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The Help | [Kathryn Stockett]

The Help

Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.
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Publisher's Summary

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid, Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her 17th white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

This edition now includes the afterword "Too Little, Too Late - Kathryn Stockett in Her Own Words", as read by the author.

Bonus Audio: Hear an exclusive interview with Kathryn Stockett.

©2009 Kathryn Stockett, Cover Art: (c) 2011 DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC (P)2009 Penguin

What the Critics Say

"This heartbreaking story is a stunning debut from a gifted talent." (Atlanta Journal)

“It's graceful and real, a compulsively readable story of three women who watch the Mississippi ground shifting beneath their feet as the words of men like Martin Luther King Jr. and Bob Dylan pervade their genteel town. When folks at your book club wonder what to read next month, go on and pitch this wholly satisfying novel with confidence.” (Entertainment Weekly)

"[A] wise, poignant novel...You'll catch yourself cheering out loud." (People Magazine)

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    Mark Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 12-17-09
    Mark Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 12-17-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Put this one at the top of your list."

    The hype is accurate and well deserved. So beautifully written and performed, I envy anyone who gets to experience this audiobook for the first time.

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    Karin Watertown, MA, USA 03-02-09
    Karin Watertown, MA, USA 03-02-09 Member Since 2014

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    what a pleasure! witty, heartfelt and moving. The hours I spent listening to this book flew by, i didn't want it to end.

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    Karla West Bloomfield, MI, USA 10-05-09
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    "wonderful read"

    Could not put the book down. The narrators made the book come alive. A must read from audible

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    Emily - Audible Maplewood, NJ, United States 09-18-09
    Emily - Audible Maplewood, NJ, United States 09-18-09 Member Since 2010

    As an Audible Editor I listen for a living! British classics, YA novels, speculative fiction, and anything quirky, fascinating, or heart-wrenching.

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    I feel somewhat redundant adding on to this list of glowing reviews. There's nothing I can say that hasn't been said somewhere in this pile of 126 pages. But you also can't listen to this and just not comment. It seems rude somehow. So I'll repeat: best audiobook of all time, you will fall in love with these characters and narrators. PLEASE listen to this book!

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-25-11
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-25-11 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer and Cassandra Campbell made this book with their excellent narration of this story. I was up all night listening to this book on my Ipod after spending the day listening during my walk and housework. This was a realistic story and anyone who lived in the South in the 50's and early 60's will recognize the composites of people they knew. You will not go wrong with this book.

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    D. Dublin, OH, United States 08-06-09
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    This was one of the best books I have listened to this summer. The narrators did a superb with 3 different voices. It made the story real. I will listen to this book again.

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    Rhonda Worcester, MA, USA 02-25-09
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    "This book will make you cheer!"

    I loved this book; the story is fantastic. It is mainly about 2 maids in the south in the 1960's, and the mood and voice really speaks. The reader gets a historical account, and a scary, yet oddly uplifting story at the same time. Narrators are great!

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    Ferraro Franklin, TN, United States 03-07-09
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    "ONCE YOU START, YOU WON'T STOP"

    It's been ages since I had time to read or lsiten to a novel and ages since I've found words so captivating...poignent storyline with narrators who lend substance to its characters.

    I'm a single parent, working full time and taking Anatomy, too, so I don't have time to stop; however, listening to this audio book has been an escape for me - once I started listening to it, I couldn't stop - I've listened to it in the car, at work and laying in bed at night - FABULOUS!

    Can't wait until Stockett's next book!

    P.S. The narrators are so wonderful - much better than the monotone narrators I've heard before - they can really affect my interest level, regardless of the plot - A+

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    LeftyMom North Carolina 08-24-11
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    "The BEST!"

    I have been a member of Audible since 2007 and have downloaded hundreds of books and this is in the top 5. Narration is perfect, story perfect, I just wanted it to go on. I fell in love with all the characters and would love to have an update in all their lives. I couldn't put it down or stop thinking about it. Powerful!

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    Hands down one of the best books I have ever listened to. Any audible junkie like myself knows the narrator(s)can make or brake how one enjoys a book. This gets my highest marks. The story was very well written but the narrators made this book captivating. Many of my friends are hard core book readers. I begged them to download this book just to immerse themselves in the story and feel the characters. I promise anyone who reads this review that you will NOT feel your money was wasted. I will never look at a Chocolate pie the same way again. Ok now what are you waiting for.......download it!!!!!

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