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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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    Barbara Jacksonville, FL, United States 07-26-09
    Barbara Jacksonville, FL, United States 07-26-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderful!"

    This was a great book from start to finish. The production and readers did a fabulous job. My only complaint was that I did not want it to end.

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    Lucy Brown 07-26-09
    Lucy Brown 07-26-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "OUTSTANDING Narration!"

    This book has a very interesting plot and brings to light the unbelievable lives of these women (both black and white) in Mississippi in the 1960's. But, to experience the fabulous narration of the characters was a genuine pleasure!!
    Highly recommend this story!

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    Paula Boscawen, NH, USA 07-26-09
    Paula Boscawen, NH, USA 07-26-09
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    "An excellent listen"

    This was the only book I've listened to twice in a row! Both the content and the reading was great! It's relevant to understanding the 60's civil rights movement in the south - told in a very compelling way.

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    Mama bear Ogden, UT, United States 07-25-09
    Mama bear Ogden, UT, United States 07-25-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic Listen!"

    I loved this book! The different voices used for the narration defined each character and brought them to life. This is one book I couldn't quit listening to because I wanted to find out what would happen next. It moved quickly and gave me lots to think about. One of my favorites!

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    Robert sebastopol, US, Canada 07-25-09
    Robert sebastopol, US, Canada 07-25-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great story, great narration!"

    While the story was excellent, I can't imagine just reading this book and missing the wonderful acting job by the narrators. The southern accents and black speech patterns made the story really come alive.

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    S Smith Daphne, AL United States 07-25-09
    S Smith Daphne, AL United States 07-25-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Loved it..."

    I loved this book. The storyline was realistic and the book held my interest from beginning to end. The narration was very good. I highly recommend this book, particularly for anyone from the South who enjoys stories with a southern setting.

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    Janet Chico, CA, United States 07-25-09
    Janet Chico, CA, United States 07-25-09 Member Since 2007
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    "A New Favorite"

    I loved this book, the narrators definitely brought the characters to life. I will be recommending it to my book group. I found myself rearranging my day to make time to listen. The ending was a disappointment but leaves plenty of room for a sequel.

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    Kathy belgium, WI, USA 07-24-09
    Kathy belgium, WI, USA 07-24-09
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    "A wonderful story"

    The Help is a wonderful story that took me back to the 60s. It is a story of courageous everyday people that kept me on the edge of my seat while making me laugh and cry.

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    Colleen Home 07-24-09
    Colleen Home 07-24-09 Member Since 2010

    I cannot live without books ~ Thomas Jefferson

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    "Fabulous Story"

    An interesting and enjoyable story by a truly wonderful storyteller (I must read more by this author); the details were so thorough, I felt as if I lived the experience alongside the characters; narration too was very good. Only one drawback--the ending. I found it flat and disappointing, particularly after such a satifying experience up until then. Nonetheless, I highly recommend The Help.



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    Joby weedville, PA, USA 07-24-09
    Joby weedville, PA, USA 07-24-09
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    "great book!"

    i must say this is one of the best books i have listened to in a long time i only listen at work normally but this one i found myself hookin my ipod up in the car to keep listening!

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