST audiobook I have listened to."
I loved this book, made me laugh and want to cry. Im not familiar with the ongoings in America in this time, but that didn't matter... the story was brilliant and very well written. A must listen for anyone! :)
"Well narrated and compelling story"
Very well narrated and the interweaving stories of the main characters made me feel the hurge to 'do something about it', then realising that I was listening to a story. I could not put this audio down.
"Don't want it to end...."
I'm about three quarters through this novel and I've got to say I am absolutely dreading reaching the end. I'm so enjoying this story and the fabulous characters - I'm going to be lost without them.
If you're not sure whether this is for you - please - give it a go - you won't be sorry!
Absolutely the BEST - I loved every minute of this book! It should be a film/or is it I don't know/ OK . . . . . . just Googled it, it will be released in August 2011 - BRILLIANT, can;t wait!
What a brilliant book! This is my first audio book and I hope the rest live up to it. The characters are vibrant and really come to life with such brilliant narration of the three characters.
I have just finished listening to the audio version of this book and loved it. It was brilliantly read and wonderfully written. I found it to be humorous and definitely compelling - impossible to pause. I wanted to keep following the lives of the characters, so felt sorry when it ended! Some of the characters were very endearing, my favourite was Ms Celia. I shall be eager to share my enjoyment of it with my closest friends and would recommend it to everyone. Fabulous!
Very well written. Excellent story (a bit predictable though) written from various perspectives of black maids and aspiring young writer who wants to tell the story of black maids in southern America of 1960ties. I have truly enjoyed narrators who have added to the enjoyment of the story itself.
"Definitely worth a listen"
This book is engrossing right from the beginning - it explores the perspective of the racial divide in the 60s in the southern states of America from a
Personal perspective of the main characters and a broader context of the politics of inherited prejudice. The tow societies live parallel lives - co- existing and intolerant of each other, even though the white middle class are dependent on the black working class for their comfortable and assumed lifestyle.
As the narrative unfolds the level of danger that the main characters are under in writing down their life experiences is gripping and I found that I couldn't wait for my next listen.
The reader is brilliant - exactly right for the text - she adds to the authenticity of the story. This, is rare in audible books and publishers should take more regard of who they commission to read. in this case they got it exactly right.
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