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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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    paul sydney, Australia 10-31-10
    paul sydney, Australia 10-31-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Skeptical at 1st, Enjoyed every moment"

    i only listened to this book cos my wife wanted me to, but i love every minute of it. simple story with real heart written brilliantly.... i dare anyone not to enjoy this book.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    edel Ireland 08-28-11
    edel Ireland 08-28-11

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    "The Help was fantastic!!"

    I cannot praise this book highly enough!!
    Each character was read so well that I was both thrilled and amazed. I did not think before buying it that all the characters would be played out as well but I was pleasantly surprised. I warmed to the characters from the opening lines. I went through a series of emotions while reading this as it is so thought provoking and touching and funny and awful at the same time. When I say it is awful I mean details of the way people were treated were awful but I recommend everyone to read this.I had read the book previous to this and I can say this book told the story very well.The character of Minnie is hilarious and you cant help smile listening to her being portrayed on here. I could just picture her in my head so easily as she sarcastically answered back .In fact all the main characters are really great. Please go buy this book as it is a really really great story .

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    "Turned me into a time traveller...."

    I really felt I was living in Mississippi in 1962 while I was listening to this book. If I didn't have my earbuds in the story was going round and round in my head, my family lost me for about a week. The story flows really well and the narration is the most beauiful thing about the book. I want Aibileen in my life and I want to have a baby just so I can call her Maymobili and I want someone to call me "Baby" just the way that Stuart Whitworth calls Skeeter "Baby", but I am so glad that I live in a, hopefully, more enlightened age. I also loved that the ending was hopeful without being sugary. This book is an amazing listen.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sharron Robinvale, Australia 06-16-10
    Sharron Robinvale, Australia 06-16-10 Member Since 2008
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    "the help"

    This book is magnificent. It is well read and I didn't want to listen to the last bit because I didn't want it to end.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Trish 03-31-11
    Trish 03-31-11
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    "Amazing Dramatisation"

    Apart from the fact that this is a lovely story, I was blown away by the dramatisation of the text... it wasn't a reading at all; it was an artistic production. It was so well done, that I almost felt I was watching a film... the acting was so professional that I could "see" everything that was happening. I just couldn't stop listening, and like any good film, I'll be going to it again and again.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    amyjh98 Melbourne, Australia 07-01-10
    amyjh98 Melbourne, Australia 07-01-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "The Help"

    This story was just great. The narraters did a fabulous job, made the characters very beleivable with the accents. I just couldn't stop listening, it really had me enthralled, but i must say i was a little dissappointed with the ending, but mostly just because I wanted to know what happened further down the track, to me it seemed to end quite suddenly. But all in all a great book, very highly recomended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda 07-27-11
    Melinda 07-27-11 Member Since 2008
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    "One of the Best Books I've Ever Read"

    I dithered for a long while about buying The Help because books so often don't live up to their hype and because I was afraid it was just going to play the emotional card be a tear jerker. This one really does live up to the hype and while it is very emotional in just about every way you can think of, it's in a good way. You come out of it in the end wishing you could meet the characters and either hug them, or give them a piece of your mind and then some. It's a great story, well written and well narrated. I just don't think there's enough good that can be said about this book. Well done Kathryn Stockett. Well done narrators.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    annetta Auckland, New Zealand 09-14-10
    annetta Auckland, New Zealand 09-14-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Utterly engrossing"

    This is one of the best books I have heard, the narration by four actors is simply beautiful and the story so gripping I couldn't stop listening.

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    sue Windermere Park, Australia 08-28-11
    sue Windermere Park, Australia 08-28-11
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    "Enchanting!"

    I was in love with this book from start to finish....mourning the end before it came

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    Lia Sutton, Australia 07-04-11
    Lia Sutton, Australia 07-04-11

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Don't miss this book"

    Both the writing and the narration were effortless. I totally agree with the person below who said "Time Traveler" - I feel like I've existed in two places at once for the few weeks or so that I've been listening to this novel. This is a compassionate and redemptive story and my only regret is that it's over.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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