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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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    Katharine Woodstock, NH, USA 05-28-09
    Katharine Woodstock, NH, USA 05-28-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Outstanding"

    The narrators bring this book to life. They became my friends. I cared about what happened to them. They made me laugh and cry. This is a important story of how it felt to be black, hired help in the south during the 1960s.

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    Susie Jacksonville, IL, United States 05-27-09
    Susie Jacksonville, IL, United States 05-27-09 Member Since 2009
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    "A must listen"

    You cannot grasp the characters and story unless its listened to. Its amazing that some books are just meant to be listened to and this is one of them. Great!

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    Kristina Freeville, NY, USA 05-26-09
    Kristina Freeville, NY, USA 05-26-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Excellent"

    I absolutely loved the writing and the narration. All of the narrators do such a good job of bringing the characters to life! I thought the book was excellent, one of a few that I'd give 5 stars to. I only wish the book was longer, I'd love to hear more about the lives of these women!

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    David Kullman 05-26-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Amazing"

    This book was amazing. I enjoyed every minute of it. I did not want it to end. I hope the author writes more books involving the same characters. Listen for sure.

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    Tonya WEST DESMOINES, IA, USA 05-25-09
    Tonya WEST DESMOINES, IA, USA 05-25-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Best Yet"

    I normally dont take the time to write a review. But this is definitely the best listen in a long time. Found myself really involved in this story. The characters were so real. Hard to believe this was very likely was the mindset in my lifetime. Narration excellent. Still thinking about this one. Didn't want it to end.

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    Wendy Clarksville, TN, USA 05-25-09
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    "Excellent Read - well paced"

    Not my typical genre or something I would normally look for. Don't be put off by the fact that it does deal with racial topics - its a well written story that keeps you interested. The characters are vivid and all in all a book I enjoyed and recommend to friends.

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    Sherry Redlands, CA, United States 05-25-09
    Sherry Redlands, CA, United States 05-25-09 Member Since 2009
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    "The Help"

    From the very start, this book had me hooked! I loved the rich characters that told the story in three perspectives of a time when our country was going through so much social change. The narration was excellent and I was so sad when this book was over. I highly recommend it!

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    Joanne indio, CA, USA 05-24-09
    Joanne indio, CA, USA 05-24-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Best Audiobook I have ever listened to."

    This is the best audiobook I have ever listed to. The story is riveting and the the readers are incredible. Highly recommend.

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    Gwen aptos, CA, United States 05-24-09
    Gwen aptos, CA, United States 05-24-09 Member Since 2006
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    Fabulous book, extraordinary narration. Let's hope Kathryn Stockett keeps writing.

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    Elaine Tampa, FL, USA 05-24-09
    Elaine Tampa, FL, USA 05-24-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Glad I found this one!"

    When I first downloaded this book, I only moved the first two parts to my listening device, and was beginning to regret the story's end as Part 2 neared conclusion. What a pleasant surprise when I realized my error! The characters in the book grow over time in the way that friendships grow, and I will miss them when it is done. I am thoroughly enjoying this book.

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