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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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    This is the BEST audiobook I have heard yet. I felt like I was listening to a play and the book is abosolutely fabulous! Excellent is all I can say. I have been telling everyone I know about this fabulous book! I even emailed the author to beg her to write another book!
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    the story and the characters on the audiobook. The narrations are engaging and truly southern! Worth every minute of listening pleasure!

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    What a wonderful story. It captivated me from the first minute until the end. High quality narration and production value.

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    I listen to books while I run, and there were times when this book was so emotional--mostly because of the deep engagement of the readers--that i started to cry and ran out of breath (so, not the best book for running, but who cares?!) I loved the writing, the storyline, and especially the way the book was brought to life by the four narrators. I wish it hadn't ended!

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    I loved this book from start to finish. The narration is amazing.

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    This book has stayed with me. It captures you from the very beginning and won't let go until you finish. The characters are so intriguing!

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    I enjoyed the different narrators; each character seems more alive and the story took on a lot more meaning.

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    "I LOVED this book!!!"

    In the vein of To Kill a Mockingbird, but more mature. The three women who read the book bring it to life. A wonderful audio experience, better than reading the hardcopy!

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    This book was beautifully read by all four narrators. I listened every chance I got. I cared about each of these characters. I hated to end this wonderful journey to Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960's.

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