We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
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.
Regular Price:$26.60
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.8 (27513 )
5 star
 (22880)
4 star
 (3384)
3 star
 (735)
2 star
 (257)
1 star
 (257)
Overall
4.8 (14163 )
5 star
 (11700)
4 star
 (1852)
3 star
 (386)
2 star
 (123)
1 star
 (102)
Story
4.8 (14114 )
5 star
 (12478)
4 star
 (1234)
3 star
 (238)
2 star
 (83)
1 star
 (81)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Holly Norman, OK, USA 06-15-09
    Holly Norman, OK, USA 06-15-09
    HELPFUL VOTES
    151
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    145
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    7
    0
    Overall
    "Eye Opening and Heatfelt"

    As a young white women, this book is both eye-opening and sad. I cannot believe it has only been some 45+ years since this book was set. I cannot believe people thought this way, and I would hope (if I'd been alive) I'd been on the right side of the issues. This book is wonderful, entertaining, heartfelt and heartbreaking. It's a part of our recent history....we all need reminded of. The narration is one of the best I've heard. Don't miss out on this gem.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Helen E. Thompson 06-15-09

    t2helen

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    143
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Riveting"

    Could not stop listening to this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sandra Barr 06-14-09
    Sandra Barr 06-14-09 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "The Help"

    This book was a wonderful story about a group of black maids working in Jackson, MS. I was moved to tears at times, and laughed my head off at other times. It is well written and theatrically read. The book stimulated my thought on how I have treated people and who has been instrumental in my development. Can I give unconditional love? I highly recommended it for this summer's read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Paula Palestine, TX, USA 06-14-09
    Paula Palestine, TX, USA 06-14-09 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    23
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "I Loved It!!!!"

    I loved the characters and the narrators were wonderful.

    It was funny at times, but rang true about racism in the 60's.

    Everyone should read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Alexis Richmond, CA, USA 06-14-09
    Alexis Richmond, CA, USA 06-14-09 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    70
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    99
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Extraordinary Story Read by Three Virtuosos!!!"

    This is a remarkable novel, wonderful in every regard. I thought I was tired of Southern writers and bored by their cliched material, but there is nothing cliched or boring about this novel. It kept me awake all night and glued to my iPod for an entire weekend. The suspense was so great and the characters so compelling that I absolutely could not turn the iPod off. THE HELP was sheer delight! The women who performed for the audiobook are superb, enhancing the stunning prose and filling it with genuine, authentic-sounding emotion. I loved this audiobook. Thank you, Ms. Stockett!
    ~ Alexis Masters, author of THE GIULIANA LEGACY


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jane Sioux Falls, SD, USA 06-14-09
    Jane Sioux Falls, SD, USA 06-14-09 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    41
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    105
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    "Well Written and Enjoyable"

    In order, the things I look for in an audio book are 1) literary value, 2) engrossing entertainment and 3) good vocal performances. Bonus points are given if I learn something in the process.
    "The Help," by Kathryn Stockett probably doesn't deserve any special note -- for or against -- on the first score. It's well-enough written, but it won't be added to anyone's great books series next century.
    However, it makes up for a lack of literary pretension with engaging characters, a unique view point, and extraordinary performances. What's more, I feel I learned something about American society that I didn't know before.
    I've hit a few clinkers in my Audible subscriptions lately: enough to turn me off the genre. "The Help" was a pleasant way to turn me right back on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Laura Buckhannon, WV, USA 06-14-09
    Laura Buckhannon, WV, USA 06-14-09
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "A wonderful, wonderful book"

    This book is so well written! The author adeptly gives us the prespective of each woman in the story. It is a warm and yet heart breaking depiction of a period in our history..absolutely one of my favorite reads after 7 years with audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nolan Kailua, HI, USA 06-13-09
    Nolan Kailua, HI, USA 06-13-09 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    119
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Wow."

    It was with great trepidation that I purchased, then started, this book. However, all my concerns were immediately laid to rest as I heard the first few passages of Abilene's story, which reflected the lives of so many amazing women I have known.

    This is not only an exceptionally well-written novel, but the pacing and narration of this book is one of the best I have ever heard. I eagerly await Ms. Stockett's next work, as well as any other audiobooks narrated by Ms. Campbell, Ms. Lamia, Ms. Spencer, or Ms. Turpin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sarah Goshen, IN, USA 06-13-09
    Sarah Goshen, IN, USA 06-13-09
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    Overall
    "Wow"

    This was my first download from audible, and I am amazed. The story is wonderful, and the narrators make it even better. A beautiful story that made me laugh and cry. Definitely worth a credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rebecca 06-12-09
    Rebecca 06-12-09
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    33
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Outstanding Narration"

    I loved listening to this book. I'm sure I would have enjoyed it immensely had I read it, because it is a wonderfully written book. But the women who read it must be commended for their riveting performances. Brava to these talented narrators. May they read and read and read!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 3091-3100 of 3289 results PREVIOUS1309310311329NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.