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)
This is one of those few books I couldn't wait to continue listening to. As the story is told, I got more intertwined and involved with the characters. I finished it this morning and continue to think about it. Loved the characters and the readers. I'm glad I listened to it rather than read it - the readers bring the characters to life. A great book to get lost in.
I never write reviews, but was compelled for this book. By far, one of the best books I've listened to. Extremely well-written, wonderful character development, and both humorous and touching. Incredibly read by the variety of readers. I couldn't wait to get to it each day. Highly, highly recommend!!
Quite an insightful look at life of privledged and their domestic help. I thought it was wonderful, I laughed and cried, could not wait to listen each day and was sad when it was coming to an end.
I have to travel 25 miles to and from work three days a week. I have this book on my MP3 player and it makes the trip more bearable. I'm from the South and my husband and son tease me when I come in the house from listening to the book because my southern accent is more pronounced -- "Have you been listening to that book again?" I've found the narration very authentic and not contrived as you often hear in movies. The narrators are very talented in switching between characters. The story is elegant and at times makes me ashamed that I'm from the South. But it also reminds me that there were, and are, some who fought against the staus quo of the South during the 60's - sometimes to their detriment. I've had some times when I sit in the car in the garage and listen to the book because I want to see how the scene turns out. I haven't finished it yet, only a few chapters left, but I know I won't want it to end.
Just finished listening to The Help. What an amazing story and narration! This has been one of my favorite audiobooks ever. I feel as if I know the characters personally. The Southern drawl was very well done, I was so impressed that each narrator could manage multiple accents and tones. There were times that the insight into life was stunning: such as Abilene's comment that "her methods for revenge were as precise as a dentist's tools." I am really bummed that it's over, I'm going to have to find something else by this author or someone like her. Highly recommended!
I loved listening to this audio- the readers made the characters come to life. Couldn't wait to get in my car each day to listen to more and then it ends, it just ends and left me with no closure; wanting to know what happened. I thought my ipod had skipped and I kept rewinding but no, it just ends. I know alot of 'Literature' is written to allow the reader to draw their own conclusions but I just don't like it. I need closure from my books. That said, I very much enjoyed this book, I do believe that in this case it was the voices and animation of the storeytellers as much as anything. I don't know if I would have enjoyed it as much in print.
Wonderful, ssad, laugh out loud funny, masterfuly done book. I loved it and loved the narrators who did a great job of all the characters. Wish I could continue to follow the characters and know what follows-this is a great book to listen to-one of the best I have listened to and one that reminds us all that we truly are the same no matter our color or creed
I loved this audio book and immediately went back to the author name and was disappointed this was her first book. My emotions in reading went from laughing out loud to feeling the characters pain. I feel the audio gave the book character.
This was an excellent book. Sometimes we tend to forget how nasty race relations were in the past. This book is a cold reminder of how shameful our (whites) attitudes and actions were not too many years ago. I know we still don't live in a perfect world, but it's good to take a look back that we will continue to strive for a better society. It was well done and the readers were excellent.
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