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)
I only listen to audiobooks while I'm on the treadmill or doing chores. This book was so good, I couldn't stop listening, which meant I couldn't stop working. Even though I was exhausted, I didn't want it to end. The narrators were the best and the story was wonderful.
I can't recommend this novel enthusiastically enough! I was entirely unprepared for Stockett's moving plot and unforgettable characters. I'm certain this would be a magnificent read, but the multiple narrators ensure that this will become an audible favorite. I would give this recording 6 stars if I could!
The story was excellent and the narration was top notch. I did not want the book to end. Sad to believe that life was ever that way for black people.
Sunday Morning Reviewer
One of the best books I have listened to this year. The characters are well developed and the pace never slows down. Well written and definitely an author I will follow. I felt like the characters became my friends and I hated to come to the end of this book.
There are great books you read with your eyes. I'm sure The Help is fantastic in written form. However, as an Audio book with four narrators, The Help is audio book not as a substitute for the written word but as an art form in its own right. I feel sorry for those who only read this book. Listening to the performance was spellbinding
I loved the characters and the narration of this book so much that as soon as I finished listening, I started over again at the beginning! I found myself thinking about them throughout the day, and actually looking forward to my commute to work so that I could listen.
The civil rights issues were grotesquely fascinating to me, and it made me wonder what prejudices I might have in my own life without even realizing them. What in my life will make my children grow up to say, "I can't believe my mom thought/acted like that!"?
Thought-provoking and well-written/read!
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