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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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!
This is by far the best narrated audio book I have ever experienced. The narration is top notch. The story is memorable but much more so because of the narrators have brought the "Help" to life. This story was so much better than if I had read the book myself. These ladies bring real life to the characters. I found myself laughing while I busied myself with housework. Laughing... then crying...then a sense of shock...then laughing again. The characters blossomed thanks to these colorful narrators. Thank you penguin audio.
The story kept pulling me; the characters became my friends. I did not want this to end. The narration is perfect. The story is a remarkable slice of southern life in this country in the early 60's...and of women, and race, family, love, drive, friendship. Insightful and moving.
As a guy who typically enjoys a completely different genre of audiobook, I had reservations, but based no reviews used my credit to buy it anyway and wasn't disappointed. Great story, gives very good insight as to what southern life in the south was like in and around 1962. The dialogue between characters was great, the only knock is that the voices of some of the secondary charachters was annoying at times, but necessary I guess. Would have liked to have seen a more complete ending, but that's just me. Everyone is correct, the narration is great.
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