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The Help Audiobook

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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    EveLynn Kissimmee, FL 10-30-09
    EveLynn Kissimmee, FL 10-30-09 Member Since 2015

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    "Poignant and thought-provoking"

    I enjoyed every moment of this book - Traveled up the East Coast with it. Each character came alive in my mind and it personalized a very difficult time in the history of the South. I have recommended it to my friends. One of my all time favorites! I hope there is a sequel - wanna know what happened to everyone!!

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    Alicia Florence, OR, United States 10-29-09
    Alicia Florence, OR, United States 10-29-09 Member Since 2009
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    "The Help"

    This was a wonderful book. It is well written and the reading (voices) of each character was almost perfect.
    When I was growing up we would never see a black person in our neighborhood except for the help. If we did it was looked upon with suspicion. This brought back many memories of how it was and I'm amazed at how far we have come in my lifetime.
    Really, a good listen.

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    Lori H Northeast USA 10-29-09
    Lori H Northeast USA 10-29-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Outstanding"

    I have written two reviews but have listened to 100s of Audiobooks. This book was one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. I did not want it to end. The narrators were outstanding. I can't say enough about this book!

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    David Southampton, FL, USA 10-29-09
    David Southampton, FL, USA 10-29-09
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    "Wonderful"

    Loved it. Just loved it.

    The performance of the readers was just so good and brought so much extra to the story, I imagine that this audio version is actually better than reading the story yourself. Truely remarkable.

    I always know when I am really enjoying a book when i start to eye the thickness of the unread section with suspicion, wanting to carry on reading (listening) but hating the fact that the end of the story is approaching.

    Definitely the case with this one.


    One of my all time favorites.

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    Kimberly san anselmo, CA, USA 10-29-09
    Kimberly san anselmo, CA, USA 10-29-09
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    "Great characters, interesting story."

    I loved listening to this book. I'm a little sorry it's ended. Hearing about life in Jackson during this time period sounds like it's something that was from 100 years ago, instead of 50! Very heartfelt. Narrators were excellent!

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    Kelli Spencer, IA, United States 10-28-09
    Kelli Spencer, IA, United States 10-28-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Like watching a movie in your head"

    I really enjoyed this story and especially liked the audio-actresses who gave it personality.

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    Shery austell, GA, United States 10-27-09
    Shery austell, GA, United States 10-27-09 Member Since 2013
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    "The Help"

    You get to involve with the main characters of the book.

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    Kathy EL DORADO, AR, United States 10-27-09
    Kathy EL DORADO, AR, United States 10-27-09 Member Since 2009
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    "The Help"

    Being from the South and white, this book made me both proud and ashamed at the same time. Thank God there were and are people that are like Skeeter who speak out against injustice and, that there are brave souls who put their lives and the lives of their families at risk to expose this injustice. This book was well written and I just loved the narration.

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    Jeffrey 10-26-09
    Jeffrey 10-26-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Remarkable!"

    The novel paints a rich portrait of the struggles of women, black and white, in the deep South during the turbulent pre-Civil Rights era. I can't remember when I've cared so much about the characters in any story, except maybe "To Kill a Mockingbird." The story could stand on its own merit, but the voice actors were remarkable! They gave the characters such dimension. Truly the best audio book production I've ever heard.

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    Janice Toronto , Ontario, Canada 10-25-09
    Janice Toronto , Ontario, Canada 10-25-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing"

    This is my all time favorite audiobook. Beautifully written, and the narrators are spectacular. I was so sad when I finished - I could have listened to them for many more hours.

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