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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Could not turn this off. Best audiobook I have ever listened to and now struggling to find any that are as captivating.
"Shining example of a fantastic production"
Brilliant book, its themes are powerful and universal, and it's characters dear and vivid. I love books like this with multiple narrators, you get a great sense of the whole through each other's eyes. Can't say if the book itself was great or if it was attributable to the actors involved, but the overall production was superlative, standing out in a sea of great Audible adaptations. Thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding, I can't recommend this enough as an experience to be had.
"Better than the movie"
I am sorry to say that I have finished The Help, I am going to miss listening to it on my daily walks. Just this morning I watched the reviews for the film which came out today in Australia, I am sure the movie will be excellent but this audio book was so wonderfully performed that I doubt that the movie will be able to hold a candle to it. Fantastic story and the cast of readers were perfect, they really drew you into their world, a world unlike anything I could imagine, I sometimes find myself thinking in a southern American accent, they were all so charming. I loved the way the reader changed with the focus of each chapter, this made it so much more compelling. You must download this.
This is the first audiobook I downloaded from Audible. Sadly, I'm not sure I will find another book that will top this. I relished every moment I got to listen to this. A beautiful story, told through well crafted and very entertaining characters. The actresses used on the recording are also superb, truly rendering the story perfectly and really giving you a great sense of the deep south in the 1960s. As with many other readers, I was very sad when this was over and am struggling to find another audiobook as good since. You must download this.
"Not enough stars for this book!"
I think this is probably been the best audiobook I have listened to since joining Audible a number of years ago. I would give it a higher star rating if I could. The story was riveting, particularly when you realise that it is based on truth, and you can only feel that the writer must have had first hand knowledge of events in Jackson, Mississippi all these years ago in order to write with such empathy. The story can be tear-jerking at times but these tears can be caused by humour as well as by sadness. The narrators are wonderful; their deep southern accents transport you to Jackson while Stockett's rich characterisations brings them totally alive. I listened to this book over the space of only a few days. It accompanied me around the house, into the garden, onto trains and buses and kept me awake into the small hours of the morning. I can't tell you how much I wanted it to continue beyond the last chapter!
"My first audible book!"
Its really strange at first, hearing a book, rather than making the voices come to life in your head, with the southern states accents an' all!
This is a brilliant tale, not finished yet, but can't put my ipod down!
I thoroughly enjoyed both the book and the narration on this book. The story is set in the deep south of America in the early 1960's and the narration is divided between several voices as 'The help' or the black maids tell the stories of living and working for the white families. The author is a young white girl struggling to accept the segregation. I was really sad when it ended.
What a book. I did not want this book to end. I felt as if I was living with the women in this story, made me laugh and cry all at the same time. Loved it
"Love it, love it, love it!"
I hadn't heard of this book and stumbled across it by chance. I thought it sounded ok but I wasn't overwhelmed by the blurb but all the reviewer enthused so much about it I thought I had to give it a go and I'm so glad I did. This is the best thing I've read in ages, I loved every single minute of it. The characters are fantastic and the narration is superb. This is definately worth the download. I listen on my commute and found myself standing outside my front door not wanting to open it because it would mean turning the book off.
Would I have enjoyed this book as much without the rich voices of the narrators? I don't think so, particularly not being american. I really enjoyed this book as an audio, very well written, possibly a little long, but I think it needed to be.
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