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
"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)
This book was incredible, I had to force myself to stop listening. I think it ranks right up there with one of my all-time favorites- The Secret Life of Bees, which was also narrated by Jenna Lamia. I loved the narrators.
I am only about halfway done listening to this book and I am already sad because I know it is going to come to an end too soon. This was worth the credit and then some.
The audio version with the different voices and accents added an entire dimension to the story. I felt like I was listening to the characters. They really came to life.
After listening to this audio book I went into sam's club to purchase a copy to send to my best friend out in California. While getting the book I noticed a black woman sitting in a wheelchair looking at some books and I went over to her and asked her if she has read this book?, she saw the book and said YES!, both of us instantly connected and talked about it like best friends. i am white and have always found it awkward talking with black women because of the cultural differences. Thank you Miss Stockett for writing this book. This book is going to bring women together, black and white. i reccomend it to all women!
I wish there were more audible books by Kathryn Stockett. I would love to listen to more of her work. I loved this book.
I have listened to "The Help" three times now and enjoyed it just as much the 3rd time as the 1st. Catching additional bits of detail each time. The narrators are absolutely great and very easy to listen to and understand.
Loved the book. The naration was fantastic. The story flowed and ebbed pulling all my emotions as the characters went through their daily lives. I am from the South and there is such truth in each word and phrase. It made me recall, good and bad, how things were then. Awesome....
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