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The Help Audiobook
The Help
Written by: 
Kathryn Stockett
Narrated by: 
Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, Cassandra Campbell
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The Help Audiobook

The Help

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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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    Because this book stands on its own. This book though long, flows smoothly and kept me interested. I love the fact that the different characters in the book are read by separate people. This really does give you a feel for what some people had to endure.

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    Terry United States 11-12-09
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    Very enjoyable book. The various narrators are great. This book takes you to the south. I bet this will be a movie.

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    Jasna London, Ontario, Canada 11-11-09
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    Best Book I've ever listened to. The story was rich and engaging, the characters were believable and the narration took me to the south.

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    Cindy Corsicana, TX, USA 11-11-09
    Cindy Corsicana, TX, USA 11-11-09 Member Since 2009
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    This was one of the best books I have listened to...loved the narration. Can't wait for the next book by this author.

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    "Wonderful book!"

    Slow start that built up to a suspenseful ending. I hated for it to end and started looking for another book by the author. Really captured race relations in the Mississippi south in the early 60s.

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    Eugenia Chatsworth, CA, US 11-06-09
    Eugenia Chatsworth, CA, US 11-06-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Absolutely Awesome!"

    I loved everything about this book! The characters were so fully realized and the narration by all was divine. This author's talent is amazing.

    I loved every moment, every word about this book. Truly an extraordinary achievement.

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    I really enjoyed this book. The character voices were great. I hated it to end.

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    CharByte Park Ridge, IL United States 11-06-09
    CharByte Park Ridge, IL United States 11-06-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Sucked me in - did not let me go"

    The story was excellent, characters were believable, the narration phenomenal!

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    Pamela Fairbanks, AK, USA 11-05-09
    Pamela Fairbanks, AK, USA 11-05-09 Member Since 2014
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    "I didn't want it to end"

    This is one of the best books I've either read or listened to in a long time. I am so glad I discovered it on Audible first, because I don't see how this book could have been as enjoyable without the perfect narration. I am so glad there were different narrators, not just one trying to change her voice for each character. This was such a thoughtfully intricate book, with a bittersweet ending. I loved it.

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    Karen Beverly Hills, MI, USA 11-05-09
    Karen Beverly Hills, MI, USA 11-05-09 Member Since 2006
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    "I laughed, I cried, I couldn't stop"

    I loved "The Help". It made me laugh, it made me cry. The author paints such vivid pictures of the characters, and the readers do a great job. I was immersed in the story - I couldn't put it down, and I didn't want it to end. I highly recommend!

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