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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Couldn't put it down, fascinating and intriguing
"Simply the best"
This is still the best audio book ever! you can read all the other reviews to know why!
Enjoyable and engaging. I sided with several charachters and felt the conflict between sides. Beautifully written.
Class from start to end. Listen to it.
"a perfect audiobook!"
I have just finished listening to this audiobook and have decided that I have to go back to the start and listen to it again. I feel that I know Aibileen,Skeeter and Minnie as friends and I do not want to leave their company.
I also bought the written version so that I could pass it on. The book is very well reviewed on Amazon but the voices of the narrators in the audio version add so much to the enjoyment that on this occasion I cannot believe that the reading experience will come close to the listening one.
This is a delightful book.
"Sublime, witty and thought-provoking"
It's hard to do this book justice in a few lines. Not only is the storyline engaging and the narration simply perfect, but the characters grab you buy the throat and make you pay attention. This book brings to the fore a bad time in modern history (and it was a bad time!), but neither over-dramatises the situation, nor sugar-coats it. I came to love these women and was sorry when the story ended, but felt it did so in a way that left me feeling satisfied. Listen and enjoy.
"excellent audio book"
I loved this audiobook. I enjoy books that describe an how people lived and the history behind this. Topped on to that is just an excellent story. Also the people who read the book are brilliant.
I loved this book and hated it when it ended. It gave me an insight into the life of Jackson in the sixties and the entrenched and pervasive racism that prevailed. The characters were beautifully written and narrated - I could almost feel the hot steam of the long summer days and the 'modest' long sleeved clothes of the bridge club dames. Amazing to think that such rampant racism and snobbism occurred only less than 50 years ago.
"My Favorite audio so far!"
I cant stress enough how fantastic this is. I have never listened to an audio book with more than one narrator (this has four) and it worked so well. It was so beautifully narrated I found myself totally absorbed in the story and felt really sad when I got to the end!
There are enough recommendations already written about this book to ensure it will be one of the top best sellers.
Buy it and be taken back to a world in our own life time where the Deep south believed firmly in segregation.
A compelling book.
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