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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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.
"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.
"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.
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.
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