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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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    Ellen Huntsville, AL, USA 09-04-09
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    "Interesting, given I'm from the South"

    I was taken from the very first word, into a South we've not heard from for decades but a South that echoes in our past, our mother's and grand mother's pasts. We read The Help as a book club selection, but will recommend it as required reading for those who don't recall, but should understand.

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    "Outstanding in both writing and narration"

    I've been downloading audio books from Audible since 1998 and I believe this may be the finest I've ever listened to. I agree with all of the glowing reviews and am thankful that I found this book while browsing around Audible's website. It's a tribute to the author and the narrators that, although the book is set in a very turbulent and disturbing time in our history, I did not not want the book to end. I hated to depart from the lives of the characters. The narration is simply incredible and I believe I would not have been as affected by the book had I read it rather than listened to it.

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    William Landenberg, PA, United States 09-03-09
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    "Best book I've read (sic) in a long time"

    I really enjoyed the development of the characters, the timeperiod backdrop, and the story. Some wonderfully surprising twists kept it very interesting. I loved all of the characters, even the hateful ones. I would love to see a sequel about how some of the lives continued to evolve.

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    "loved it!"

    This book has it all. Humor, suspense, love, history! And the narrators are the best!

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    Anna Maria Jamesville, NY, USA 09-03-09
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    This was a fantastic book to listen to! The southern accents were melodic to listen to and it was very soothing. A great read!

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    I buy these books to use while exercising at the gym. I looked for reasons to work out longer this book was so very good.

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    Diane Boiling Springs, PA, USA 09-01-09
    Diane Boiling Springs, PA, USA 09-01-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Worth a Second Listen!"

    This book was worth every moment, and I can't wait to listen to it again! The narration was spot on, and certainly enhanced the book.

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    Michael winters, CA, United States 08-31-09
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    "the help"

    Absolutely excellent. The readers bring it alive and the story is well worth a listen.

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    Sara Brooklyn, NY, USA 08-31-09
    Sara Brooklyn, NY, USA 08-31-09
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    "Truly amazing"

    I am so glad I listened to this book, rather than read it. I loved the different characters and their voices and manner of speaking. I felt like they were sitting right with me, telling their stories. This is a truly wonderful book that everyone should hear.

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    The narrators in this book are outstanding. They really bring the story to life, and one can imagine the story through their eyes. The best book I've listened to in a long, long time.

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