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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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    Teresa TREASURE ISLAND, FL, USA 07-07-09
    Teresa TREASURE ISLAND, FL, USA 07-07-09 Member Since 2002
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    Best ever!

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    Lyndsey Martin Myrtle Beach, SC United States 07-07-09
    Lyndsey Martin Myrtle Beach, SC United States 07-07-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Brilliant!"

    Absolutely the best audio book I have listened to in the past 3 years. The multiple voices contribute to the feeling that you are right there living in Jackson, Miss. and watching it unfold. It was entrancing- I looked for opportunties to listen to it as often as possible!

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    Marie Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 07-07-09
    Marie Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 07-07-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Best read in years"

    This most engaging story had me absolutely captivated from beginning to end. The characters are unique, endearing, fallible and hilarious. They quietly address the most difficult issues of race from trapped places but still manage to keep their hearts and sense of humour no matter how impossible the odds. An additionally surprising benefit to this book is the collection of cleaning tips that weave through the stories of Black maids and their relationship with a struggling White woman writer in Southern USA at the time of Martin Luther King Jr. Before this book,I would never have thought housework and child care could be so charming, funny, racked with life threatening tensions and momentous decisions. The way the maids quietly teach fairness, equity and truth to the children in their charge and the very real interpersonal and political dilemmas all the characters face in this book as they strive to make connections across racial prejudice are all the more significant when placed in the context of washing dishes and toilet training...

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    David INDIAN LAND, SC, United States 07-06-09
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    "One of the Best"

    This is one of the most entertaining Audiobooks I have ever listened to. Beautifully written and narrated! I anxiously await Kathryn Stockett's next offering.

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    M. Brown 07-06-09
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    "Brought back memories of growing up in the South"

    This book is wonderful! The women are all well-written and completely believable. The narrative flows quickly and easily. I, too, hated to see it end. I also think the narration was superb. Being from the South, I hate fake accents, but these were all great. Thank you, Ms. Stockett!

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    "Amazingly addictive novel!"

    This book was delicious from beginning to end. I couldn't stop listening to it. The characters were so realistic, I felt like I was watching a beautiful movie in my head! I don't think I could have made it come alive the way the narrators did had I read it. This book was just amazing! I hope Kathryn Stockett has more just like it!

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    Andrea Aurora, ON, Canada 07-06-09
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    "Terrific"

    This book is terrific. It's well written, entertaining and the narrators are amazing. I didn't want it to end!

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    janieohio 07-05-09
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    "Holy Cow , this was good"

    I'm picky about audiobooks, but this one was awesome. The narration was perfect, the writing was wonderful, and I was sad to see the story end. I DEFINITELY recommend, especially to people who love history.

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    Patricia Strathford, PE, Canada 07-05-09
    Patricia Strathford, PE, Canada 07-05-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Masterpiece"

    I have never written a review before, but I can't stop thinking about this book . I started it on a Thursday and was finished by Saturday afternoon. I was sad when it was over, because I wanted to keep listening to these characters and what happens in their lives. The book was truly amazing, the narrators were perfect for the characters they portrayed, and their voices are still echoing in my head. It was the best audiobook I've ever listened to, and I've been a member for over two years. I fell in love with these characters and felt every emotion right along with them. I can't say enough about this book; I will be recommending it to everyone I know.

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    Lynn Rocky Mount , VA, USA 07-04-09
    Lynn Rocky Mount , VA, USA 07-04-09 Member Since 2009
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    "amazing"

    As a child of the South raised by a "colored" woman, this story hit very close to home. I have listened to it three times in two months and find a new richeness every time. The narration is perfection. LISTEN TO THIS BOOK!!

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