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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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    Gwendolyn Virginia Beach, VA, USA 07-14-09
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    Kathryn Stockett will draw you into a world that since forgotten but true in the minds of many. It starts out a little slow but give it some time and you will not be disappointed. I love the way the story line builds and the underlying bits of humor will leave you with an unforgettable experience.

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    Joan brooklyn, NY, USA 07-14-09
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    "Amazing!"

    This one is not to be missed. Stockett's use of language is astonishing; the narrators are all brilliant. I could not stop listening.

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    Lisa Henderson La Canada Flintridge, CA, US 07-14-09
    Lisa Henderson La Canada Flintridge, CA, US 07-14-09
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    "Top 10 Best Audio Book!!"

    Wow!! The narrators were absolutely brilliant! Pitch perfect voices. The story, too, made me listen late into the evening & early morning. The narrators made the book even better than reading it. I will certainly follow this author.

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    Sammie Washington, DC 07-13-09
    Sammie Washington, DC 07-13-09
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    "Great Book"

    Very enjoyable, most wonderful narration and excellent storyline reflecting a very difficult chapter in America's not so distant past.

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    Janice Indian River, Ontario, Canada 07-13-09
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    What a wonderful story to listen to! The various voices of the women narrators were genuine and engaging, allowing you to enter into their lives and experience the attitudes of the time. The pace of the book was perfect, encouraging just a little more listening at the end of each chapter.

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    Mary Wynne, AR, USA 07-13-09
    Mary Wynne, AR, USA 07-13-09
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    A little slow at the beginning but well worth your time. Great readers

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    Peg Columbia, CT, USA 07-13-09
    Peg Columbia, CT, USA 07-13-09 Member Since 2004
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    "The help"

    I couldn't stop listening. The story made me wonder about what life was like in Mississippi in the 60's. The characters are well developed and intriguing but I was a little disappointed with the ending.

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    Holly Mount Pleasant, NC, USA 07-13-09
    Holly Mount Pleasant, NC, USA 07-13-09
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    "Wonderful book!"

    I loved this book for so many reasons! It is an intriguing story about an important time in the history of our nation, and is told exceptionally well. It is also narrated beautifully by three women.

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    Callie Peoria, AZ, United States 07-13-09
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    Loved this!!!!!!

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    Scott & Cissy Wolfe 07-11-09
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    "Don't Miss This Book"

    This book was absolutely incredible, and may now be my favorite audible so far. My book club read this book a couple of months ago, and although everyone loved it, I felt that I got something special from listening to it. The narrators are absolutely fabulous and bring the book and most importantly, the characters to life. Jenna Lamia won me over in her narration of the Secret Life of Bees, and her voice and timing were spot on again. The voices of the other women were fantastic and imparted a poignancy and humor that I think would have not been as recognizable had I read this book, although the writing is also superb. Do not miss the book.

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