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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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    Janice Indian River, Ontario, Canada 07-13-09
    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
    Callie Peoria, AZ, United States 07-13-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Top Ten"

    Loved this!!!!!!

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    Scott & Cissy Wolfe 07-11-09 Member Since 2007
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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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    Rosemary Oswego, IL, USA 07-11-09
    Rosemary Oswego, IL, USA 07-11-09
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    "Excellent Book"

    Wonderful book made even better by listening to it. This book stayed with me for days after finishing it.

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    LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. The readers ARE WONDERFUL. LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. Can;t say that enough. Time flew by and I was horribly sad that it ended. LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. A MUST READ!

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    Patricia Morristown, NJ, USA 07-10-09
    Patricia Morristown, NJ, USA 07-10-09 Member Since 2000
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    "The Help -- A Great Listen"

    This is an amazing story from the standpoint that it so aptly captures the difficulties of living in a society where Jim Crowe laws are in play and Blacks have few rights, if any. It makes one think twice about recent news incidents where a group of young Black Americans were turned away from a swimming pool with their money refunded, of course, because they "changed the complexion of the club."

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    Jane Catonsville, MD, USA 07-10-09
    Jane Catonsville, MD, USA 07-10-09
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    "Told everyone about it!"

    I loved it! Having more than one narrator was fabulous. It really helped identify with the characters. I told everyone about the book. Best listen ever.

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