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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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    Liz USA 06-21-09
    Liz USA 06-21-09 Member Since 2006
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    "THE Best!!!!!"

    The BEST! THE Best! THE BEST! No matter how you say it, this is the most enjoyable, most moving, most touching, most heartrending book I've encountered.

    Please re-read that first sentence for the narration also!

    A stunning, 10 star event. All who participated were nothing short of excellent!

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    Mildred 06-20-09
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    "A great read"

    I loved the characters, and the story was well told in an interesting changing voice and point of view format. The deeply-woven fabric of inter-racial relationships ring true.. I grew up in the south in the 50s and 60s and Stockett was right on the mark. These women of every sort will charm you.

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    Rebecca Plainfield, VT, United States 06-19-09
    Rebecca Plainfield, VT, United States 06-19-09 Member Since 2013
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    "A great 'read'"

    This is the best audio book I have downloaded since the Book Thief - a great listen.

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    Patty Minnesota 06-19-09
    Patty Minnesota 06-19-09 Member Since 2011

    Cheers :)

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    "Enjoyable listen"

    What an enjoyable listen!! The story was wonderful, but the narration made it one of the best listens I have had since joining Audible a few years ago.

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    Steven D. Martin Dresden, Germany 06-19-09
    Steven D. Martin Dresden, Germany 06-19-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent Book with Fabulous Narration!"

    This was a fabulous blend of fiction and history seamlessly woven together! Surprisingly, this book didn't grab me at first. I had a difficult time getting through the first few hours, but then I couldn't wait to see where the story would go. The story is beautifully written with very real, very likable characters! Kathryn Stockett did a terrific job with this one; it's now officially on my "favorite book of all times" list! And each of the narrators did a superb job!

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    R. S. Herron Pittsburgh 06-18-09
    R. S. Herron Pittsburgh 06-18-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Hoping for a Sequel"

    Seriously, this is by far the best audiobook I have ever had the pleasure of listening to (and I've been listening to books on tape for at least 20 years). The story is superb, and the narration just plain perfection. As uncomfortable as the subject matter was (I am so thankful I didn't grow up in that era), this book tackled the issues from every angle, from everyone's perspective, and had me hanging on every word. I'm almost reluctant to start listening to another audiobook, since I've been spoiled by the quality of writing and narration of The Help. Can't wait to listen to it again, and I certainly hope there will be a sequel so that we can continue to wrap ourselves up in the lives of Skeeter, Aibilene, Minny, and even the characters we loved to hate. Don't miss this one!!

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    Mary Great Barrington, MA, USA 06-17-09
    Mary Great Barrington, MA, USA 06-17-09
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    "Profoundly Moving, Beautifully Read"

    I have listened to many Books on Tape. Without a doubt this is one of the most moving and beautifully read stories that I have heard in a very long time. I laid on my bed with my eyes closed.... for the last hour of this book... and allowed all the feelings, the tears and the power of this story to completely wash over me. I will carry this in my heart forever. Thank you Kathryn Stockett for your remarkable story. We know that it is true many times over.

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    pacia 06-16-09
    pacia 06-16-09 Member Since 2008
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    "An audio masterpiece as captivating as Roots"

    Before purchasing this book, I thought I would never again find an audio performance on par with Roots - one year later, I have found such a performance. These readers (and the story they read) are captivating, engaging, and bewitching. As soon as you get your next audible credit, download this book!

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    Melody Oregon City, OR, USA 06-16-09
    Melody Oregon City, OR, USA 06-16-09
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    "The Help"

    I throughly enjoyed listening to this book. It held my attention every afternoon for 2 weeks while my grandchildren napped.
    Growing up as a child in Oregon during the 50's and 60's I was unaware of the treatment of people in the south. I was a little more than surprised to hear an account of the lives depicted in this book. I aligned myself with skeeter. Truly enjoyable and enlightening.

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    Robert M. Mountain View, CA, USA 06-15-09
    Robert M. Mountain View, CA, USA 06-15-09 Member Since 2003
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    "An incredible read."

    This is one of the best books I have experienced in almost 8 years of Audible. I was raised in the South, on the periphery of the experiences of these women. This is a moving, emotional account that will open your eyes to the trials of incredible people. Please don't miss it.

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