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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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    PaulaGibson 10-14-09
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    Well written...have sugessted to several friends who also loved it. Could not stop listening... some parts made me cry.

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    Meredith 10-13-09
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    "Just Read It!"

    This is a wonderful book! It has made a slow climb up the Best Seller list due to recommendations vs. publicity. The characters have depth and texture, the narrators capture the essence of each. I had never heard of this author, nor did the 1960's south interest me, but this is more a story about people; relationships;and courage. I have recommended this book to many friends, which I am usually hesitant to do as people have such different tastes. This is a worthy listen!!!

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    Jayne Kraemer 10-13-09
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    "Couldn't Stop Listening"

    The Help is a fascinating novel and the narrators enhance the novel with their expressive and excellent performances. I laughed and cried, and thoroughly enjoyed every listening minute. This is one that is not to be missed!

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    Jacqueline Jacksonville, FL, USA 10-12-09
    Jacqueline Jacksonville, FL, USA 10-12-09
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    "True to the South"

    I loved this book and all of the characters in it. I know each one of them! Any southerner of a certain age will recognize someone in it.

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    Laura Mequon, WI, USA 10-12-09
    Laura Mequon, WI, USA 10-12-09
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    "Loved this!"

    I travel alot and do many audiobooks, and this is now one of my favorites. I loved the story and the narrators. I looked forward to my drive to catch up with the story! I didn't want it to end. Great book!!

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    Catherine Decatur, GA, USA 10-12-09
    Catherine Decatur, GA, USA 10-12-09
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    "Why listen, rather than read?"

    The book that hooked me as a listener was "The Secret Life of Bees" and the narrator was Jenna Lamia. I have listened to every one of her narrations and this one rings true. Incredible writing, engaging speakers and multiple excellent narrators makes this a top 5 for me. Thank you Kathryn Stockett.

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    Joy Mount Dora, FL, USA 10-11-09
    Joy Mount Dora, FL, USA 10-11-09
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    "The Characters are SO Real!"

    After I finished this book I just had to come back here and write about it. This book is the kind of book that when you finish it. . you want more. I also missed the characters . . . like they were real people! It's kind of funny. I hope Ms. Stockett has plans for more books because I really really enjoyed this one. Also,I'd love to have something else read by the narrators. They were just fabulous. It's just an all around great audio book. Great story, sometimes sad, sometimes happy, and a great cast of narrators that really pull you into their world.
    I laughed and I cried. Any book that can do that is a winner for me!!

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    Patricia Sheffield Village, OH, United States 10-11-09
    Patricia Sheffield Village, OH, United States 10-11-09
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    "excellent!"

    This book was awesome! I found myself canceling plans so I could keep listening. Definitely a very good listen!

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    Sarah Phoenix, MD, United States 10-10-09
    Sarah Phoenix, MD, United States 10-10-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Great listen"

    I really enjoyed this book. The narration is excellent, so it ends up being better than reading the paper copy would have been.

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    JerryT Kansas 10-10-09
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    "The Best"

    This book has an incredibly high rating from more than 2000 Audible.com listeners. There's a very good reason for this. Buy it and you will not be disappointed.

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